“BEING AN ALLY GAME JAM” INVITES GAME DEVELOPERS TO CREATE INNOVATIVE VIDEO GAMES THAT SUPPORT ANTI-BULLYING AND BUILD ALLY BEHAVIORS
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment and the Anti-Defamation League Co-Host Hackathon in Four Cities
[PRESS RELEASE] OAKLAND, CA (OCTOBER 17, 2017) – The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE), the first dedicated video game museum open to the public in the United States, together with the Anti-Defamation League(ADL), today announced that they will be hosting the “Being an Ally Game Jam,” a hackathon where video game developers come together to create new games and interactive experiences that teach empathy, and employ anti-bias and anti-bullying themes.
The “Being an Ally Game Jam” events run from 7 PM on Saturday, October 21until 7 PM on October 22, 2017. The games developed will be due by 7 PM on October 27 on Game Jolt. The event will be held at locations across the United States, including Austin, TX; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; and Santa Barbara, CA.
With America currently as divided as ever and more people being targeted by bias, bullying and hatred, both online and offline, the goal of the “Being an Ally Game Jam” is to reinforce and encourage positive behavior towards others through video games. The games developed as part of this Game Jam will be a tool to help explore and illustrate what it means to be an ally — both for the people developing the games and for the people playing and spreading the word about them afterwards.
In addition to the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment, other partner organizations helping to promote this effort include Game Jolt, Playcrafters, Games for Change, and the International Game Developers Association. At ADL, the effort is being led by its cyber-focused Center on Technology and Society.
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (The MADE) is a 501(c)(3) organization and museum dedicated to activities that engage participants with all forms of digital art and entertainment. It is the first dedicated open to the public video game museum in the United States. The MADE is based in Oakland, California.
About the Anti-Defamation League
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias curricula for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all. Follow us on Twitter: @ADL_National.
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