Summer Game Academy - Harrisburg University

Summer Game Academy - Harrisburg University Check back Spring of 2017 for the Summer 2017 dates! The Summer Game Academy is an intensive summer program designed to introduce passionate young game designers and developers to the methods and processes used by professional game makers throughout the world.

The program focuses on all aspects of the creative process from ideation to problem-solving to delivery. Students will develop skills and strategies to prepare them for a future in the digital media industry.

Mission: To educate high school students about the process of game development through experiential learning.

Operating as usual

In case you weren't aware, registration for our Exploring Video Game Development camps (formerly known as the Summer Gam...
04/24/2019
Harrisburg - HU Summer Camps

In case you weren't aware, registration for our Exploring Video Game Development camps (formerly known as the Summer Game Academy) is now open!

If you're interested, head to this page to find the camp that works best for you.

Chaperone Residential Stay (Week) $750.00 Chaperones who stay at the Harrisburg University of Science and… Add to cart Chaperone Residential Stay (Weekend) $250.00 Chaperones will be able to add a residential stay over… Add to cart Residential Stay (Weekend) $250.00 Students who attend multiple ...

Here is another online game jam that is taking place on September 1 - 15.
08/20/2018
Music Game Jam 2018

Here is another online game jam that is taking place on September 1 - 15.

A game jam from 2018-09-01 to 2018-09-30 hosted by Xavier Ekkel. If you like these jams, please consider supporting their continuation on Patreon ! Welcome to the second annual Music Game Jam , where you have two we

An online game jam organized by Extra Credits, a very popular web series that focuses on game design. Game jams are a gr...
08/16/2018
The Very First Extra Credits Game Design Jam!

An online game jam organized by Extra Credits, a very popular web series that focuses on game design. Game jams are a great way to try out new things, meet new people, and practice those game development skills! And you don't even have to leave the comfort of your own home for this one!

A game jam from 2018-08-17 to 2018-08-20 hosted by Extra Credits. To cap off summer and get our creative juices flowing again after spending so many sweltering hours laying around the house playing Nintendo Switch, w

Some other picture from both sessions showing final presentations and parents playing the games, as well as what it’s li...
07/19/2018

Some other picture from both sessions showing final presentations and parents playing the games, as well as what it’s like inside of the Game Truck.

All of the games and presentations will be made available within the next week or two on our website, summergameacademy....
07/13/2018
Summer Game Academy at Harrisburg University

All of the games and presentations will be made available within the next week or two on our website, summergameacademy.harrisburgu.edu. Stay tuned...

The Summer Game Academy at Harrisburg University is the innovative program teaching high school students game development process.

I didn’t get a chance to showcase the progress of this session throughout the week, but we had a great session and congr...
07/13/2018

I didn’t get a chance to showcase the progress of this session throughout the week, but we had a great session and congrats to all of these young developers, storytellers, and creators.

Every morning we start the day with improvisational acting exercises, which are a great way to practice active listening...
07/11/2018

Every morning we start the day with improvisational acting exercises, which are a great way to practice active listening, creative storytelling, and supporting your team

Great job to our students this session! Keep making cool things.
06/29/2018

Great job to our students this session! Keep making cool things.

Sometimes we even play games during lunch
06/27/2018

Sometimes we even play games during lunch

These past few days, the students have been working on board games to gain some insight into the importance of rules, pl...
06/21/2018

These past few days, the students have been working on board games to gain some insight into the importance of rules, playtesting, and iterative design when creating games.

After improv every day, students go into their individual discipline tracks to learn how to create the parts necessary f...
06/19/2018

After improv every day, students go into their individual discipline tracks to learn how to create the parts necessary for the games they’ll be building later in the camp.

HU’s game designer in residence, Justin Sabo, is ending the first day by talking about the game development industry
06/18/2018

HU’s game designer in residence, Justin Sabo, is ending the first day by talking about the game development industry

First day of camp. We always kick off the day with improvisational acting exercises; they are a great way to learn creat...
06/18/2018

First day of camp. We always kick off the day with improvisational acting exercises; they are a great way to learn creative thinking, collaboration, and active listening, which are important skills in game development

HU has 15 full scholarships to students interested in joining our eSports team.
02/01/2018
Harrisburg University of Science and Technology

HU has 15 full scholarships to students interested in joining our eSports team.

As the new hires for the esports program at Harrisburg University, Chad and I are excited to move forward with open recruitment for 15 full-ride academic scholarships. We’re here to answer any/all questions you may have. More announcements regarding junior varsity and club esports to come.

If you, or someone you know is interested in learning more about the program or admissions process, check out more information here: http://harrisburgu.edu/esports/

Meanwhile, please share this link to our varsity player survey across your networks! https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Yed9uoj-DnT3Kv59FXGry_2D7MyokhvTMoxOXjIkTuU/edit?edit_requested=true

Be sure to follow Chad and I on Twitter to stay up to date on all things esports:
twitter.com/HUCentralTime
twitter.com/ChadSmeltz

Just a reminder about some amazing opportunities for college students and female / non-binary college students intereste...
11/22/2017
Women in Games Ambassadors

Just a reminder about some amazing opportunities for college students and female / non-binary college students interested in game development. The application deadline is December 6.

IGDA Scholars
http://scholars.igdafoundation.org/

Women in Games Ambassadors
http://igdafoundation.org/scholarships/women-in-games-ambassadors/

Apply | Alumni | Program Committee Applications for the 2018 Women in Games Ambassadors program at GDC in San Francisco are open! Apply HERE by or before the December 8, 2017 deadline! About The IG…

There is an upcoming 7 day game jam which focuses on using one of the most popular engines utilized by AAA studios. This...
10/31/2017
Announcing the 2017 Epic MegaJam

There is an upcoming 7 day game jam which focuses on using one of the most popular engines utilized by AAA studios. This is a great way to learn a new engine, practice using it, practice working on a team, or just trying something new.

The time for our 2017 Epic MegaJam has arrived! Grab a friend and dive into Unreal Engine on November 2nd to compete for great prizes, all while leveling up your development skills.

Scholarship opportunity
10/05/2017
GamingScan Scholarship – GamingScan

Scholarship opportunity

Calling out all student gamers and gaming enthusiasts all over the world! GamingScan is giving out $1500 through our Annual Gamer's Scholarship Program. We

09/19/2017
Alderac Entertainment Group

AEG is looking for people to help out at PAX Unplugged. Sounds like a pretty nice way to connect with a well established tabletop games developer and they'll cover the bulk of the cost of attending. You just need to get there and teach attendees how to play their games. You may even get some games out of the deal.

We have an opportunity! We are in need of a few volunteers for PAX Unplugged! These are full time positions. Shared room and Badge is provided.

Perks: You get to attend the very first PAX Unplugged show! In Philadelphia, PA.

Nov. 16 is move in day. Show is 17-19. Hotel is also covered for the 19th if needed. We will be selling, doing demos, and running games. We will also have a 50 player Big Game Night on Saturday! Anyone interested in volunteering for this show? Contact us at [email protected].

We will have new games! Be among the first Vanguards to learn and receive these games! Contact me if interested. You will need to provide your own transportation to Philly.

A great way to get involved in the game development community is to go to conventions. There is one coming up in Philade...
09/18/2017
Enforcers | PAX Unplugged - Philadelphia, PA - Nov 17 - 19, 2017

A great way to get involved in the game development community is to go to conventions. There is one coming up in Philadelphia called PAX Unplugged and they are looking for volunteers to help out with various different aspects of the show. This could be setting up the booths, helping developers get setup before talks, manning ticket / merchandising stands, or whatever. It's a great way to be a part of the community.

As tens of thousands of attendees enjoy and experience the spectacle that is PAX, the incredible and often hidden work of the Enforcers hums like a well-oiled machine. This incredible group of several thousands of individuals around the world tirelessly give a week or more of their lives each year,…

07/25/2017
2017 | Summer Game Academy

You can check out all of the games created by this summer's camp students. You can also see their presentations as well.

See you next summer!

These are the games created during our 2017 Exploring Video Game Development Camps. Please be aware that some will start off with really loud music. In

Great job to all of the teams from Session 2. That's it for us this summer. Check out website in a week or so to see the...
07/15/2017

Great job to all of the teams from Session 2. That's it for us this summer. Check out website in a week or so to see their presentations and play their games. We hope to see you all next year!

Great job everyone from session 1. On to session 2 on July 10.
06/30/2017

Great job everyone from session 1. On to session 2 on July 10.

06/30/2017
Harrisburg University Live Stream

See the final presentations at 10am here.

hulive.harrisburgu.edu

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First day of our two week camp. This is the biggest class we've had in a long time.
06/19/2017

First day of our two week camp. This is the biggest class we've had in a long time.

This page has been very quiet, but that's because our camps filled up before I could even promote them on this page.Then...
06/05/2017
Summer Game Academy at Harrisburg University

This page has been very quiet, but that's because our camps filled up before I could even promote them on this page.

Then we got a bigger room and now have space for more students!

So, registration is open for both of our camps until they are filled up or the camp starts:
- June 19 - 30 (including Saturday the 24th)
- July 10 - 14

Check out our webpage and share with any local high school students who are interested in game development!

Let's Play PA is just under two weeks away! Come check out local game developers, listen to talks from professionals in ...
02/06/2017
COvG – Let's Play PA

Let's Play PA is just under two weeks away! Come check out local game developers, listen to talks from professionals in the industry, including our keynote speaker from Riot Games, and come celebrate the Pennsylvania game development community at the Awards Show. This will be a great time and we hope you join us!

http://letsplaypa.org/

Event News What’s Happening at Let’s Play PA Check out what you can experience if you come to Let’s Play PA: Hear from game development professionals about a variety of industry topics Explore PA based game studios in our Expo Hall Learn about different development tools through our workshop session...

Looking for something to do in February? How about coming to HU for a game developers event called Let's Play PA. It's a...
01/24/2017
COvG – Let's Play PA

Looking for something to do in February? How about coming to HU for a game developers event called Let's Play PA. It's a chance to listen to professionals talk about different topics, meet local game developers, and celebrate the game development community of Pennsylvania.

http://letsplaypa.org/

Do you think that you could design a game that tackles the challenges of migrant populations and their integration into ...
01/10/2017
G4C Migration Challenge: A $10,000 game design competition

Do you think that you could design a game that tackles the challenges of migrant populations and their integration into other societies for the chance to win $10,000? Then check out this competition.

Submit your idea for a game that connects existing and migrating communities. Deadline is February 15!

For those of you who haven't heard, Let's Play PA is a game developers conference specifically geared towards the Pennsy...
12/06/2016
COvG – Consortium on Video Games

For those of you who haven't heard, Let's Play PA is a game developers conference specifically geared towards the Pennsylvania game development community. It's aim is to bring as many game dev students, educators, and developers as possible under one roof for a day of sharing, learning, and networking.

Registration is now open so feel free to check it out and register for this unique opportunity.

Some things worth noting:
> There will be talks by professionals and academics
> There will be an Expo hall for PA based developers and schools to show off their work
> There is an open competition for any game developer who is at least in high school for a chance to win some awesome trophies. Finalists are invited to share their games at a booth in the expo hall and the winners will be announced at the Awards Show.

Let's Play PA takes place on Saturday, February 18th. Let's connect our futures.

Timeline Photos
11/18/2016

Timeline Photos

A very good layout of the path to professional game development.
09/27/2016
Choose Your Own Adventure

A very good layout of the path to professional game development.

Liz Mercuri is your guide on the path from student to industry professional

And that's a wrap!Thank you to all of the students who worked hard to create a game.Thank you to all of the staff for he...
07/22/2016

And that's a wrap!

Thank you to all of the students who worked hard to create a game.

Thank you to all of the staff for helping them navigate their disciplines.

Thank you to all of the attendees of the final presentations for showing your support for what we do and what your students have done.

We'll post links to the final presentations next week and we'll add all of the games that were made before the end of the summer.

Keep making cool things!

Cheers!

Timeline Photos
07/21/2016

Timeline Photos

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