I’ve backed SpecialEffect since meeting their team at the EGX event in 2013 and have been involved in all sorts of activities for the organisation over the years: pub quizzes, presentations, 10K runs and volunteering days on their stand at expos. We’re currently gearing up for our 24-hour GameBlast18 stream next weekend (shameless plug).
It’s not SpecialEffect I’m writing about today however; it’s Brain in Hand, a team whose goal it is to change the world by helping people on their journey to independence. Their Brain in Hand app is packed with features – including easy access to personalised and remote support from The National Autistic Society – designed to help an individual reduce anxiety and feel safe, enabling people with a range of diverse needs to achieve things they never thought would be possible.
The company’s annual Minecraft marathon is returning to mark World Autism Awareness Day tomorrow and raise money for the brilliant charity Positively Autistic, an organisation which educates and creates positive awareness through channels such as online radio shows and Autism Movement Therapy. You can join them from 13:00 BST on Tuesday, 03 April 2018 for 24-hours on their Twitch channel.
That’s not all though: Brain in Hand is opening their virtual world and inviting everyone to get involved. All you need is a copy of Minecraft (the Java Edition) and the ambition to take on the challenge of building the most awesome structures possible. This year’s theme is ‘castles’ so credit will be given for towering walls, treacherous moats and majestic throne rooms.
To make things a bit more interesting, there’ll be some objectives for teams to complete: you’ll get points for incorporating features from a list of classic castle components and special guest judges will look out for creativity and general awesomeness. However, if you don’t want to enter the judging and just want to join in to have a good time, then that’s encouraged also.
There are other ways in which you can show your support too. Anyone who’d like to make a donation to Positively Autistic can visit the official GoFundMe page; and for those with a fondness for Twitch, you can host Brain in Hand’s stream on your channel from tomorrow. If you’d like to join in with the fun and games, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or join the forum.
Further information can be found in this article and in this post by Chris from OverThinker Y. He’ll be taking part in the event from 13:00 to 17:00 tomorrow then again from 08:00 to 13:00 on Wednesday, so stop by and give him a few words of encouragement!
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.