Sound like fun? Join a local team and get started. No team in your area? Start a new one! Up to seven students in middle or high school can come together to be a team. Teams are usually made up of programmers, artists, writers, sound/music creators, or whatever they need. Write an original story and characters, then create something that follows the theme. The only requirements are to find a coach (a parent or teacher is ideal) and access to software creation tools.
Check out some of our past submissions and winners at our team management site.
Coach a team
Ready to make a difference to a group of talented students? Volunteer as a coach to help guide them to the competition. Many OGPC team coaches are parents or teachers involved with middle and high school technology education. Coaches don’t need to be programmers or artists themselves. The main job is to help keep the team organized, make sure that they make steady progress, and to get them ready for the Main Event (including registration). Once you have a team, create an entry on TMS (our Team Management System) and make sure each team member adds themselves to it. About a month and a half before the Main Event, official event registration will open.
OGPC requires dozens of volunteers every year and we are always looking for more help. There are many ways that volunteers contribute to the success of OGPC, such as helping with on-site registration, keeping teams focused and on-track, event photography, scorekeeping and tabulation.
Be a Speaker
Part of the OGPC experience is the interaction between the students and industry professionals. The idea of working in games and related fields seems like a dream to many of the kids. Hearing first-hand accounts of how projects unfold, how teams work together, and what’s possible in the real world can be a huge source of motivation. To this end, we host a wide range of professional gaming and software industry speakers every year. Most of the speakers address the students in small (15-20) groups throughout the day so they can interact one-on-one with questions and great discussion. We also have a keynote presentation during the final assembly of the day which is addressed to all the attendees together before the awards ceremony.
Be a Judge
An important part of the Main Event is the judging! Judges evaluate teams and their products as well as give candid, constructive feedback. Judges need to review middle and high school games to determine how well they met objective achievements. Each achievement carries a point value which is then added to determine awards. We are looking for people who enjoy seeing what students are capable of. Though video game familiarity is great, it’s not necessarily required.