South Florida Game Jam @ DMAC

The Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH and Florida Game Developers Association will be co-hosting this year’s 48 hour Global Game Jam in sunny south Florida at Digital Media Arts College on January 23 to 25, 2015.January23th2015webhalfpage


Friday, January 23 rd  to Sunday 25, 2015


 5:00 pm Friday to 5:00 pm Sunday


None. We have generous support from Digital Media Art College. RSVP space is Limited.


 5400 Broken Sound Blvd
 Boca Raton, FL 33387


 Green Screen / Art Room

Free Parking available in front of the campus.  Once Inside, Head to the Green Screen Room.

Last year FGDA hosted a successful Global Game Jam here in Boca Raton and are back for another round.

  This year we are teaming up with Florida Game Developers Association, DMAC (Digital Media Art College), and the Foundry to bring together art and science under one roof to create amazing games with everyone around the world.

The Game Jam is open to everyone interested in creating games, whether you are a beginner, hobbyist, professional game developer., etc. You can make any type of game at the Jam, no one is limited to just creating video games. Attendance is free, and raffles during the event.

We are glad to have local indie developers Andy and Dylan from Jupiter Lighthouse as our local keynote speakers for the Global Game Jam to kickoff  on Friday. Both are industry veterans from the Video Game and Software Development industries respectively who have come back home to South Florida to create their own games !

Free training in 3D and coding will be provided by both Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH and FGDA on January 9th and 16th, all leading up to the Game Jam for those interested in making video games. They will take place at the North Boynton Hack Lab, starting at 7 pm both days. You can RSVP to these events through FGDA’s meetup page, here for the 9th and here for the 16th.

    • Dylan Engelman,Dylan a The programming half of Jupiter Lighthouse Studio.Self taught developer who landed his first job 3 months after writing first line of code. Sharpened his skills on business software and web services while developing games as a hobby on the weekends. The stability and lucrative nature of writing business software was great, but the desire to create what you love is far more rewarding.Parking is free at the venue and participants will receive guest passes to access the school for the duration of the Jam.
    • AndrewAndrew Hilderbrand, The art & design half of Jupiter Lighthouse Studio.Industry veteren with 7+ years of experience. He has gone from garage start-up to the the world’s leading videogame company and back again. Triple A work was amazing, but the lure of smaller production ultimately won out. He is heavily influenced by South Florida & PS1 era graphics.


  • Greg Brown Digital Artist for the Foundry, will be onsite during the Game Jam to help users create 3D content for the games. He has worked in Advertising as a 3D artist for 5 years and as a freelance Character Modeler for 8.  Greg has produced work for variety of high profile brands during his time at Alter, including Coors, Mcdonalds, Corona, Bacardi, Hersheys, Cox Cable and many others.  He currently lives in Chicago, Il and spends his days serving up fresh, hot Modo goodness…

Parking is free at the venue and participants will receive guest passes to access the Campus for the duration of the Jam . Everyone attending will be required to sign a Liability Waiver when they arrive on site at the event (if they are under 18 a parent or guardian will need to sign the document)


What will I need for the GGJ 2015?

  • Any supplies/materials you will need to create your game. Laptops, paper, pencils, etc.
  • Open Source and free-to-use software will be available at the Game Jam. Extended trial licenses for MODO will be available to participants courtesy of the Foundry.
  • Sleeping bags, Inflatable mattress, blankets, etc. if you plan to stay overnight. We encourage people to sleep at least 4 hours during the event.
  •  Food, especially for those working late at night. There are Vending Machines on the premise and restaurants nearby but it is better to come prepared.
  • A group of friends is nice but not required, teams will be formed during the event.
  • Most importantly , You !


In Collaboration with:


The Florida Game Developer Association is a non profit organization Est. In 2006. The FGDA currently have three chapters and are starting a fourth In Orlando in early 2015. Our mission is to promote the advancement of the computer sciences through Interactive Media Development, ( Game Design & Development).





The Foundry is a global software company headquartered in London, with offices inManchester, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley.





Digital Media Arts CollegeFounded over a decade ago, Digital Media Arts College (DMAC) is designed to mold your creativity and test your artistic skills as it readies you for an ever-changing industry where trends come and go and competition is steadily increasing.

 Green Screen Studio, Figure Drawing Room, and Motion Capture at Digital Media Arts College.
Green Screen Studio, Figure Drawing Room, and Motion Capture at Digital Media Arts College.


Autodesk 2015 Imagine Design Create Tour

Autodesk 2015 Imagine, Design, Create Tour 1 Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH and DIGITAL DRAFTING SYSTEMS (DDSCAD) for the Autodesk 2015 Imagine Design Create Tour  Autodesk Senior Technical Specialist, Gary M. Davis will be presenting several workflows within the 2015 Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suites– 3ds Max, Mudbox and Motionbuilder. Tools for game developers, TV/film and multimedia will be explored including interoperability workflows for character animation, photorealistic rendering and motion graphics. In addition, he will be showing the vast array of free and inexpensive tools now available to artists and designers of all levels and industries.

  • Food, drinks and game cards will be supplied.
  • Bring your business cards for networking with all the vendors and win some great prizes!
  • They will be giving away a Wacom Intuos Pro tablet and more.
  •  Space is limited, so please RSVP early. The first 20 guests to arrive will receive a door prize. Full Event Details are on the link below. Wacom 7


Thursday June 26, 2014


 6:00 pm  to 8:00 pm


None to you thanks to generous support from DIGITAL DRAFTING SYSTEMS (DDSCAD).


Dave & Buster

3000 Oakwood Blvd
Hollywood, FL 33020
  RSVP Link:

Autodesk 2015 Imagine, Design, Create Tour 3

The Foundry Preview: Miami


The Foundry’s in Florida! Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH as we  team up this time with CineSys-Oceana and  The Foundry to bring you a preview of their latest software features and announcements, hot on the heels of IBC 2013 on  October 3rd ,2013  at 6:30 p.m.  

DATE: October 3rd ,2013
TIME: 6:30 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 pm  Presentation Begins
 Map & Details provided below
Blue Condominiums
601 NE 36th Street 6th Floor
Miami, FL 33137

Email to reserve your place.

About the Presentation:

The Foundry’s Application Specialist Extraordinaire, Deke Kinkaid, will be on hand to provide some awesome demos, cool tricks, and preview some exclusive new and upcoming features for NUKE 8, MARI, and HIERO.

Deke Kincaid has 14 years of experience in the world of Visual Effects working on over 40 films, 50 commercials and a variety of television shows and video games. Some notable credits include WatchmenGarfield 2The Waterhorse, The Back Eyed Peas Grammy winning music video Boom Boom Pow and Pirates of the Carribean 2 & 3.  He has had the pleasure of working at award winning companies such asTechnicolorRhythm & HuesMethodRiotAsylum VFX,Motion Theory and Weta Digital.



Open Source – A Viable Business Model?

Come and Join  the Fort Lauderdale ACM SIGGRAPH as we  team up this time with – South Florida’s Linux Community on  June 27th ,2013  at 7:00 p.m.  Our very own Chair, Dean Lyon will be presenting this topic “Open Source – A Viable Business Model?”

About the Presentation:

This talk digs into the history of Open Source as well as Free Software. A comprehensive overview of Open Source in its myriad variations, its use in the movie and TV industry and then finally, Mr. Lyons’ own personal challenges of convincing potential investors that it is a worthwhile business model.

DATE: Thursday June 27, 2013
TIME: 6:30 pm Refreshments & Networking
7:00 pm  Presentation Begins
 Map & Details provided below
LOCATION: The Computer lab at the southwest edge of Nova Southeastern University’s campus in Davie (directions)

About the Speaker

Dean Lyon: Technologist, Visual Effects, Inventor.
Dean Lyon: Technologist, Visual Effects, Inventor.

Dean has 30+ years experience in collaborating with cutting edge directors, studios, production companies, post-production facilities and technology developers throughout the world.  He is passionate about the potential of technology to transform the art of visual story-telling. From big screen to multi-platform delivery, good story content is essential to the motion-picture industries.

Dean’s career has included roles as Producer, Director, Visual Effects Supervisor, Inventor, CEO and Entrepreneur, working in diverse areas as motion pictures, music videos, commercials, interactive TV, theme park attractions, VFX/CGI and stereoscopic 3D.  He has worked on over 100 international television commercials and 50 feature films including Armageddon, Independence Day, Air Force One and the Lord of the Rings’trilogy where he received credit as a Visual Effects Supervisor.  In 2000, Dean journeyed to New Zealand and led the start-up of Oktobor – a world-class creative and talent-centric visual effects and animation company servicing ad agencies, film production companies and studios throughout the globe.  He returned to the States in 2007 to work with da Vinci Systems, where among his many accomplishments, he was instrumental in developing a stereoscopic 3D grading system utilizing super computing processing that made the color finishing of Avatar and dozens of other 3D feature films possible.

More recently he has launched an innovative Florida based start-up venture – Splinter Studios. Splinter Studios utilizes a next-generation approach to develop technology to drive out traditional costs in the business. Ongoing research in emerging technology is used to streamline workflow, production, stereoscopic 3D content, cloud services and products in an efficient and collaborative manner.

Dean is also an accomplished public speaker and has delivered seminars, chaired industry panels and guest lectured at various international film festivals around the world.  An active member in SMPTE and ACM/SIGGRAPH.  Lyon was elected to the Visual Effects Society (VES) in Hollywood in 2004 for recognition of his work on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and dozens of other projects.

This will be a joint meeting between FLUX and the Fort Lauderdale chapter of ACM SIGGRAPH

We also have Handouts and Posters with information for SIGGRAPH 2013. What, you mean you don’t have this year’s poster yet. Pick one up at our next meeting and help Spread the word

Mark your calendar! See you Thursday June 27 at Nova Southeastern University!

Directions to the meeting:

We will be meeting in a computer lab at the southwest edge of Nova Southeastern University’s campus in Davie. The building is actually part of a shopping plaza adjoining the campus and directly off University Drive.

FROM I-595: Exit at University Drive and head south. Go through the intersection at 30th Ave (Abe Fischler Blvd) and pass the beige Nova medical school building. Turn left into the plaza immediately south of the main campus. There is a Pier One store near the road to serve as a landmark, and as you enter the plaza you will see a large Nova Southeastern University sign ahead.

NOTE: There is another university sign at the opposite end end of the plaza. Enter the building under the sign at the north end (on the left as you face the plaza). The street address is 3424 S. University Drive, Davie FL, 33328.

Nova Southeastern University  3424 S. University Drive, Davie FL, 33328.
Nova Southeastern University
3424 S. University Drive, Davie FL, 33328.