Last Sunday was Panorama Sunday, or "Pan Day" the day-long event where over 50 steelbands battled at the semi- final round of the National Panorama with thousands of supporters and fans. Consider this: almost 95% of these spectators had a cellphone in their pockets.
Bringing the two together is the goal of Pan Hack – a day long hackathon to bring software programmers, coders, game developers, designers and others into a room with pannists, pan players, historians and musicians to create mobile games based on the steelpan.
Pan Hack 2016 will be held this Saturday, January 30th from 9am – 6pm at the IBIS Nedco Office in El Socorro South. “We expect the room to be a buzz of innovation and creativity as young pan players work together with our growing community of developers to showcase different aspects of the pan through gaming,” says the organizer, Liz Mannette.
During the day, participants will work in teams on specific Challenge Briefs and at 4pm each team will pitch their game idea. The team with the best developed game concept wins the hack and receives a trophy, a cash prize and some pan-swag. The team then has 7 days to work on the game for launch at Panorama Finals on February 6th.
Liz Mannette, who has been designing stylish pan jewelry for 10 years, realized cellphones were central to the lives of Millennials and saw 2 and 3 year olds swiping and using a tablet computer with eas. So, to ensure icons like Ellie Mannette and recently deceased Jit Samaroo were known to the digital generation, Liz Mannette began to look for ways to communicate the story of the invention using gaming, animation and new forms of entertainment like virtual reality. “We in Trinidad have the creativity and 'The Pan Hack' is the beginning of a collaborative initiative to create original digital content around our culture.”
Pan and technology. Culture and innovation. What could be more exciting?
The event is free. To register, visit Panhack.com or their Facebook event page.
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