Central Texas Global Game Jam 2016

ggj_logo

Global Game Jam Resources

The University of Texas at Austin’s Game and Mobile Media Applications (GAMMA) Program and Electronic Game Developers Society (EGaDS) will host the Central Texas Global Game Jam (GGJ) in 2016!

Date: January 29 – 31, 2015
Place: UT Student Activity Center (SAC) 2.302
Registration: https://central-texas-global-game-jam-2016.eventbrite.com

What is the Global Game Jam:

The GGJ is the world’s largest game jam event taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity. More information at: http://globalgamejam.org.

Who Can Attend:

Anyone with an interest in creating games can attend. All participants must be 18 years or older. You don’t necessarily need to have experience in designing a game before and you don’t need to have programming skills. In designing a game, various assets and skills are hugely important other than programming, such as: writing, art, sound, and game design. Teams need a mix of people with various backgrounds to truly succeed.

Where Will the Event Happen:

The event will happen at the UT Student Activity Center (SAC) building on the UT Austin campus: https://www.utexas.edu/maps/main/buildings/sac.html, Room 2.302.

After the opening ceremony, teams may work in SAC 2.302 until 3:00am, then from 10:00am – 3:00am on Saturday, and 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Sunday. Further details about locations will be provided at the opening ceremony.

What Should I Bring:

We highly encourage participants to bring their own personal computer since UT Austin campus computers are only available for UT students and generally have limited hours of availability. Internet access and power will be provided at UT Austin. For non-UT Austin students, Wi-Fi access will be provided while on the UT campus.

Judges:

In addition to the thrill of participating in the GGJ, we will have a jury of local industry professionals and UT faculty who will judge the games at the end of the weekend. We will award five categories: Best in Show, Best Audio, Best Game Design, Best Visuals, and Wild Card.

Schedule:

The event will run from Friday, January 29th at 6:00pm until Sunday, January 31st at 6:00pm. Participants are free to work outside the event area during the development hours but are required to attend the initial check-in portion and final presentations. Some important timestamps are as follows:

Friday, January 29th – SAC 2.302:
5:00pm – 6:00pm: Check-in/Registration, GGJ Presentation, and Theme Reveal

Saturday, January 30th – SAC 2.302:
10:00am: UT Austin Work Spaces Open
10:30am: Breakfast
11:00am: Deadline to Create Team Profile and Game Page
2:00pm: Snacks
3:00am: UT Austin Work Spaces Close

Sunday, January 31st – SAC 2.302:
12:00pm: UT Austin Work Spaces Open
12:30pm: Breakfast
4:00pm: Deadline for Submitting Games
4:00pm – 6:00pm: Pizza, Presentations, and Awards

Food & Drinks:

We will intermittently provide food and drinks during the event when available. There are also many varied food and drink options available in the vicinity of the jam location. See attached document for a list of 24-hour locations around the event: 24 Hour Locations (UT)

Transportation & Parking:

We encourage participants to take public transportation. Bus routes to campus can be found at: http://www.capmetro.org.

For commuters, UT Austin campus parking information is available here: http://en.parkopedia.com/parking/the_university_of_texas_austin_austin_tx_united_states/.

Contact Information:

Cameron M. Weed, Program Coordinator for the GAMMA Program, and Rachael Metcalf, President of Electronic Game Developers Society (EGaDS), are the organizers of this event. You can contact them with questions by e-mail at cweed@austin.utexas.edu and rachael.metcalf@utexas.edu.