To break down the barriers of social isolation and economic invisibility the AbleGamers Foundation along with their returning partners, Train Jam recently announced they will be sending three video-game developers with disabilities to the GCD 2018 with an all-expenses paid three-day train ride to join some of the best and brightest developers to create exciting and unique video games. The GDC is the world’s biggest annual event for highly talented game developers with a passion for what they love.
Train Jam 2018 begins on the Thursday, March 15th, 2018 which departs at Chicago Union Station, and ends on Saturday, March 17th, 2018 in San Francisco. The GDC 2018 begins on March 19th and ends on the 23rd of March.
The event is to encourage developer diversity and initiatives from emergent territories, minorities, and those with disabilities to push themselves out of their comfort zones from their regular work offices, homes or schools to submit their applications so they can work with other people within their fields to enhance what they already know and to expand their knowledge.
“We’re so excited to partner with AbleGamers again for Train Jam 2018. We strive to create an environment where developers from all different backgrounds can collaborate to create amazing games, and we’re beyond thrilled to be working directly with a charity that can help us achieve our vision. We look forward to supporting the three new developers AbleGamers chooses to join us for the event.” said Adriel Wallick, founder of Train Jam.
“AbleGamers is proud to offer support of future game developers with disabilities through the wonderful Train Jam event. Adriel and her team work tirelessly to help the developers of tomorrow of diverse backgrounds break into the industry and bring their ideas to life for everyone to enjoy.” Spohn continued, “It’s so difficult for developers with disabilities to find employment and growth opportunities in the videogame industry. Sponsoring three talented, next generation developers with the opportunity to get an extra edge at a bright future is one of our favorite initiatives.” said Steven Spohn, COO, AbleGamers.
During the start of the trip, a game jam theme will be provided, and attendees will have 52 hours to form a team, create an idea, and bring that idea to life based on the given theme. The best of the best will be challenged and pushed for creativity and an idea that fits their vision.
Chosen applicants will have access to special accommodation for various disabilities as well as travel aid to assist. If required, participants will have further service animal accommodation, wheelchair accessibility, caretaker or family pass or an on-board ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter.
With everything included, those selected will also have All Access passes to everything the GDC has to offer – panels, technology showcasing and demos of different classic and unreleased games for varying types of consoles.
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