I had the pleasure of helping stage the first Oregon Game Project Challenge (ogpc 1.0), a state-wide project and team oriented computer game programming contest. The event was a big success (we think) - you can read the press release issued jointly by TechStart and the Oregon University System.

Chris Sells had some great things to say about the event as a judge and keynote speaker. He did a great job and was very well received by this smart and savvy high school crowd.

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Each team spent the day in a mix of activities:

  • Visiting with two separate judging panels
  • Presenting their project to a group of peer teams
  • Observing presentations from computer game industry professionals
  • Playing other teams' games in our arcade
  • Playing a bit of Rock Band at the end of the day to wind down

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I was the head judge and coordinated the recruiting of judges, the rubric for judging, and the final deliberation process (though I recused myself from leading it as Jacob was on a competing team). In the end an outstanding team called Phred from Philomath took the Champion Cup.

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We'll be back even stronger next year. We have grand plans to expand in multiple dimensions - stay tuned.