I don’t have any previous game development or coding experience, can I still participate?
Yes! We welcome anyone between the ages of 10-18 to join the Game Jam, no experience necessary!
There will be workshops during the Game Jam that will help you get familiar with the whole experience. There are also other roles that you can play on the team, such as helping with the design of the game. All we ask for is a creative mind and an open heart to learn! You can also check out our list of resources to get started!
I don’t know anyone else in the Game Jam, how do I find a team?
There will be ice-breaker games before we begin jamming where you can make friends with other jammers and form a team. We can also form teams at the registration/sign-in tables on the morning of July 30th. If you are in need of a team, please arrive at least 20 mins early so we can help arrange one for you. No one gets left behind.
What do I need to bring?
A laptop or tablet from home. You are allowed to use any programs or web app; the possibilities are limitless! Others include mouse, mouse pad, headphones, cables and extension cords.
Pens, pencils, drawing boards, anything you need to create the Best. Video. Game. Ever.
If you don’t have anything, just remember to bring your creativity and a positive team-work mindset!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
For public transportation: Buses #229 or #239 from Lonsdale Quay Bus Terminal
Street parking is available along St. Georges Ave and 11th St E. Please be aware of time limits and “permits only” as it is a residential area.
What programs/software am I limited to using?
You can use anything that you have experience with to create games. We will mainly use GameMaker and Unity3D during our workshops, but we’d like to see what you have in mind!
I don’t have a computer… What should I do?
We encourage students to bring their own laptops to the Game Jam, but we will be able to provide some laptops. If you need a laptop from us, please let us know in the registration form here. Laptops will be provided on a first come first serve basis, so register ASAP!
What about food and drinks?
We will provide with complimentary food, snacks and beverage during the Game Jam. No outside food allowed, unless you have dietary restrictions (in which case, let us know in your registration form). Closed lid water bottles are allowed. Please keep tidy and throw all thrash in designated bins.
What about Pick-up and Drop-off?
Doors open at 9:00 am. Drop off zone will be located at the south-east corner of St Georges and 11th St E. Please refer to the Drop-off Zone Map for exact location.
We highly recommend parents to stay for the Introduction, Keynote Speech and Presentation from 10:00 – 10:30 am. Pick-up will be from 5:30 – 5:45 pm.
OK, I’m ready! How can I register?!
Please signup at EventBrite here.