1084 N MILWAUKEE, CHICAGO

POWER UP!

A Chiptunes Events to Benefit 
PLAYPOWER.ORG

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September 10th, 2011 pm

A Chiptunes Concert, 8-bit Programming Workshop, & Sharing of Works/Wares

3.00pm-6.00pm – 8bit game design workshop w/ no-carrier ($25)
7.30pm – Doors open for performances (Tickets $10)
8.00pm-8.30pm – 8-bit open mic
8.30pm – Audio/Visual performances

CHIPTUNES BY:
Environmental Sound Collapse, Saskrotch, Kkrusty, Stagediver, Nom Star, & Ungertron

REALTIME VIDEO BY:
no-carrier, jon.satrom, & E.S.C

PLAYPOWER is a non-profit organization that supports the creation and distribution of affordable, effective, fun learning games; using an existing $10 TV-computer as a platform for learning games in the developing world.

It’s hard to believe, but 8-bit home computers are still being sold. Millions of low-income kids in developing countries are enjoying systems that cost less than $10 and plug into a TV.

PLAYPOWER wants to help kids by creating new 8-bit learning games. We’ve teamed up with awesome 8-bit artists, musicians and hackers to create an easier development toolkit and game design workshops. So far, we’ve accomplished a lot, designing, developing and field-testing games to teach typing, fun science facts, and malaria prevention-we’ve even got a prototype for teaching a bit of BASIC programming.

We need your help to raise the funds to reach our goal!

We’ve got a plan to reach one million children.. and it might just work. Here goes:
1. Order 10,000 custom cartridges (loaded with our games) from the pirate 8-bit game manufacturers in China
2. Resell the cartridges to wholesalers we’ve found in India, where they will end up in the market, reaching at least 10,000 kids…
3. Then, *if our games are good enough*, we sit back and let the manufacturers start pirating our games. Bing! One million points. I mean kids 🙂

The equation is simple, even if it takes a bit of unpacking:
PLAYPOWER = new 8-bit learning games * ($10 computer + millions of children)

http://playpower.org/
http://powerup.playpower.org



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