GameOn Competition

14 December 2012

This past Monday Mozilla opened their very first “GameOn” competition, as a way to promote their own products (how about Firefox and their upcoming Firefox OS) but also as a way to promote web-based games and the technologies that make it possible…. HTML, CSS, JavaScript, but also other open options like WebGL and WebRTC.

A competition divided in  three categories:

– Best hackable game (where any player can remix game mechanics, fork code, or use assets from the web to create their own version.

– Best Multi-Device game … to “explore” concepts like asymmetric gaming, alternate reality games, and companion apps

– And best Web-only Game (for games that can only be played on the web).

And what do winners get? Besides grabbing get a Nvidia GeForce GTX670 if you’re one of the 3 category winners there will be a special prize for the “Grand Champion”… an all expense paid trip to San Francisco for GDC 2013 with hotel accommodation, tickets to the GDC …and a large etc. Sounds about fair.

Bananabread still
Bananabread still

You’ll have to submit your playable prototype by Feb 24 built using open web technologies and the game should run plug-in free on the browser of course. And to get things started properly they’re organising 2 simultaneous game jams in New York and London this weekend (apparently more are coming later on) so if you’re around…. (more info here).

Rules and more info on the GameOn website.

GameOn poster
GameOn poster
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Open(Art) Call for Proposals

13 October 2012

Here’s one of our quick reminders for the weekend…. Now that the deadline has been extended (only until next Friday though)  you may be willing to know that Open(Art), aka the joint project between New York’s Eyebeam center & Mozilla Foundation, is still accepting submissions…

Project Open studio
One of the projects from last summer’s Open Studios edition (all images via EyeBeam)

Both non-profit organisations are collaborating together in this “Open(Art)” contest, which in essence is looking for new, fresh and exciting ideas that need some development and funding help.

Open(Art) is a unique opportunity for artists and technologists to collaborate on new work that catalyzes creative participation on a global scale. Interested makers are invited to propose projects that push the boundaries of online or networked culture and address contemporary social challenges, while contributing to the community of practice around creative code”.

Open Paths project
Open Paths project from last summer’s Open Studios, a limited edition LP that features a continuous year of personal location-tracking data recorded by Brian House

Three (3) projects will be selected from an open call for proposals. Mozilla and Eyebeam will support Open(Art) Fellows to produce, present and grow the projects over a six-month development process. Each of the three selected project teams will be awarded a $15,000 production budget and resources to develop their work, including desk space and access to design, research, and fabrication studios at Eyebeam’s New York location.

The contest is open to any non-student participant from anywhere (although acommocation and relocation for non-New Yorkers isn’t provided) and looks like perfect opportunity for artists & technologists (or simply, anyone with a great idea) to fusion art and open web. More info on how to apply & conditions, dates…etc this way ladies & gentlemen.

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