Gameheads would like to thank everyone for participating in the 1st Annual Oakland Video Game Fest, which took place over three days at the Kapor Center for Social Impact. We were thrilled to end our first full year with a celebration of multiculturalism and tech in the East Bay.

Read coverage of #OakGameFest by the San Francisco Business Times.

We kicked off the weekend with a mixer featuring a fireside chat with Randy Riggins, Sr. Engineering Manager at Adobe. The weekend also featured a game jam, where 18 students worked tirelessly for 48 hours to create a video game. The winning game, The Greatest Political Race of All Time, was about a traditional racing game (think: Track and Field) with a toxic twist. Set in the year year 2040, political leaders are forced to run a race, but instead of jumping over hurdles they have to jump over toxic waste. When they touch a piece of waste the player has to mash an additional button because the racer just grew an extra mutated leg.

Throughout the Game Fest, students took advantage of workshops, portfolio reviews, roundtable discussions with industry professionals, and got a chance to demo new games from Lift Off Labs, Double Fine and some incredible indie developers.

A big thank you to:

  • Our wonderful sponsors–Adobe Project 1324, Big Fish, Change Consulting, Tru Story Media, the Samsung Global Innovation Center, SuRu Apparel, Ubisoft, Unity, and Oculus–for providing support and prizes.
  • The tech and game industry professionals who lent their time and expertise throughout the weekend including teams from both Double Fine and Big Fish.
  • Our partners at TekPerfect, United Roots, We Are Game Devs, After School All Stars, MADE, East Bay College Fund, Youth Impact Hub, and our host, the Kapor Center for Social Impact.
  • Our team, including our Program Manager Hope Lehman, JD Yaske, our advisory committee (Galen Silvestri, Lisette Titre-Montgomery, Marcus Montgomery, and Alfonso Hooker), and most of all, the Gameheads.

Thank you for sharing our vision!

Damon Packwood
Executive Director