MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2018 Activities by Sponsor - Game Lab

Global Game Jam 2018

Rik Eberhardt, Studio Manager, MIT Game Lab

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions

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The Global Game Jam (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.

We open our doors on Friday, January 26th at 5pm and run until 10pm that day. Our site is open Saturday, January 27th from 9am until 10pm, and Sunday, January 28th from 9am until 6pm.

The Global Game Jam is a 3-day event, but our site closes at night so participants can go home and get rested for the next day. Participants should plan to attend the entire duration of the event as your team will need you to complete your game!

Participants must register to attend:

We have 30 free slots open for the MIT Community (must have an email address to register).

Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing, Game Lab
Contact: Richard Eberhardt, E15-329, 617 324-2173, REBERHAR@MIT.EDU

Keynote & Kickoff Presentations

Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 05:00PM-08:00PM 32-123

The jam begins with a keynote, presentations about the Jam, and reveal of the Jam topic.

Teams will be formed by 8:00pm.

Rik Eberhardt - Studio Manager, MIT Game Lab

Game Jam

Add to Calendar Jan/26 Fri 05:00PM-10:00PM 32-124, 32-144
Add to Calendar Jan/27 Sat 09:00AM-10:00PM 32-124, 32-144
Add to Calendar Jan/28 Sun 09:00AM-03:00PM 32-124, 32-144

Work days for the Jam. Participants will be working in teams to create their games.

Rik Eberhardt - Studio Manager, MIT Game Lab

Presentations & Postmortem

Add to Calendar Jan/28 Sun 03:00PM-06:00PM 32-123

Game Jam participants will present the work they created over the weekend and postmortem their process.

This is open to the general public - no registration is required for this session.

Rik Eberhardt - Studio Manager, MIT Game Lab