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“For the fifth year A MAZE. is welcoming african and international independent game developers, artists, forward thinkers, vr designers and digital activists in Johannesburg to exchange tools, skills and ideas in the fields of independent games and playful media. This year we like to create positive chaos!" --- Thorsten S. Wiedemann, founder and director of A MAZE.

A MAZE. / Johannesburg is also a public event. Open arcade with the best selection of amazing independent videogames and alternative games with weird controllers. We bring together what belongs together. Games, music and people. 

A MAZE. / Johannesburg is an annual evolving platform for african and international playful media artists. Also a playground for everyone who wants to experience the magic of the Human-Human-Machine interaction.

A MAZE. provides an intensive 3-day program with talks, workshops, panels, hypertalks, screenings, artistic games, VR experiences, playful installations, concerts, av performances and party in the heart of Johannesburg, Braamfontein. 

Since A MAZE. is the first festival of that kind in Africa we have the responsibility to create a platform that grows from inside to secure the longterm goals like a national funding systems, more and effective international collaborations between universities, institutions, cultural agencies, studios and creatives

Thanks due the funding by the City of Johannesburg we’re also able to create one A MAZE. Pop up in Soweto. 

More infomations on www.amaze-johannesburg.co.za

A MAZE. / Johannesburg is part of Fak’ugesi African Digital Innovation Festival, curated and organized by A MAZE.

www.a-maze.net
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Friday, September 2 • 17:30 - 18:00
#Gamedev as a Jump Start for Small (African) Communities

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A talk on how the global game development community helps kick-start game development in non-existent locations and how to get started if you'd like to grow your own game development community. Specifically with the example of Lusaka, Zambia and how the growing community of game developers burgeoned after an amateur attempt at participating in the Global Game Jam 2014. After many more game jams (like GGJ and the Ludum Dare) and events focused on game development, there have been many more game developers discovered in Zambia as well as unexpected people getting introduced to the art.

Speakers
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Sithe Ncube

Director, Ubongo Game Lab
Following a passion for the intersection of technology and visual art, Sithe co-founded a maker community and a game development community in her home country, Zambia. She is currently the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Organiser for the Global Game Jam and is working on getting more African locations to be a part of the worlds largest game development event. She also designs games and writes stories when nobody's looking.


Friday September 2, 2016 17:30 - 18:00
Founder's Square 41 Juta Street

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