Upcoming 88Nine Labs Events
Teen Game Jam on July 27
Are you interested in learning how to create your own video games and possibly making a career out of gaming? Professional game developers will coach you through the process of making your own video game. Whether or not you have any experience with coding or game design, you will find the tools and resources you need to get started. Lunch and snacks will be served. For teens ages 13-18.
We will begin working on games on Friday, July 27 and we will finish on Saturday, July 28 in time for the Celebration & Showcase at 3:30 p.m. Register online at mpl.org/GameJam or call 286-3011.
Hosted in partnership with Northwestern Mutual and the Miltown Game Developers.
Blockchain as a music industry builder on Aug 7.
The third talk in the series features Jesse Grushack. Jesse is the founder of Ujo Music, a platform that uses blockchain technology to create a transparent and decentralized database of rights and rights owners, automating royalty payments using smart contracts and cryptocurrency.
Jesse will talk about how blockchain could transform the music industry and how it can help the indie musician with distribution, royalties and more.
This talk is for musicians and tech folks alike. Check out this mini-doc on blockchain and the music industry.
For those who aren’t familiar with blockchain, it is the technology behind cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.
“The blockchain is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.”
– Don & Alex Tapscott, authors Blockchain Revolution (2016)
About 88Nine Labs
88Nine Labs was born from an idea from Radio Milwaukee’s digital director, Tarik Moody, after spearheading a hackathon in the fall of 2017. 88Nine Labs aims to gather people of all backgrounds, ages and professions who have a shared interest in tech to further the understanding of ways we can bridge creativity and technology. 88Nine Labs consists of a series of hackathons and tech talks.
Hackathons are still a fairly new concept, but the basic goal is to bring groups of people together to solve challenges through the power of design and technology. There will be four hackathons in 2018 that will include challenges around gaming and music.
In partnership with the Milwaukee Public Library and the Milwaukee Game Developer Meetup, there’s also a game jam planned for teens. A game jam is basically a hackathon for video games. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing and creating one or more games within a short span of time.
The first hackathon will take place on June 9 at 88Nine studios in Walker’s Point. And, another is slated for November, during Milwaukee Start-up Week.
More details will be announced later this year.
Introducing 88Nine Labs presented by Northwestern Mutual: a series of tech talks and hackathons in Milwaukee to connect our technology and creative scenes—and merge diverse voices and talents from both.
Previous 88Nine Labs Events
On May 8, our first tech talk guest was, Alicia Carr, the first self-taught African American woman to develop her own app that helps sexual assault victims. Alicia will talk about her journey and her experiences as a woman of color in tech. 88Nine Labs’ Coded for Greatness is presented by Northwestern Mutual with support from Aurora Health Care and 88Nine’s Cultural Commons.
Geek Of All Trades | Keisha Howard on representation in gaming
The second tech talk in this series featured ‘Geek of All Trades,’ Keisha Howard on June 19. Keisha talked about women, people of color, LGBTQ representation in gaming, geek culture and tech. She also talked about why she founded Sugar Gamers, an organization that advocated for all demographics who were not being represented in the gaming and geek culture (such as minorities, and people from the LBGTQ+ community).
She also talked about #ProjectViolacea, an open-source multimedia experience that allows writers, illustrators, game coders and cosplayers to take part in this creation shared by all.