Earlier this year my brother J was invited to give a presentation with his Code Club at a DATA Play event. DATA Play is all about the local tech community and others looking at data provided by the Council and finding cool and interesting ways to use it. J talked about what he does at Code Club, making games on Scratch and collaborating with other young games makers (I’ve also been making my own games).
When he got home we talked about it and had some ideas of our own for using local data and we entered them into a competition run by Plymouth City Council. We were one of the winners with our Plymouth Outdoors idea, and me and my brother are getting to work with a local tech company Elixel and see if we can make our idea into an app to help people find local sports facilities. We use public sports facilities quite a lot but it can be difficult to find them as they aren’t always on maps.
Since then we’ve been to more DATA Play events and to two Digital Futures days organised by RIO. One amazing project we’ve seen is PlymouthCubed by @dyrms86. Neil has been building Plymouth in Minecraft and he has made some brilliant videos which have inspired my newest watercolour painting at the top of this post. We also saw a dinosaur that roared every time someone tweeted about the event which was put together by @neilcford who also gave me and J a Shrimp Kit to play with. We have also met Lucy (@jargonautical) who gave a great demonstration, she had built a virtual Pi with a sense hat in Minecraft from coloured wool, and when we clicked on different parts of the wool they changed colour to match LEDs on the connected real Pi sense hat! We have a Pi here and want to do this project at home soon.
The most recent Digital Futures event was last Friday , and J was on the flyer! We participated in different workshops and met some new people. One person I met was Reece from Our Way Tech, who are a team of young people who are consultants to tech companies on finding new digital ways to do things involving young people, and who also won a DATA play competition with their pop-up past project. I’m hoping to meet Reece and his team in the summer and maybe collaborate on something.
Me and J were also introduced into some new ways of making games by @Ohcarson from Sizeable Games and Jack from So Good Studios. Oliver helped us learn how to use PICO-8 and Jack was really friendly, talking to us about his team’s new game Tap Tournament. Tap Tournament is a multiplayer game, four players each control a knight and you battle by swinging your sword to bat around a ball at each other. It’s very fun and the levels aren’t that long so you don’t get bored. Jack said that in the future he hopes to be collaborating with Emma Baker whose work I loved at the Graduate show recently, and I hope to meet them both and maybe get involved myself 🙂
That’s everything so far and i’ll be keeping this blog updated as we go to more events and see what happens with Plymouth Outdoors and any other projects I get involved in!