Jammers with Consulate General Staff Members Ard van der Vorst & Bo-Peter Laanen
The previous week saw San Francisco host the Game Developers Conference (GDC) at the Moscone Center. As an extension of the GDC, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco is proud to have hosted Games [4Diversity] Jam’14 USA, a program of two 12-hour days devoted to creating games focused on incorporating feminine and LGBT aspects to games, this weekend, March 22-23, 2014. With only a few video games willing to show or allow displays of same-sex relationships, Menno Daan from Games [4...] Jam (http://www.studiolapp.nl/LinkedIn) believes the game industry needs to see more diverse content.
Jammers present gameplay
The demographics of game developers themselves are changing, seeing more women and LGBT developers joining the community, and its time to see that reflected in game content. With 20 developers at the Games [4Diversity] Jam, groups were made to create game concepts, then bring that concept into a game prototype.
Four groups were able to produce four different game prototypes, check out those on the Games [4...] Jam website here, under Games [4Diversity] Jam’14: http://www.gamesjam.nl/games/
Earlier today, Facebook announced it has released an open source version of it’s new programming language for HHVM named Hack. (Available here)
This announcement is particularly exciting for the Dutch Community in Silicon Valley, as two individuals from the Netherlands were particularly instrumental in making Hack possible. Erik Meijer of Applied Duality (Twitter: @headinthebox, applied-duality.com) has been recognized as part of the core team to develop Hack. As an early adopter of the language, Alexander Mols (Twitter: @iam_asm89) helped develop Hack as well.
Hack is said to interoperate with PHP, the popular scripting language suited for web development, seamlessly and has been fully integrated into Facebook:
“We have deployed Hack at Facebook and it has been a great success. Over the last year, we have migrated nearly our entire PHP codebase to Hack, thanks to both organic adoption and a number of homegrown refactoring tools.”
The usefulness of Hack lies in it’s ability to speed up the time code is written and shipped by engineers, which for a company the size of Facebook will make a big impact.
See Facebook’s announcement regarding Hack here: https://code.facebook.com/posts/264544830379293/hack-a-new-programming-language-for-hhvm/
Join us for a night of discovery on Thursday, March 13 for a very special event showcasing some of the best growth companies the Netherlands has to offer.
This is your chance to get up and close with some of the most innovative Dutch founders from the software and clean tech realms.
Amazing Dutch Tech & Innovation March 13, 2014 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
119 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Click here to RSVP!
First 100 people to use couponcode MINBUZA-VIP get a free ticket!
Elemental Water Makers– Renewable Driven Desalination www.elementalwatermakers.com
Representative: Sid Vollebregt, Commercial DirectorWithout using energy intensive processes based on fossil fuels, Elemental Water Makers provides the most cost attractive renewable energy driven solutions for fresh water. Elemental Water Makers delivers an eco-friendly solution to increasing water scarcity and prices, customized to the needs of the user.
Eternal Sun– Solar Simulators www.eternalsun.com
Representative: Chokri Mousaoui, FounderEternal Sun supplies the next generation of solar testing. Specializing in solar simulation technology for the purpose of product and material testing, Eternal Sun’s products will lead towards more sustainable products.
e-Traction – Direct Drive Electric Traction Systems www.e-traction.eu
Representative: Peter de Neef, CEOe-Traction is the one-stop-shop company for high voltage electric vehicle systems. By implementing superior, distinguished and patented powertrain technology in e-mobility, e-Traction reduces energy consumption and cost of ownership dramatically.
SRB Energy – Thermo-Solar Energy www.srbenergy.com
Representative: Jan van Diessen, CEOSRB Energy produces the Thermo-solar Energy of the Future in today’s world. For a better and sustainable world, our solar-thermal collectors use clean renewable sources to produce and provide electricity as well as heat and cold generation.
Peerby – A Sharing Community www.peerby.com
Representative: Daan WeddepohlPeerby enables you to borrow the thing you need from people in your neighborhood. Right here, right now and for free. We believe that sharing is the future and we want to make it fun and easy.
Hansje Brinker www.hansjebrinker.com
Representative: Pieter BasHansje Brinker offers an operational system for managers of infrastructure to monitor dynamic deformations anywhere. This system helps managers to identify the exact location for local follow-up inspection on dams, levees, pipelines, railroads, bridges, storage tanks and all other assets under management. Hansje Brinker provides a continuous and global view on deformation processes, based on radar images taken by satellite.
Closing off a successful year, we organized a workshop about rethinking the urban space in terms of smart mobility together with THNK, an Amsterdam-based international school for innovation, in December. During this workshop, influencers working in fields such as urban planning, public transport planning and urban sustainability came together to brainstorm about ways for developed cities to create space for new developments in mobility:
The workshop mirrors the extensive work of all teams at the Consulate General, aiming to stay on top of recent developments and trends in Silicon Valley in order to help Dutch organizations and companies looking to expand on the West Coast. Topics such as sustainability, urban development and water management are of prime focus in both the Netherlands and Silicon Valley and thus at the Consulate:
From March 11-14, a delegation of Clean Tech companies from the Netherlands will visit California. Come meet them at the Clean Tech Forum (March 11-13) or at Dutch Innovation Night at SF New Tech (March 13)!