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We’ve made online education into a video game, so you can get addicted to learning. Read more

Sydney, AU Video Games
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We’ve made online education into a video game, so you can get addicted to learning.

Sydney, AU Video Games
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Change Education, Change the World

We want to make the best quality education available. One on one education is so much better than classroom based learning, but we don't have 7 billion people to tutor the other 7 billion on the planet. We turned to the best one on one experience available - video games - and we're using them to make education much more efficient and enjoyable.

Tech Demos

We have a couple of tech demos up, and we'll release updates regularly throughout the campaign.

Play games that teach you to make web-games in HTML5!

We're launching a full course to teach you how to make web games:

  • equivalent quantity to a 13 week university course
  • equivalent quality to a great indie game
  • pick and choose the topics you want

We use visual metaphors so you learn faster, and we use narrative so what you learn sticks twice as well.

Learn Behaviour Trees by automating your character in a platform game
Learn Behaviour Trees by automating your character in a platform game

The best video games weave interactive experiences with high quality scripted narrative, so that's what we're bringing to education.

Learn path finding algorithms from Amber
Learn path finding algorithms from Amber

Course Content

You'll get as much content as you'd find in a top quality 13 week college class, and we'll present it to you as a video game.

You work through our content as a skill tree, and you can dive in at the skill level suitable to you.

  • New to coding? Dive in and have fun, we're beginner friendly.
  • Experienced programmers will find 80% of the content new if they haven't made HTML5 games before.

Games for Fun
If you want to make games for fun, then we'll show you how because we want to play them.

Serious GamesIf you want to build serious games (games that do more than just entertain), then we'll teach you to make things like what we're building and can supply a lot of libraries if you want to teach code.

Awesome Web Apps
We'll help you build web apps that make users smile. Interactive visuals means an opportunity to better communicate with your users, helping them understand complex products quickly and a game like experience will help them remember you.

Social Learning

In the real world it's teams that accomplish things, not individuals. Learning to work together is one of the most valuable things we can learn, yet today's education sees it as cheating.

We will never penalise you for helping each other, or asking for help. Instead we'll reward you for helping others and give you multiple ways to pick up the same skills. 

Learn with the Best

Our beta testers and crowd sourced content creators are from the best computer science colleges in the United States and Australia. We have beta users and creators signed up from:

  • Caltech
  • Berkeley
  • Harvard
  • Stanford
  • UT Austin
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • University of Sydney (Australia)
  • University of NSW (Australia)

and more on the way!

Team

Most of Brainworth has been built by volunteers. Over 50 people have believed in our vision and pushed to get this far. Artists, actors, costume designers. Camera operators, editors and sound technicians. Writers, directors, game designers, and of course our programmers. We also owe a special debt of gratitude to our advisors. Thank you Rohan, Soren, Guy, Rowan and JBS.

We have recently been awarded an interactive media grant to finish our artifical intelligence content. We gratefully acknowledge that Brainworth has been developed with the assistance of Screen NSW

Brainworth:

Education is Changing. For Good.

FAQ

  • Just choose your reward level and then add $25 extra for every additional gift copy you'd like to buy.

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  • The social world that connects games will be proprietary, most games that link to the world will be open source. We will encourage people contributing games to make them open.

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Rewards

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    Pledge $19 or more
    About $19 USD

    200 backers All gone!

    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
    Learn to make HTML5 Games - by playing them. Quantity equivalent to a 13 week university course. Quality equivalent to a great indie game. Available for yourself or as a gift.

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    22 backers

    Learn to make HTML5 Games - by playing them. Quantity equivalent to a 13 week university course.
    Quality equivalent to a great indie game. Available for yourself or as a gift.

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    About $50 USD

    8 backers

    Above (Learn to make games)
    + Sponsor a Mentor. You'll get to track the progress of a student at a top college as they work through the same content and give them encouragement along the way. By bringing top students to the platform you'll help prepare mentors for the next generation.

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    About $100 USD

    4 backers

    Brainworth T-Shirt + above + more!
    You get a T-Shirt,
    You get the content and
    Two future mentors get the content.
    (please add $10 for shipping outside the US)

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    Full size poster - signed by core team members.
    Our main art backdrop has been built for future retina displays and is 28 megapixels. It will make a beautiful poster print.
    (+ above rewards, so that's a signed high detail large poster, a t-shirt, sponsoring two mentors to access the content and getting the content for yourself).
    (please add $10 for shipping outside US/Canada/Australia)

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    1 backer Limited (59 left of 60)

    Sponsor a content island + All Above rewards:
    Your name immortalized for every player to see when they access our content. - And you choose which content island - get in early to have first choice. Your name will be presented in a classy manner similar to a donor's plaque at a museum.

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    About $1,000 USD

    1 backer Limited (19 left of 20)

    Dinner with the Team + All Above rewards:
    available as: 2 founders in San Francisco, or 10 team members in Sydney.

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    About $5,000 USD

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    Game Design Consultation + $500 (and lower priced) rewards. You'll get a full day with two experts from our advisory board or founding team to go over your game and show you how to make it better.
    Available in San Francisco or Sydney.

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    About $10,000 USD

    1 backer

    If you're hiring at a great tech company, then we've got brilliant engineers.

    We'll work with you to place an HTML5 engineer sourced from our top performing game makers. Our players are the best of the best, so you need a role that will inspire them.

    Our players include senior year students at Stanford, Harvard, MIT, Caltech, Berkeley, UT Austin and Carnegie Mellon, and in Australia from the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. We'll connect you with top performing students who are looking for work and work with you until your role is filled. Full details at www.brainworth.net/html5engineer

    (includes $500 (and lower priced) rewards.)

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Funding period

- (31 days)