Get Ready for the Global Game Jam – January 20th through 22nd

ggj-logo-webThe El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) will again host the Annual UCCS Global Game Jam at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs January 20-22, 2017.

  • Date: Jan 20-22
  • Place: UCCS Campus
  • Cost: Free thanks to EPIIC, Register Now!

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. More information: http://globalgamejam.org

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.

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

Schedule
The event will run from Friday, January 20th at 5pm until Sunday, January 22nd at TBD. Participants will need to attend the entire duration of this event. The complete schedule is as follows:

Friday January 20th

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

Saturday January 21st

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

Sunday January 22nd

  • 9 am: Breakfast
  • 1 pm: Lunch
  • 3 pm: Deadline for Handing in Games
  • TBD: 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.

Parking
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 http://www.uccs.edu/~map/

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 achassel@uccs.edu

Connect with the UCCS Global Game Jam through the Global Game Jam site or through Facebook.