Ready for the UCCS Global Game Jam?

GGJ2014The El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) will host the UCCS Global Game Jam at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in January 2014.

  • Date: Jan 24, 2014 – Jan 26, 2014
  • Place: UCCS Campus
  • Cost: Free thanks to EPIIC

What is the Global Game Jam?
Global Game Jam (GGJ) is the premier annual game creation event that fosters the development of innovative game concepts and promotes international collaboration and teamwork. GGJ brings together thousands of game development enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world on a single weekend.

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Time to Innovate!
Participants at the UCCS Global Game Jam are encouraged to innovate. Teams can innovate by thinking of new gaming structure or by using themes that haven’t been used in games. This is an opportunity to experiment and to deliver amazing game experiences in a short period of time. To help facilitate this innovation, a brainstorming session will be held on Friday evening.

The UCCS Global Game Jam will be hosted on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus. The meet up location for Friday will be provided to registered attendees via email the week prior to the event.

What Should I Bring?
UCCS will have two computer labs available however; we highly encourage participants to bring their own laptop. Wireless internet access will be available during the UCCS Global Game Jam.

Who Can Attend?
Anyone with an interest in designing games is invited to attend this event. You don’t need to have experience in designing a game before and you don’t need to have programming skills. Teams will need a mix of people with diverse backgrounds and while forming teams we will make sure there is a balance of various skills.

  • Registration is limited to the first 50 registered participants.

Recognition will be given to teams for your typical and not-so-typical categories on Sunday evening.

The event will run from Friday, January 24th at 5pm until Sunday, January 26th at 5 pm. Participants will need to attend the entire duration of this event. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday January 24th

  • 4-5 pm: Check-in and Registration
  • 6 pm: Group Forming and Dinner
  • 8 pm: Brainstorming
  • 9 pm: Pitching Ideas and Critique

Saturday January 25th

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 11 am: Deadline to Create User Profile and Game Page
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 7 pm: Dinner

Sunday January 26th

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 3 pm: Deadline for Handing in Games
  • 5 pm: Presentations and Recognition

Food & Drinks
EPIIC will provide food and drinks during the event as indicated in the schedule. In the vicinity of the location vending options are available for food and drinks.

Plenty of parking is available on the UCCS campus. GGJ attendees will not be required to pay for parking. For a map of the parking lots visit

Contact Information
Angus Chassels, Entrepreneur in Residence and faculty member in the UCCS Bachelor of Innovation program is the organizer of this event. You can contact him with questions by e-mail

The Lion’s Den Pitch Night is back!

mountain lion copyThe Lion’s Den Pitch Night
Presented by EPIIC and Peak Venture Group

Monday, February 24th
5:30 pm—7:00 pm
The Lodge at UCCS

Join UCCS El Pomar Institute for Innovation & Commercialization (EPIIC) and Peak Venture Group (PVG) for a co-sponsored event on Monday, February 24th, featuring six businesses pitching ventures, a lively panel of business-savvy judges, and interactive Q&A with audience members. The top business pitch will win the prize of $500.

The joint event will be structured similarly to the popular ABC TV show Shark Tank™. Viewers have enjoyed the lively and interesting format of the show in which entrepreneurs present their business ideas to well-known investors.

The concept of the EPIIC and PVG Pitch Night event will follow the TV show’s format, featuring six local ventures, including student teams. Entrepreneurs will have five minutes to pitch deals to a panel of entrepreneurs/investors. The panel will then provide feedback to presenters, ask tough business questions, and decide who is worthy of the $500 prize.

The event is open to the community and students, investors and entrepreneurs are encouraged to attend. For more information about this event, download the event flyer.

Click Here to Register.

Questions? Contact Rhea Phaneuf at