BLUE1647 Updates: Game Dev Courses, Entrepreneur Fellows Program, and BLUE Gaming League

We, BLUE1647, a technology an entrepreneurship incubator in the Pilsen community have started to build out more of our programs, adding value to our community. We are aiming to embrace all forms of entrepreneurship, from web and mobile based technology, to filmmaking.

Update #1: Game Development Courses

Several weeks ago, we announced here that Code Chicagocourses in web and mobile technology are now offered at BLUE1647. Today, we’re informing everyone that we will also offer game development courses as well. Led by James “Quake” Cottrell III, an adjunct professor at several colleges and universities in Chicago, the course, Game Design 101: 3D Modeling using Maya, designed for beginners, is a comprehensive course that will cover the basics of modeling in Maya, focusing on three basic modeling types: polygonal nurbs, and Sub-D modeling. The course will focus on making twelve video game assets to populate a game, and focus on one detailed weapon. As with the other courses, these courses will be one of a sequence of courses. The 21st Century Youth Project will now be offering game development courses as well!

Update #2: Entrepreneur Fellows Program

The BLUE Entrepreneur Fellows Program (or, EFP) was created in an effort to directly engage current college students (majoring in any field of study), or participants over 18 years of age interested in entrepreneurial learning.  Aside from promoting group-based problem solving and creative thinking, the program also seeks to connect these students with a myriad of successful entrepreneurs, which will serve as both teachers as well as mentors. The EFP will be a 12-week program, hosted at the BLUE1647Tech Incubator, and seeks to provide a bridge between theories, real-world practices and emerging opportunities. The students will develop their own business plan and at the end of the program, will have a pitch/demo day of their concepts. To apply, go here .

Update #3: BLUE Gaming League

In knowing the strong correlation between programmers, entrepreneurs, and techies, we wanted to do something fun within BLUE. We decided to put together the BLUE Gaming League, a regular set of gaming tournaments in everything from Mortal Kombat, NBA 2K13, Madden, and Halo 4.Our first tournament is March 16th. If interested, please sign up!

Update #4: Chicago Film Institute

Starting in June, the Chicago Film Institute will offer “conservatory” programs in filmmaking. The first conservatory module begins in early June and will last 10 weeks culminating with the collaborative shooting of the film project . Another 24 week module will start in early September. For more information on the conservatory please visit our website at or come to BLUE1647(1647 S. Blue Island Ave.) on March 9th for a Chicago Film Meet-up to talk more about the program and network with local filmmakers and artists.


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