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Space Video Game Developers Start 48 Hour Challenge

Teams competing in a previous "jam" competition. Photo: Indie Galactic Space Jam

Space Florida is awarding a $5,000 prize for the next space-based video game but teams will only have 48 hours to create it.

Teams of developers, programmers and artists will pitch video game ideas Friday night and then they will have just the weekend to develop, build and test their space games before presenting to a panel of judges Sunday. About 145 participants are registered for the competition.

Space Florida’s Dale Ketcham said the competition is helping recruit new talent like software designers and artists to Florida’s space industry.

"Developing a skilled workforce is probably the single most important thing any industry in any community can do to be successful in recruiting the next generation of [companies like] Blue Origin and SpaceX," said Ketcham at a kick-off event Thursday.

It’s the fifth year of the Indie Galactic Space Jam competition, and the fourth year a prize is being offered by Space Florida, the state organization that recruits private space businesses to the sunshine state.

The event kicks off Friday at the Orlando Science Center. Judges will pick the top games and award prizes on Sunday.

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to Central Florida in 2005 to attend the University of Central Florida. He began working at WMFE as a college intern where he discovered his love for public radio.