In 2016, we started the year off with 22 tech zealots, digital rebels and multimedia mavericks. This year, we are kicking off our Gameheads Classic 2017 program with 40 students, and we expect to add a few more in the coming weeks.

 

In short, Gameheads is growing.

 

Class of 2017 is a hungry bunch and, collectively, they are pushing the instructors – not to mention our wifi – more than ever. To address the demand, we’ve extended our training program from six hours to nine hours each Saturday. This has allowed some of our students to dual enroll into our DevOps and Gameheads Classic programs. That means that, in addition to taking classes at their local junior colleges, several Gameheads students are choosing to work from 9am – 6pm on the weekend.

 

We have enrolled six participants from our Game Jam in December. We have also doubled our DevOps cohort, and half of them are enrolled in the Youth Impact Hub Fellowship where they will be spending the year developing a business plan for their own IT business.

 

Based on the number of applications we received this year, the enthusiasm of our new students and the numbers we’re seeing in our middle school programs, we are more clear than ever that the East Bay is filled with aspiring game developers and tech enthusiasts who are eager learn how to put their creative contributions out into the world.

 

Our 2017 Video Game Development and DevOps programming is designed to do just that. Throughout the year, we will be walking our students through the game development process from theory, history and design to programming, project development and animation. In addition, the DevOps program, in partnership with Bay Area Company TekPerfect, will be training youth on cyber security, operating systems, databases and how to setup custom codes for the deployment of servers and databases.

 

We are excited to have a roster of students that reflect the rich diversity of the Bay Area and the kind of diversity we want to see in the tech and video game industries. Judging from the spirited discussion we have every week, our new students are going to make a lot of noise this year.

 

Finally, Gameheads would like to thank everyone who helped us have an awesome 2016 year, including an amazing Advisory Committee; our fiscal partner, United Roots; partners like Simphony Productions, Change Consulting, East Bay College Fund, Echoing Green, We Are Game Devs, After School All Stars, TekPerfect, HFS Consultant, vArmour and the wonderful folks at Double Fine, Adobe, Big Fish Games, Unity, Samsung Global Innovation Center and Ubisoft. We are thankful for the invaluable support of our ever-expanding village for contributing time, equipment, and encouragement.

 

Stay tuned for more to come.

 

Go Gameheads!

 

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