SASE, Booz Allen, and Unity are teaming up for a virtual event designed to:

  • Teach you the Unity editor basics as a digital blank canvas for creation and expression
  • Explore diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues
  • Learn to create immersive experiences and prepare for the final challenge on 2-3 October, 2021 - a game jam around the theme "Perspectives of Color"


The top three submissions will receive cash prizes and have their work showcased during the 2021 SASE National Conference.

Teams of 2 - 5 will have 24 hours to develop their submissions along one of two themes:

APIDA Story: How can we as an APIDA community share our stories and bring awareness to the challenges we face?

APIDA Allyship: Given the complexity of our community, how do we become better allies and communicate that allyship within and outside?

• Game jams are events that bring people together from diverse backgrounds to create playable games in a short timeframe.

• The SASE Game Jam Summer Learning path is open to undergraduate and graduate students of all skill levels.

• Meet people, build teams on the fly, and explore social justice using immersive & videogaming technology!

All are welcome!
Register if you are interested in any of the following:

  • Learning more about Game Jam
  • Participating in the summer learning path or webinars
  • Competing in the Game Jam on October 2-3

REGISTER



Join our summer learning path to prepare for the October game jam



Develop tech skills from experts - including the lead game developer of the Metroid Prime Series



DEI storytelling webinar with Don Young - Executive Producer of the Peabody award-winning PBS series 'Asian Americans'



Complete activities and earn points to become the 1 winner of an Alienware laptop; giveaway on September 30



Gain on-going mentorship and instructions for build submissions



Compete in teams of 2 - 5 for prizes on October 2-3

First Place: $3000
Second Place: $1500
Third Place: $1000


SUMMER LEARNING PATH LEADERBOARD CHALLENGE

SUBMIT ACTIVITY COMPLETION TO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. TO EARN LEADERBOARD POINTS AND PRIZES
TOP 8 SCORES GET A CHANCE TO WIN AN ALIENWARE LAPTOP DURING FINAL WEBINAR ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2021
MUST BE PRESENT DURING GIVEAWAY

ChallengeTotal PointsActivitiesHow to Earn
Game Jam 101 250 1 Watch Brackey’s “HOW TO GAME JAM!” video, send completion send screen capture of completion with username and a single key takeaway
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) 2500 5 Watch and submit a brief reflection/reaction/lesson learned on each of the following (~100-200 words, 500 pts/ea):
– Molding AAPI Consciousness
– Allyship
– Up to three videos (500 pts/ea) from the Asian Americans PBS Learning Media Gallery in preparation for the 8/26 “Storytelling” webinar with series executive producer, Don Young (CAAM)
Unity Essentials 3000 6 Complete the following Unity Essentials courses and submit screen capture of completion with username (500 pts/ea):
– Setup Wizard
– Explore the Unity Editor
– Foundations of Real-Time 3D
– Foundations of Programming in Unity
– Foundations of Real-Time Audio
– Foundations of Real-Time 2D
Live Webinars 4000 4 – Attend one (or all) of the live webinars on the Summer Learning Pathway between July 15 and September 16 (1000 pts/each) – Makeup webinar (500 pts/each) - watch recorded session and submit a 100-200 word reflection/reaction/takeaway

SCHEDULE

SELF-PACED

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Molding AAPI Consciousness
Join Kent Tong from OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates as he discusses race, identity, and advocating for the AAPI community.

LIVE WEBINAR

Video Gaming Industry

Mike Wikan
July 15 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM ET

This launch event will feature Mike Wikan, the award-winning previous Senior Game Designer of Retro Studios, current Creative Director at Booz Allen, and the designer of a host of games including the Metroid Prime series, Donkey Kong Country Returns and Tropical Freezes. During this webinar you’ll get the chance to hear directly from an expert on the video gaming industry, where Mike share his experiences as a leader in game development and his insights on the future landscape of the industry.

 

SELF-PACED

Video Game Bootcamp

Foundations of Programming in Unity

SELF-PACED

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Allyship
Highlighting the experiences of 4 APIA Scholars and Alumni, this conversation focuses on how they have worked across Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities to build connection and solidarity. These students and young professionals describe what allyship or co-conspiratorship means to them, their motivations and inspirations in this work and how to move forward together.

LIVE WEBINAR

Beginner's Guide to Making Your Own Assets + Unity Asset Store

August 5 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM ET

Join Booz Allen immersive studio artists for an overview and live demonstration on how to quickly build a scene and procedurally make assets with industry tools. They will also introduce the Unity Asset Store and other platforms, explain how to use them for both free and for-purchase assets, and share tips on how to integrate assets into a Unity scene. The speakers Mena Valley, Jackson Barnes, and Thomas J. Codrick have experiences ranging across the immersive design field from prototyping and modeling environments to the development of virtual, augmented, and extended reality (VR/AR/XR) platforms, and you’ll get the chance to ask them questions at the end!

 

SELF-PACED

Video Game Bootcamp

Foundations of Real-Time 2D

SELF-PACED

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Asian Americans (PBS)

LIVE WEBINAR

DEI Session: Storytelling

August 26 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM ET

Join us and special guest speaker Donald Young for the opportunity to learn about promoting and engaging with diversity, equity, and inclusion through the power of storytelling. Donald is the Director of Programs for the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and one of the executive producers of the Peabody Award winning PBS documentary series Asian Americans. This expansive five-part docuseries will act as the foundation for the webinar and can inspire and inform your final Game Jam submissions in the October competition. In this discussion you’ll get to have important and timely conversations on allyship, AAPI consciousness, and ways we can all learn from the individual lives and personal histories told through stories.

 

SELF-PACED

Video Game Bootcamp

Foundations of Real-Time Audio

LIVE WEBINAR

Rapid Prototyping Process and Pipeline + Starter Projects

September 16 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM ET

Join prototyping professionals Chief Engineer Kevin Kingsbury and Immersive Designer Zachary McPhink for the Rapid Prototyping webinar to learn how to quickly assemble and test your game ideas in preparation for the upcoming October challenge. You will hear about the history and applications of Rapid Prototyping in both software and hardware advancements as well as and the tools, tactics and, best practices in Unity. This webinar is also an opportunity to ask any questions about how to bring your game concepts to prototypes for submission!

 

LIVE WEBINAR

Challenge Review

September 30 @ 7:00 PM - 8:15 PM ET




PARTNERS

Boeing

Booz Allen Hamilton

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The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers

Unity