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Where: Snakes & Lattes at 600 Bloor St W
When: 6pm – 9pm
- Monday, August 17th, 2015
- Monday, August 31st, 2015
- Monday, September 21st, 2015
- Monday, October 5th, 2015
- Monday, October 19th, 2015
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Last night Every1Games took home the First Place Award at Philanthropitch, the first ever Dragons Den style all in one pitch competition for charities, non-profits and social enterprises!
The $26, 860.00 in cash and other services awarded to Every1Games is going to help us grow our network of support. In the next year we will be bringing together game developers to address talent acquisition so that we can continue to support neurodivergent clients through to a career while meeting the needs of employers (creative studios) seeking talent. I am so proud of our staff at Every1Games, an amazing group of students and industry professionals helping participants in our programs develop the skills they need to succeed!
Thank you Social Ventures Partners, CSI and Toronto+Acumen, the founders of this amazing event and the 18 other organizations making up the Capacity Builder’s Collective who joined forces, funds and resources to make granting funds easier and more efficient for companies like Every1Games to access funding.
We are so grateful for this award. It is an honour to have been in competition with so many great people who are helping to create social impact in their neighbourhoods. Congratulations to all the finalists! Please take some time to check out these amazing businesses in Toronto, logos are linked to their websites :). (Common Ground Co-Op and Good Foot Delivery also work with the autism community!)
Also thank you to the judges who recognized the value of Every1Games. The panel of judges included Amanda Lang (Jounalist & Senior Business Correspondent, CBC), Jeannette Wiltse (COO, Relay Ventures), Tonya Surman (CEO, Centre for Social Innovation), Gianni Ciufo (Financial Advisory Partner, Deloitte), Rahul Bhardwaj (President & CEO, Toronto Foundation), Abigail Slater (Chair, Social Venture Partners), and Tanya Bass (Chair, Toronto+Acumen).
Spring is here and sadly, March Break has ended. We played with Google Cardboard to experience virtual reality, learned life lessons with Chappie, and hung out on the set of Much Music. We also met with an awesome leading game development team in their Toronto studio, and more!
If it sounds like we are gloating, its because we are. The staff worked hard to put together an awesome week to explore a variety of media. Though the original plan was to work on computers, something wonderful happened, a mistake was made and we lost the classrooms we booked. Why is that wonderful??? Because it forced us to think outside the box and the result was an unforgettable week filled with new and exciting experiences, friendships and memories!
Day 1 – Making Board Games to Understand Environmental Story Telling
The first day we really spent a lot of our time getting to know each other. That is necessary to work well together, because who wants to work with strangers anyway? We also started making some board games after learning about all forms of media, themes, stories and narratives. Follow us if you are interested because next month we will be hosting a social night at Toronto’s Board Game Cafe, Snakes and Lattes!
Day 2 – Exploring Film and Tech with Google Cardboard Virtual Reality and Chappie at Rainbow Cinemas!
There is an awesome way to experience Virtual Reality on your mobile phone and its called Google Cardboard. Our game developer friends at Game Pill Inc. write more about how it works and what the toy company Mattel has planned for this technology, check out What is Google Cardboard?
If you’ve never been to Rainbow Cinemas, it was a treat. The murals on the wall, the art gallery in the lobby and the friendly staff made our trip to see Chappie more awesome than we imagined. This movie was gangster. No, really. Be warned that the 14A really means a ton of swearing, guns, and adult content. After seeing the movie we had an opportunity to reflect on what we learned about literary themes. Our reflection brought forward the themes of authority, weapons and political power, betrayal, family, religion and technology. Chappie is not just a movie about a robot with a conscience and artificial intelligence, but a reflection on many past and current events happening today. Thank goodness Every1Games is a place for mature teens and young adults – this is not for kids!
The awesomeness continues…
Day 3 – Experiencing Arts and Craft Galleries at the Harbourfront Center
Visual art, glass blowing and metalworks are just a few of the creative arts we explored at the Harbourfront Centre. We also learned next week Disabled Theatre is premiering in Canada! You can read more about it –> here!
Day 4 – Meeting Video Game Developers Get Set Games! Exploring Game Development!
Meeting with local successful teams in the game industry is one of the ways we create low-anxiety networking experiences. Industry Allies like Get Set Games support Every1Games and help bring opportunities to neurodivergent and autistic youth interested in a career in games! (Yes, that is the office dog [below]!).
The awesome team at Get Set Games took the time to answer all our questions about mobile game development and hung out with us playing games and talking industry. Truth be told everyone was more interested in taking turns playing Storm Casters and Mega Run than asking questions, but we certainly learned a lot about the video game industry. Did you know that this development team is made up of friends from George Brown College?
Check out Storm Casters and download it! You won’t regret this game in your library.
And if you are not sick of awesome yet…
Day 5 – Bell Media Building! Exploring Music, Entertainment News and much more
We had the amazing opportunity to have a tour around the Bell Media Building at 299 Queen St W that houses many different live and recorded shows. We had the opportunity to see the set of CP24, BNN, ETalk, The Marilyn Dennis Show and many more. This building makes it easy for celebrities to come to one building and have the opportunity to be on several different shows without leaving , especially if it’s cold outside like it was this winter. We even had a special tour of the control panel room that controls what is on the screens of CP24 at all times. It was an outstanding experience and a great way to wrap up our week!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this March Break amazing, the participants, staff, and our industry allies Get Set Games, George Brown College School of Design, and the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University!
Any ideas how to top this next year!?
Last month Every1Games sponsored and hosted #EatPlayMingle along with the International Game Developers Association from George Brown College. The event was an opportunity for programmers, artists, designers and students to come together and enjoy a night out while networking, playing games and eating pizza. There was a great turn out and a lot of connections were formed.
The attendees had the opportunity to learn more about Every1Games as we surveyed interests from excelling students who’d be interested in mentoring high school students.
They also got to engage with the members of 13AM Games on their process of making their new release Runbow which was created at a Toronto Game Jam and is coming out soon for the WiiU. (Runbow was also showcased at last years Level Up Student Showcase which is coming up again in april). 13AM Games spoke about their experiences making their game but also gave advice to those who want to follow in their footsteps. During the event there was an open opportunity for everyone to have a chance to play Runbow before it’s release.
Every1Games also recruited a team of 10 students who participated at this years Global Game Jam, a world-wide game development event where teams spend 48 consecutive hours developing a game based on a theme. This year 21,000 people in 78 countries participated. Check out the games!
We plan on hosting more #EatPlayMingle events in the future, subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed of all our upcoming events.
Participants in the Every1Games Toronto program will have an opportunity to meet Chris Capredoni, the person responsible for Empower Tablets. “Our cutting-edge tablet computers offer the latest technology at the best possible price. Our versatile tablets keep you moving forward whatever the task. From educational applications, (elementary, special needs, secondary and/or post-secondary) to small business applications, our Empower Tablets offer excellent value for any budget-minded consumer or organization. We have also started to develop Android Apps for children, specifically children with ASD or pre-school children. Our first App, Math for Kids, is in the Beta stage of development and testing.”
“Our project is the development of a visual based Android App to assist ASD and pre-school children to develop a foundation in mathematics. Teddy Bears appear on the screen and the child is given two choices, one correct and one incorrect.” This beta-test gives Every1Games participants an opportunity to try and break the game (for those unfamiliar with quality assurance and software testing breaking the game is a good thing because it means allows developers to fix it before release!).