Middle Bit: IGDA Des Moines hosting Global Game Jam this weekend

For the third year in a row, IGDA Des Moines, a local chapter of the International Game Developers Association, is hosting a jam site in Des Moines as part of Global Game Jam.

Global Game Jam is the world’s largest game jam event, taking place all around the world at over 860 physical locations in over 113 countries. This year’s location for IGDA will be Gravitate Coworking Downtown. The jam will begin this evening 5pm this evening and go until 5 pm on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Last year, IGDA Des Moines had nearly 30 participants created more than 10 games as part of the Global Game Jam.

Registration for the event is free.

Sentinel wins $20,000 at Ag Tech Pitch Competition

Sentinel took home the top award in the 2020 Iowa Power Farming Show Ag Tech Innovation Competition this week.

The competition featured five ag-tech start-ups pitching their latest ideas to help farmers manage their operations more effectively.

The competition, emceed by Rural Radio Network’s Chad Moyer culminated with one company earning the $5,000 People’s Choice award and the winning company receiving a $20,000 grand prize.

Sentinel took the top prize in the competition, while AgButler won the People’s Choice award.

Earlier this week, Sentinel received an intial investment from Ag Startup Engine, an Ames-based fund that invests in Iowa-based ag companies.


The Global Insurance Accelerator welcomed eight new cohorts to Des Moines this week as it hosted its Welcome Reception Wednesday night.

Each of the eight cohorts spoke briefly to the crowd, introducing themselves and sharing information about their respective startups

GIA will conclude the 2020 program with final presentations as part of a “demo day” at the Global Insurance Symposium on April 22.