It has now been 2 full years since we opened our doors, thanks to the help of just over 300 enthusiastic Kickstarter supporters. Since that time, we’ve had help from Dolby, Perforce, Google, Valve, Jon Peddie Research, Portrait Displays, Kixeye, and Will & Anya Wright. Theirs and your support has enabled us to hold over 100 free computer programming classes for hundreds of children in Oakland. Our new classroom has expanded our per-week capacity to 18 students, and as I write this, it’s playing host to the Interactive Fiction Club.
Yes, we’ve come a long way from the first days of the MADE. Why, we used to not even have table clothes!
Thanks to contributions by Dolby and David & Sarah Scott, our classroom went from this:
The Museum, itself, has grown to include a number of larger items, as well, such as our Neo Geo Arcade cabinet, the MAME machine, and our Evolution of Platformers Exhibit.
I would call that a successful year. Oh, and there was one more super cool thing about 2013: it’s the year we eliminated admission fees! That’s right, you can now come and play the games on exhibit for free during open hours, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to six PM.
Long story short, thank you for all of your support! The MADE reopens on Wednesday, January 8th at 7 PM for our weekly volunteer meeting, then we resume classes and open hours on Saturday, January 11. On January 12, our game writing class in Twine takes place at 11 AM. We’ve got a few plans for 2014, among them some new classes in audio design and in HTML/Web development. More details will be made available as they are available.