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Give Backathon “Game Jam”

Building cool games to inspire & teach Indigenous youth how to code!

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Give Backathon “Game Jam” is a charity hackathon where game developers and changemakers get together to build games to help Indigenous youth.

Why

After running the first ever Indigenous hackathon last year (2017), we are now running the first “Game Jam” that aims to help close the disparity gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians by building games, which will inspire and teach Indigenous youth how to code. This will empower them with invaluable skills for the future workplace or allow them to start their own startup/business as a Tech Founder.

In 2016, more than half (53%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were aged under 25 years and Indigenous unemployment was at 21 per cent, an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008, and is 4 times the current non-Indigenous unemployment rate of 5 per cent (Australian Bureau of Statistics).

However, Australia’s digital economy is projected to be worth $139 billion a year by 2020 but its growth is inhibited by a skills shortage, according to the most recent study from Deloitte Access Economics and The Australian Computer Society.

By empowering Indigenous youth to achieve their self-determination and career aspirations through coding/technology, we can reshape our communities for the better and help close the disparity gap.

Outcomes

  • Build games that inspire and teach Indigenous youth how to code and develop their own games e.g. kolap on MIT Scratch.

RULES

  • You can use any existing games, tools, code, languages, etc.

  • Collaboration & Team Work is Welcome!

  • Nothing illegal or personal attacks (bullying) - we're here to have fun & make some cool games for a worthy cause.

  • You can also build games and participate from any where in the world (virtual Game Jam).

DATE

8 - 10 March 2019

LOCATION

General Assembly Melbourne, 12a/45 William St, Melbourne VIC 3000


2017 Give Backathon

Brisbane's best tech minds have come together to help close the technology gap for First Nations charities. The first event of its kind, the national charity hackathon saw software developers and creative thinkers team up to find tech-based solutions for non-profit groups. NITV's Ella Archibald-Binge reports for 'The Point'.
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Give Backathon is national charity hackathon that gives worthy charities valuable technology-based solutions to help increase their social impact. Give Backathon exists because (unfortunately) a lot of charities that are making a difference in our communities lack funding and technical skills.

Give Backathon brings together the brightest and nicest techies and professionals to work together and give back.

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In May 2017, Give Backathon will focus on helping four Indigenous charities.

Unemployment Rate

Why?

According to the latest government employment study, the Indigenous unemployment rate is currently 21%, an increase of 4.3 percentage points since 2008, and is 4 times the current non-Indigenous unemployment rate of 5%. Through disempowerment and lack of opportunity, the Indigenous community in Australia has the highest rate of suicide of any community in the world.

By helping these Indigenous charities, we can help re-shape these statistics - help make a difference and have a ton of fun - limited spots available so join this worthy cause now!

 

Charities

  First Nations Foundation   Indigenous Financial Literacy

First Nations Foundation

Indigenous Financial Literacy

  Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre   Education and Mentoring Programs

Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre

Education and Mentoring Programs

  SevGen   Social Enterprise Development

SevGen

Social Enterprise Development

  The Streets Movement Organisation   Community Development

The Streets Movement Organisation

Community Development

Free Event - Register now!!!

  • Lunch and dinner will be provided on both days

  • Win some cool prizes for volunteering your time and helping these incredible charities

    • 3 months x Complementary casual membership at Fishburners (Australia's largest co-working space), valued at $900/team member

    • $500 for Best Hacker

    • Xbox One for Best Hustler

    • 4-week paid intership at RedEye Apps

    • $84 off your GitHub account

    • More awesome prizes will be announced soon...

Date

20th - 21st May 2017

Location

Fishburners, Level 2, 155 Queen Street, Brisbane City, QLD 4000

Facilitator

  Alisha Geary   Founder,  Faebella

Alisha Geary

Founder,

Faebella

Judges

  Mark Sowerby   Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur

Mark Sowerby

Queensland's Chief Entrepreneur

  Lisa Jenkinson   Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (KPMG Qld)

Lisa Jenkinson

Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (KPMG Qld)

  Tim McLennan   CEO, qutbluebox Pty Ltd

Tim McLennan

CEO, qutbluebox Pty Ltd

Event Sponsors and Partners

Give Backathon is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.

Sponsors

Community Partners

Organising Team