We had a lovely night! 50 or so enlightened souls joined us at The Werks in Hove for Aleks and Barry‘s talk on the development and launch of SpaceShip! followed by 4 excellent gamesy-themed 10 minute demos.
As Richard says:
“I mean, how does this sound: I turn up at The Werks, icy cold, to be handed a lovely hot mulled wine by the Ribots, directed towards the mince pies, and then entertained with a range of funky technology stuff. Mmm.”
For the first hour (video, slides) Aleks talked about the inspiration and development of SpaceShip!, a text-only adventure set in the mold of Hitch-hikers Guide to the Galaxy and other Infocom adventure games. Barry then picked up with a look at the Inform programming language behind the game.
We then had 4 great demos (sadly our 5th, Dom with the iPhone game, couldn’t attend due to illness):
- Eye-controlled Pong by Ben Rubinstein (CogApp) (video – thanks Ribot)
- Fighting Mini-sumo robots by Emily (video)
- Lightsaber mobile phone duelling by Richard and Russ (Lastminute.com Labs) (video)
- Flash 3D Snow and Xmas games by Seb (PluginMedia) (video)
Ben led the way with a fun look at eye-controlled Pong. Emily followed with line-following and fighting mini-sumo bots. Russ and Richard did a great two-part demo showing Nokia N95’s with Python controlling 2-player (across 2 phones) Pong and lightsaber-fighting using accelerometers and bluetooth.
Seb finished with some super-neato demos of particle physics, webcams and augmented reality (see a demo here).
The wonderful Ribots sponsored the night, they provided piping-hot mulled wine, mince pies and beer. John brought some extra beer (which, um, we finished about midnight) and ginger cake, everyone got a taste. We also had some announces about The Werks and Ribot’s new office (see video – thanks Ribot).
I was very happy to see some ex-MSc students and Inman Harvey (Sussex Uni’s MSc supervisor for the EasyMSc) – I’m keen to forge more links with my old Uni to get more students involved with local companies and perhaps start some collaborative projects in motion.
Ian is a Chief Interim Data Scientist via his Mor Consulting. Sign-up for Data Science tutorials in London and to hear about his data science thoughts and jobs. He lives in London, is walked by his high energy Springer Spaniel and is a consumer of fine coffees.