Press Start Rhondda is a project designed to develop the programming skills of young people (and anyone else who wants to join in!) in the Rhondda through game development using the Unity Engine and the C# programming language. Throughout the Rhondda, clubs have been set up with the aim of encouraging young people to consider completing qualifications or even start a career in the digital technology sector.
Press Start Rhondda is supported by a grant from the Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund. The Fund has been established by energy company Vattenfall for the benefit of the communities hosting Pen Y Cymoedd Wind Farm.
A variety of partners from the public, private and third sectors are now involved in this project, including Cardiff University STEM Ambassadors, several Rhondda schools, Coleg y Cymoedd and Candlhat Studios. Press Start Rhondda evolved from the Appening Rhondda Game Jam weekends. Below is a video of the Game Jam that happened in August 2017.