November the 15th will see the launch event in Cork for the ‘This Is Not A Game Ocean Challenge’ (

‘This Is Not A Game’ allows 10 to 18 year old students to partake in the creation of video games that have far reaching results – games that have real impact on other fellow students and society. The jam kicks off with a day of keynotes, speakers from the games industry, workshops to get you started and brainstorming space for your new team.

The theme of your game this year will be about oceans, and how we can achieve sustained benefit from this valuable resource. After the launch date, you and your team can use Coder Dojos and mentors from the games industry to keep your game development going smoothly. Your games will be reviewed by a panel of experts and industry professionals and the best games will be displayed at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in January.

The best games will be displayed at the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin during January.

See the video below for information on last year’s event.



Launch events are taking part around the country and it will come to UCC in Cork on the 15th of November, 11-2.30, in UCC’s Insight Centre.

Each event sees an industry speaker give  a broad overview of the game industry and talk about some of the most successful games and what elements makes them so popular.

Launch events have already taken place in Dublin, Belfast, Derry, and Limerick and have included speakers like John and Brenda Romero  (see pic below).

John Romero


















This event is run by the US Embassy in association with Coder Dojo and Irish educational partners.

For more information see the website