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Coding Dojo at Exeter University

The University of of Exeter is holding an occasional series of ‘Coding Dojos’, starting on Thursday 3rd November, with the first one on the subject of Graph Databases, hosted by Gerry McNicol, co-founder of Big Consultancy and long-time data-scientist and developer.

The topic:
Relational databases like MySQL, PostgreSQL don’t really store relationships. We’re going dive into the alternative world of Graph databases and see why internet giants like Facebook, Netflix and LinkedIn use this particular NoSQL model.

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Games For Better #GameJam

Our friends down in Plymouth at SoGoodStudios are running a 48h game jam, raising awareness about Antibiotic Resistance on the evening of Friday 30th September through to Sunday 2nd October.

The theme of the Jam is ‘Antibiotic Resistance’ – we want to see games that teach about and raise awareness of this issue in fun and engaging ways.

The jam will take place in Plymouth University’s Babbage building, where developers taking part can stay for the full 48 hours. However, you can also take part remotely.

You can take part solo, or as part of a team.

You’ll be asked to submit a build of your game, as well as some gameplay footage, to a google drive folder, and to fill out a form with some more details on your entry.

Find out more at http://sogoodstudios.com/gamesforbetter/

Multiplayer Gaming Test at the Boardgame Cafe

Some of you may have realised that i’m pretty big into gaming – and following on from the WiFi wars event earlier in July I couldn’t stop myself from building something similar! Hosted at Board (Exeter’s awesome boardgame cafe) I’m taking over their “Open Gaming Night” on Tuesday 9th August where people can rock up to play boardgames with friends and strangers alike, but i’m adding an electronic gaming component to it!

What is it?

I built a multiplayer gaming system, where you use your mobile phone to control retro games – but with a twist: You get paired up with a random person, and each of you gets half of the control pad – one of you can jump, the other can move left / right, and you get 20 seconds to make your way through as much of the game until it’s the next pair’s turn!

Here it is in action at the Sundown Demoparty earlier in July:

I built that in a week with nodeJS, socketio and HTML5, so it was a little buggy… if you would like to help me test out a new version of the code, give feedback and to help me work out what devices it works on, please register on the facebook event.

Note: Board Open Gaming Nights are not free, you need to pay to play games at Board. More details on their facebook page.

Wifi Wars at the Exeter Phoenix

Wifi Wars is an audience participation gaming event which is currently touring the country, and it was held at the Exeter Phoenix on Thursday 7th July. Rob and I went along…

The event is the brainchild of Rob Sedgebeer and Steve McNeil behind the airing-in-the-near-future TV gaming show “Go 8-bit” (hosted by Dara O’Briain).

To join in, you connect to a wifi network using your mobile phone, and then you visit a web page which then allows you to control aspects of the games (triggered by the presenters). I had a go at a similar thing at the Mozilla Conference last year and it worked pretty well, but this had a lot more polish to it!

The guys bring 4x access points, 2 laptops (for game control, projection, VR demo etc) and everything runs in HTML5 with a NodeJS backend. We had an awesome night of gaming, despite there not being many people attending!

Some pics from the Exeter event:

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