nextLEVEL Microfestival of Games

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February 2019
Springfield Central Library

Break through to the nextLEVEL with a packed weekend of free events for players and creators with a passion for games and games development.

 

What: nextLEVEL is a free micro-festival for adults and teens with a passion for gaming and games development. With workshops in games development, a knockout tournament, plus a presentation and panel featuring some of Queensland’s best indie games developers, teachers and commentators, the 2-day free Microfestival of Games is for young people interested in careers in and around games.

Where: Springfield Central Library, corner Sirious Drive and Main Street, Orion Springfield Central, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February 2019.

When: The nextLEVEL Microfestival of Games is on Saturday 23 February from 8.00 am and Sunday 24 February. Registration for all nextLEVEL events  opens Friday 1 Feb.  

Who:  Adults and Teens 13+ with intermediate level computer skills

Cost: This is a free event

Background:

  • Developed with financial assistance from the Queensland Government through State Library of Queensland.
  • Ipswich Libraries is a successful recipient of a Public Library Strategic Priorities Grant among 18 Councils across Queensland.

 

nextLEVEL Microfestival of Games Program of Events

Date & Time

Title

Theme

Information

Saturday 23 February

8.00 am – 10.00 am

Breakfast at the nextLEVEL

Start Your Career In Games

Popular video games broadcaster Stephanie Bendixsen (Hex) from ABC’s Good Game and Seven’s screenPLAY will host an informative discussion on careers in and around gaming.

Feast on the knowledge and experience of some of Queensland’s most active industry professionals including: Morgan Jaffit (Defiant Development); Dr Iain McManus (SAE) and Ray Morgan (Zed Games)

Saturday 23 February

10.30 am – 11.00am

11.00 am – 11.30 am

11.30 am – 12.00 pm

nextLEVEL VR

Immersive Gaming

Ready, set, play.

Immerse yourself in the ultimate first-person gaming experience with Oculus Go. Control your own gaming experience while enjoying state-of-the-art 3D graphics. 

 

Saturday 23 February

12.30 pm – 4.30 pm

nextLEVEL WORKSHOP

Introduction to Unity

Get started in game development with Unity. Learn the basics of this industry favourite starting with 2D platformer games.

Intermediate computer skills are required. Presented by James Bowling, Trick Shot Development.

 

Sunday 24 February

9.00 am – 12.00 pm

nextLEVEL MASTERCLASS

Unity for VR

Create a unique gaming environment using Unity. Build digital landscapes using objects, textures and your imagination then immerse yourself using Virtual Reality. Presented by Lex Van Cooten from Immerse Enterprise.

Intermediate computer skills are required.

Sunday 24 February

1.00 pm – 5.00 pm

nextLEVEL KNOCKOUT

Games Tournament

Enter the arena and prepare for battle. Compete against other players in a knockout tournament of PC games.

Be the ultimate surviving player to win yourself a Nintendo Switch.

Sunday 24 February

10.00 am – 11.30 am

Parenting Digital Children

The Family & Technology Balance

Learn the best approaches for healthy, safe and positive use of technology in your family.

Dr Joanne Orlando (Joanneorlando.com.au), leading expert in the field of children and technology, will talk about growing up in the digital age and provide advice for parents on finding a good balance.

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