Google Blog: The Indie Game Festival announces its nine winners

Google Blog: The Indie Game Festival announces its nine winners. “The talent of independent and small game developers shines this year at Google Play’s Indie Games Festival, a celebration of the creativity of game developers. We received hundreds of submissions for the three competitions in Europe, Japan and South Korea. This year’s winning games have something for everyone, from a food-themed puzzle game with cats to a Mars Survival Project.”

Coronavirus: Records broken at socially distanced hot dog contest (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Records broken at socially distanced hot dog contest. “Coney Island in the US has hosted a special socially-distanced version of an annual hot dog eating contest amid the coronavirus pandemic. New records were set in both the men’s and women’s categories at the climate-controlled indoor event in Brooklyn, New York City, on Saturday.”

Techdirt: Announcing The Winners Of The 2nd Annual Public Domain Game Jam!

Techdirt: Announcing The Winners Of The 2nd Annual Public Domain Game Jam!. “The judges have had their fun, the votes are in, and now it’s time: we’ve got the winners of our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1924! We had some amazing entries this year, and we’ve even got a couple returning winners. Plus, we noticed a really exciting pattern: several of the games didn’t just make use of newly-copyright-free works from 1924, they actually found ways to embody the spirit of the game jam — a celebration of the public domain and the creative power of remixing and reimagining — within their themes and mechanics as well.”

Sigma Awards: new data journalism competition launched (Online Journalism Blog)

Online Journalism Blog: Sigma Awards: new data journalism competition launched. “Data journalists are being invited to enter a new data journalism award, launched to ‘celebrate the best data journalism around the world [and] to empower, elevate and enlighten the global community of data journalists.'”

Google Blog: Come celebrate the art of indie games with us

Google Blog: Come celebrate the art of indie games with us. “This year we will host three competitions for indie game developers from Japan, South Korea and several European countries. The top 20 creators in each region will be chosen to showcase their games at public events in Tokyo, Seoul and Warsaw. Players, industry experts and the Google Play team will vote to select the top 10, and from there, three winners for each regional contest will be crowned.”

Techdirt: Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1924!

Techdirt: Announcing The Public Domain Game Jam: Gaming Like It’s 1924!. “The rules are basically the same as last year. For the entire month of January, you can submit your digital or analog games (specific rules are at the link) based on some of the newly public domain works from 1924. If you’re looking for ideas on what works are there, Duke’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain has an excellent list and LifeHacker has called out some highlights as well.”

PRNewswire: GroupChips. com Launches Golf Puns Website – Announces Pun Contest (PRESS RELEASE)

PRNewswire: GroupChips. com Launches Golf Puns Website – Announces Pun Contest (PRESS RELEASE). “GroupChips.com, the creator of an innovative social media platform for golf instruction has rolled out a new website to create an online database of golf related puns. The website, at https://golfpuns.com, will begin displaying puns in January 2020, but is currently accepting pun submissions from anyone who thinks they are clever and funny!”

Hackaday: FieldKit Is The Grand Prize Winner Of The 2019 Hackaday Prize

Hackaday: FieldKit Is The Grand Prize Winner Of The 2019 Hackaday Prize . “FieldKit, an open-source, modular sensor system for conducting research in harsh environments has just been named the Grand Prize winner of the 2019 Hackaday Prize. The award for claiming the top place and title of ‘Best Product’ in this nine-month global engineering initiative is $125,000.”

Google Blog: Finalists from our Design Challenge are Changing the Game

Google Blog: Finalists from our Design Challenge are Changing the Game. “Research shows that while half of all mobile game players are women, only 23 percent of them think there’s equal treatment and opportunity in the industry. In order to promote women as players and creators, Change The Game empowers the next generation of game makers so all players can feel represented and engaged. Our annual Design Challenge encouraged teenagers nationwide to design an original game. We received over 1,500 entries and selected five finalists, who worked with Girls Make Games. These winning games are now available for download on Google Play.”

Reuters: Facebook, Microsoft launch contest to detect deepfake videos

Reuters: Facebook, Microsoft launch contest to detect deepfake videos . “Facebook Inc is teaming up with Microsoft Corp, the Partnership on AI coalition and academics from several universities to launch a contest to better detect deepfakes, the company said in a blog post here on Thursday.”

Arab News: Ministry of Culture launches first national competition to document Saudi industrial heritage

Arab News: Ministry of Culture launches first national competition to document Saudi industrial heritage. “The Ministry of Culture launched the first day of the national competition to document the Kingdom’s industrial heritage on Sunday July 14. The competition aims to establish the first national database for all industrial sites that fall under this category, with the participation of Saudis and residents from all social segments.”

The Sociable: Govt Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge offers $250K to predict the future

The Sociable: Govt Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge offers $250K to predict the future. “How many missile test events will North Korea conduct in August 2019? Will there be a locally-transmitted case of the Zika virus in Brazil in July 2019? These are just a couple of the hundreds of sample questions that the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has for its Geopolitical Forecasting Challenge (GFC) 2.”

Techdirt: Announcing The Winners Of The Public Domain Game Jam!

Techdirt: Announcing The Winners Of The Public Domain Game Jam!. “At the beginning of January, we decided to celebrate the long-awaited entry of new works into the public domain with a game jam, inviting designers to submit games of all kinds based on newly-copyright-free works from 1923. We got way more entries than we expected, and handed them off to our huge judging panel of game designers and copyright experts, who left comments and nominated them in our six prize categories. Now we’ve tallied up the votes and reviews, so without further delay, here are the winners of Gaming Like It’s 1923…”

Gaming Like It’s 1923: The Entries Are In (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Gaming Like It’s 1923: The Entries Are In. “At the beginning of the year, we launched our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1923, with a one-month time limit — and now the entries are in! We figured we’d get a dozen entries, maybe two, but we’re with a bunch of last minute entries slipping in under the deadline, we’re thrilled to say we’ve got 35 games based on works that entered the public domain this year. We’ve begun the judging process, with our huge panel of great judges. They need a little time with the games, but until we announce the winners in you can try out all the entries for yourself. “