Brain Boost: Where Game Dev & Working at NASA Intersect

Speaker: Adam Silcott
Have you ever been playing a game and thought to yourself, “I wonder what it takes to make something like this?” If so, this is the Brain Boost for you! In this session we will discuss what happens at the intersection of Adam’s career at NASA and game design, game jams and the role they play in the indie game dev community, and the Unity game design engine.

Then we’ll open the floor for discussion. Have you ever participated in a game jam? What roles can non-programmers play in the design and development of games? How does game theory help boost creativity in other fields? What’s your experience?




A lunchtime collaborative learning experience that starts with a talk from someone passionate about a topic and ends with open discussion. Bring your lunch and learn.
July 14 – Noon to 1:00 PM
(doors will open at 11:30 so you can grab a snack and a drink and get settled in)
122 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701 (Cowork Frederick “Community Room”)

Adam Silcott began working with Unity game engine as a hobby and now uses it in his professional life as well. With Unity, he visualizes disaster data for NASA, simulating hurricanes, floods, and wildfires in virtual reality. He is also an organizer of the Frederick Game Development meetup group and is passionate about building a community of game developers in Frederick.

Brain Boost is a monthly brown bag event designed to build expertise, catapult the success of small businesses, and ensure equitable access to a wealth of knowledge. People from a wide variety of professions and walks of life share their experience and expertise in an educational talk. Then, with the help of a facilitator, engage participants in active conversation. The event is meant to spark inclusive conversation and circulate the abundant knowledge within Frederick’s small biz community. Participants bring their own lunch (optionally). Drinks and light snacks are provided. The Cowork Frederick Foundation (a 501(c)(3) non-profit) covers the cost of running the program and the meeting space, with the help of sponsors. Speakers volunteer their time.