Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

TELUS, National Post and XMG to Host “Appathon”

With Hackathons and Game Jams more popular than ever, Canadian post-secondary students will soon compete in the first ever “Appathon.”

The National Post, Canadian game developer XMG Studio, TELUS, and KPMG are partnering together to host the first ever Great Canadian Appathon.

The event will be a 48-hour challenge that’s open to college and university students. Working against a deadline, they will compete for a chance to win a $25,000 grand prize, provided by TELUS.

“Honing in on what makes a game fun and addictive is the key to success in this competition,” said Ray Sharma, founder and CEO of XMG Studio.

“With game development cycles often spanning months or even years, the biggest challenge facing participants will be tight time constraints.”

The competition starts at 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2011 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 13, 2011. Event locations will be set-up across the country, where participants can work around the clock and plug in for all-night coding sessions.

Teams of (up to) four people will compete for a prize pool valued at $45,000, including a grand prize of $25,000, a second place prize of $10,000 and 10 $1,000 prizes.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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