Embassy of Canada Invites Students to Join Video Game Development

19 Jun, 2018

Are you interested in developing a video game or entertainment experience to show the world what Ukrainians were fighting for in the Revolution of Dignity? Do you want to help make and own a game or experience that shows people in the West what’s happening in Crimea and the Donbas? Do you want to work with Canadian ICT companies and leading developers to build your experience and portfolio?

On June 29, 2018, Navid Khonsari will be in Lviv. Navid, a Canadian citizen born in Montreal, is perhaps best known for his work on the Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne series. After launching New York-based iNK Stories studio, Khonsari went on to develop 1979 Revolution: an adventure interactive drama video game based on the real events of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. 1979 Revolution won the Indiecade Grand Jury Award, Serious Play Best Game Award, and ’16 BIT Awards Best PC Game. iNK Stories’ Hero is an immersive, large-scale vérité VR installation that that explores humanity in our modern era of civilian warfare. When the world around you is shattered and you hear the cries for help, what do you do? Hero was a 2018 Official Selection for the Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals, and won the Storyscapes Award at Tribeca. iNK Stories’ Resident Evil: Biohazard is the highest grossing VR game to date. This is your chance to work with and learn from Navid.

Like Canada, Ukraine has a strong ICT sector with some extremely impressive and creative talent. The Embassy of Canada to Ukraine would like to celebrate this talent and expand relations between our respective countries by bringing together Ukrainian designers and programmers, as well as Canadian counterparts, to see what they might be able to create together. Over the course of this year, participants will collaboratively design a game around Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity, with embedded values of La Francophonie (freedom of expression, equality and diversity).

Design and programming students in Ukraine will undertake the programming project with support from a range of Ukrainian and Canadian resources. Select Canadian and Ukrainian organizations and individuals will deliver topical seminars and provide guidance throughout the project. The game itself will be unveiled as part of International Francophone Day on March 20, 2019, and in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Ukraine’s Revolution of Dignity.

Through this project: You will have a chance to explore student exchanges with Canadian universities; You will meet top managers from leading Canadian and Ukrainian ICT companies; You will develop a game or experience using the latest technology with leading experts.

Spend the day with Navid on June 29th. Work with him on developing a game or an immersive entertainment experience. Workshop your ideas. Get started on the next step of your career.

Register here – https://itcluster.typeform.com/to/PqK0PR

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