IGDA Finland is collaborating with exiting events and networks in Finland! One of them is a collaboration IGDA Finland does with City of Helsinki Youth Department and Bugbear Entertainment.
In June 2011, City of Helsinki in collaboration with Bugbear Entertainment and IGDA Finland organized a game development club at Happi venue in Sörnäinen, Helsinki. The club was open for any 15-25 year old interested in game development. Bugbear provided production, design and programming experts to help the young. IGDA Finland volunteers Vesa-Matti Raudasoja and Joona Pulliainen coordinated the club.
The club lasted a month. There were 12 participants who formed into four teams. Participants were hobbyists and gamers with little knowledge on either programming, composing music for games or art. The team could decide the platform, genre, story and mechanics by themselves. One of the games developed during the month called "Dangerous Dungeons" was developed further. It participated in Summer Game Jam 2011 organized by Stencyl game editor and won!
The second round is currently ongoing at Happi. IGDA Finland volunteer Vesa-Matti Raudasoja is running the show together with Bugbear talents. If you are interested in getting into game industry and you are 15-25 year old but what or how -- check out Happi website for more information: pelitalo.nettiareena.fi/.