Niantic launches Black Developers Initiative, offers funding and mentorship

first_imgJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefThursday 11th February 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleNianticNiantic has announced a new program to finance, mentor and support Black game development teams working on location-based AR games similar to its own titles.The Black Developers Initiative is a five-month program that will give selected teams the funding and resources needed to create a playable prototype, as well as a pitch deck to help take the project to the next stage.The initiative is open to teams where: Black members have a direct line to the game’s profits; the company or studio is at least 51% Black-owned and operated; the team is at least 50% Black; and/or Black people are in key leadership roles, such as founder, creative director or producer.Games must have an AR or geolocation aspect, similar to Niantic’s own Pokémon Go and Ingress, with the studio seeking “the next innovative real-world game that encourages players to explore the world, get exercise, and connect to one another.”There is no geographical limitation, but applicants will need to be able to work and communicate in English for this round.Applications for the first cohort are now opens, with a deadline of Sunday, March 14. Details on how to apply can be found on the Niantic website.Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games In the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, Niantic pledged a minimum of $5 million from Pokémon Go Fest sales would be split between US nonprofits helping affected communities to rebuild and funding new projects from Black games and AR developers.This was later doubled to $10 million, and it had already made donations of $7 million to nonprofits supporting Black communities by December, s well as $170,000 to pandemic relief and $700,000 to supporting education, health and sustainability.The company then pledged an additional $5 million to supporting Black developers.last_img read more

VIA urges governor to get behind minimum wage and family leave bills

first_imgStephanie Yu – Public Assets Institute, Vermont Business Magazine A rally Monday evening in Montpelier is intended to press Governor Phil Scott to commit to signing two pieces of legislation that are key for a “Movement Toward a Moral Economy:” raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour and establishing a paid family and medical leave insurance program for the state of Vermont. The event was organized by the Vermont Interfaith Action. The VIA and allied organizations have worked for two years and maintain that these two initiatives are at a critical point in the legislative process and are marching towards a goal of getting the governor’s signature.Paid family and medical leave and increases in the minimum wage are part of Vermont Interfaith Action’s Movement Toward a Moral Economy campaign which launched in 2014 with a series of regional gatherings to present a theologically-based, interfaith platform for addressing the growing gap between the rich and the poor, even in progressive Vermont. They say the two efforts support working families in the state.The event will feature a presentation of the research behind these economic issues and stories of how people are personally affected by them.WHO: The event is open to the public and organizers are expecting a large crowd in attendance. The speakers for the event include:Rev. Earl Kooperkamp – Vermont Interfaith Action, Elise Greaves – Rights & Democracy, Ashley Moore – Main Street Alliance Testimonies from members of the publicWHEN:  Monday, April 23 from 6:30 PM to 7:45 PMWHERE: Christ Church, 64 State Street(link is external) in Montpelier, VTlast_img read more

Gophers hire new softball coach

first_imgGophers hire new softball coachJamie Trachsel comes to Minnesota after one season at Iowa State. Jack WarrickJuly 24, 2017Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintJamie Trachsel was hired as the Gophers new head softball coach, athletics director Mark Coyle announced on Monday.“[Trachsel’s] leadership has consistently produced winning results,” Coyle said in a statement. “That track record, paired with her Midwestern roots and proven ability to develop the skills of her student-athletes … makes her the perfect fit for the Gophers.”The hire comes after former head coach Jessica Allister announced her departure for Stanford Tuesday.Trachsel was the co-head coach of North Dakota State University for six years before moving to Iowa State last year. She helped the Cyclones to their best regular-season league finish since 1994. Trachsel — a Duluth, Minnesota native — played college softball at St. Cloud State University from 1998-2000, earning trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament in every year she played.Soon after she finished playing softball at St. Cloud State, Trachsel began her coaching career at NDSU in 2002 as a graduate assistant, becoming co-head coach in 2011, and leaving the program for a one-year stint with Iowa State last year.“I could not be more humbled and honored to lead the Gophers softball program,” Trachsel said in a statement. “Returning to my home state is one that I could not pass up.”Allister had led the Gophers to five consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament. She is credited with leading the Gophers to the best record in Division I softball last year.last_img read more

Late goal from super sub Beckford denies Chelsea top spot

first_imgA late goal by second half substitute Jermaine Beckford rescued a late point for Everton against Premier League champions Chelsea st Stamford Bridge.Chelsea had led through a Didier Drogba penalty at the end of the first half, but a spirited second half display from David Moyes’s side saw them share the spoils.Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed the chance to go back to the top of the Premier League, with Manchester United’s game with Blackpool being called off.Less than a minute had been played before the visitors had their first chance through Louis Saha, who collected the ball after a slip from Branislav Ivanovic, but saw his shot parried by Petr Cech.Chelsea soon settled into the game though, as Florent Malouda skipped past a challenge from Jack Rodwell and sent an inviting cross along Tim Howard’s six yard box, but the American collected before it could reach Drogba.Malouda saw another beautiful delivery go without a final touch from Drogba as Chelsea started to dominate proceedings, first feeling they deserved a penalty as Salomon Kalou saw his deft touch hit an arm before going close again through the young Ivorian, who nearly capitalised on an error by Tim Howard, and Nicolas Anelka who saw a shot deflected over. The Frenchman went close again as he was afforded too much space on the edge of Everton’s area and shot inches wide, before Jon Obi Mikel also saw a shot deflected away from goal.Malouda was rarely out of the action and was perhaps lucky not to see at least a yellow card for retaliating to a Phil Neville foul, with the England defender also going unpunished until his second late challenge, this time on Drogba.Chelsea were in the ascendancy and John Terry nearly capped his return to action in fantastic style as he lifted the ball over Howard from a corner but saw his delightful lob cannon back off the bar.Everton were rarely able to move the ball forward but were close to creating an opening with 10 minutes of the half to play, as Seamus Coleman fired across goal, but Tim Cahill was unable to control the ball and turn to shoot.Chelsea would deservedly lead going into the break though, as five minutes before the interval, a Neville back pass lacked the momentum to carry it through to Howard, who watched Anelka collect the ball and knock it past him, before impeding the French striker’s run at goal to concede a penalty, which Drogba smashed home with ease. Everton looked rejuvenated at the start of the second half and pressed Chelsea in the opening five minutes, with their hard work culminating in a Rodwell shot that trickled wide of Cech’s left hand post.David Moyes was forced to make a change as his side was looking bright though, with the injured Saha replaced by Beckford, who tried to announce himself to the crowd with a lob from 35 yards but missed the target completely.The visitors continued their fight back though and came agonisingly close to pulling level with half an hour played, as a quick interchange between Fellaini and Baines opened up a crossing opportunity for the left back, who found Cahill, but his header hit the inside of the post and trickled agonisingly across Cech’s goal mouth.Everton continued to control the half and looked a side transformed, but could not break down the resolute central defensive pairing of the returning Terry and Ivanovic and with 20 minutes to play, it looked as though the score would stay the same.Recognising the threat of the away side, Ancelotti sacrificed Anelka with 15 minutes to play as he introduced Ramires to tighten things up defensively, and it appeared to pay off as Chelsea were able to keep the ball in Everton’s half in the closing stages. But Everton would have the final say in the game, as Baines whipped in a deep cross which was headed back across goal for Beckford, who got in front of Cech to nod home with less just four minutes to play.Source: Goal.comlast_img read more

‘Ideal’ for a casino

first_imgVICTORIA’S second casino would sit at the front of Pakenham Racing Club’s new Tynong track if former club chairman Michael…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img