This is Not a Game – Belfast!

This is Not a GameThis Is Not A Game Ocean Challenge is coming to Belfast!

A special launch event will take place on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00am – 1:15pm in the Conner Lecture Theatre in the University of Ulster, Belfast.

The event is free to attend, but both young people attending and their guardians must register in advance.

Register Here! 

Event Details:

Location: Conner Lecture Theatre, University of Ulster, Belfast

Date: 27th of September

Time of session: 10.00am – 1.15pm

Price: Free to attend


  • 10:00 am  Registration
  • 10:30 am  Introduction to the program  
  • 10:45 am  Donal Griffin (Irish Basking Shark Research Group): Why Our Oceans are Important
  • 11:30 am  GameMaker exercise/team building
  • 12:30 pm  Brenda and John Romero: Gaming for Understanding
  • 1:15 pm  Event ends
 Requirements for the event:
  • Students should bring their own laptop to use.
  • Students should bring a packed lunch.Students under 12 years of age (including 12) have to be supervised by a parent at the event.

About This is Not a Game

“This is Not A Game Ocean Challenge” is a call out to students to help spread the word about threats to our Ocean by learning code and making games. The goal is to help to use the popularity of games to raise awareness of issues like over fishing, the problem of ocean garbage and human impact on life in the sea. This competition is being launched by Coder Dojo, the U.S. Embassy in Dublin and the U.S. Consulate in Belfast, as well as several educational partners and is open to students in Ireland (10 – 18 years old).

You can sign up as an individual or as part of a team. Then you can attend a local launch workshop or get help from your local Coder Dojo and mentors to create your game. The last step is to submit your game to a panel of judges that will include professional game makers.  Finalists will be invited to present their finished games at the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition in Dublin in January.

You don’t need to know how to code to start.   A good team includes more than just programmers.   Storytellers, writers, artists and musicians all help create great interactive games. So anyone who cares about the fate of the sea can help.


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