The OHT Birmingham hub have teamed up with the Institute of Coding, Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership and Molly Olly’s Wishes to run a series of story hacks.
Molly Olly’s Wishes is a local charity with national reach and supports children with terminal or life threatening illnesses and their families to help with their emotional wellbeing. They have developed therapeutic toys and books to both children directly and to hospitals throughout the UK.
They have a character called Olly the Brave who goes through cancer treatment and experiences all sorts of scary things. The books have gone down a storm for primary aged children but the charity have identified a need for something a bit more grown up to support secondary school aged children who have the same problems and anxieties.
Enter the Leamington games industry….. surprisingly Leamington is home to about 2,000 games developers in some of the biggest studios in the country and these teens are their target consumer.
We are putting together a crack team of specialists and running a series of 3 story jams at the absolutely awesome STEM centre at Leamington College to turn Olly and his journey into a digital product to help children round the country (possibly the world) to deal with a difficult diagnosis
If you want to help us out then slide into our DM’s on twitter or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
We aren’t superstitious so we are having the first story jam on Friday 13th September with 2 more happening before Christmas. We are working on a way for people to submit / provide feedback online so if you don’t want to come to the place voted the best place to live in the UK for a day trip (I’ll be making cakes) then we hope you’ll be able to contribute from afar.
Ta ra a bit.