The idea for 67games was conceptualized by Regina Kgatle,
an engineer, innovator and edupreneur who founded the educational games organization Educade. She has received awards for her work both nationally and internationally. In 2014 facebook flew her to the US together with other 24 students worldwide to receive an honour award for young students changing lives through technology. In 2012 Young People International Affairs listed her as one of their Top 35 under-35 African Leaders. In 2013 she was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian’s 200 young South Africans, and in 2015 she was selected as a nominee for the African Democratic Institute’s Pan African Leaders Platform Award for her work in education. Back in her hometown of Hammanskraal, Regina has also cofounded (with a friend and cousin), an educational program called called Life After Matric (LAM). After announcing her concept for the 67games project, she has amassed a devout following. Among which are some of the brightest minds in academia, education, science, technology and you guessed it, games.
Anja Venter is an artist/designer/researcher/PhD candidate who is fascinated by the intersection of art, culture and technology. She has ‘made pictures’ for a variety of platforms and purposes, from client work to comics, to (most recently) games and apps. These endeavours have seen her win Loerie and a Pendoring Awards. In 2011 she returned to university to complete her Masters degree in Media studies with a focus on video game culture in marginal settings with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and SANPAD. She is currently working towards a Microsoft-sponsored PhD which looks at how creative tools, particularly those on mobile, can assist in democratising visual design capabilities. She has received funding from the Sir Robert Kotze scholarship, the COIMBRA award for scholars from Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Association for Internet Researchers to travel internationally and present her work. She has recently dabbled in the making of games, and has applied jamming as a collaborative learning and making method in her work. She hopes to expand on these techniques during the game jams for 67games.
The team has many allies. In the form of organizations and individuals. Our central committee currently consists of:
Philipp Schäfer – Game Developer(Germany)/Web Master
Robbie Fraser – Game Developer/go-to-guy
Mohlopheni Jackson Marakalala – Harvard Post-doctoral Fellow/has met the queen
Rodain Joubert –
Barbara Ojur – Electrical and Computer Engineer, passionate about
children’s rights and teaching girls how to code.
Nick Cuthbert – Game Developer
Alicia Contestabile – Game Developer (Canada), Dames Making Games member
Francois van Niekerk – Game Developer/
Jonathan van Hove – Game Developer (Belgium)