The Jam is not, and will never be, a competition. Instead it is a collaborative, safe, and fun environment where people can come together to learn, teach, and create seriously awesome content! Seriously!
Note that this is a non-competitive event and you are not required to spend the full 48-hour period on site. Some groups certainly do, and we'll be here the entire time, too, with security around the clock so it's up to you and your team. But the idea is to be jamming in the same place as a community, so heading home and jamming from home during the day is strongly discouraged as it is not in the spirit of the event. And if you're not at the Jam, how can you win our fabulous draw prizes??
No teams required beforehand-- we'll do team forming Friday night if you need one! Most folks arrive without teams, and it's a great way to make some awesome friends.
Note that parking is about $6 for every 24-hour period starting Friday at 6pm. If you choose to park in an open lot (e.g. B1 or C2 on the map) you must purchase TWO tickets. You can also pay-by-phone and you will receive a text message when it is about to expire. Covered parkade parking (Thunderbird Parkade) allows you to pay when you leave. If you have any questions, please contact us or inquire at the registration desk when you arrive. We will have volunteers on hand to help you, as well.
Please note that while UBC Campus Security does patrol regularly, we cannot be responsible for your vehicle or any belongings left within.
Thanks to the generosity of our past sponsors, we have typically been able to supply some food during the event (dinner Friday and Sunday). However you will be responsible for other meals/snacks. We'll update very soon with a list of local food services and options for the weekend!
The Jam site will have 24-hour on-site security for the entire duration of the event. As well, we will have volunteers on staff around the clock to help you with anything. If you are planning on bringing equipment there will be folks around to watch everything left in the East Atrium only. If you want to have something placed in our off-site room, please consult with a volunteer. Due to the extreme size of this Jam we cannot guarantee the ability to store items off-site. Please be warned that while we will do everything we reasonable can to keep your items safe, we cannot be held liable for missing items.
As one of the largest Jam sites in the world, we have a lot of people around. So we know you're with us, all individuals will be required to have their (stylish!) Jam Passes on at all times while on location. To help us out, security will watch for passes and will ask folks without to leave.
Be sure to get yours at registration, and make sure if you leave the site, you bring it back!
There will be some sponsors on site at the jam with tables. Please be sure to check them out and say 'thank you'!
Mentors to the rescue! Some amazing folks will be on site to volunteer their time, expertise, and encouragement. Don't be shy to look for help-- grab a volunteer, head to the registration desk, or grab a site organizer. We'll do everything we can to get you inspired and up and running again.
The jam is a collaborative environment of the finest kind. If audio isn't your speciality, chances are we'll have someone on site who can help! In the past, the amazing folks at PowerUp Audio, A Shell in the Pit and more voluntarily jammed their brains out for our GGJ jammers.
The jam might be non-competitive, but that doesn't mean we can't give some awesome stuff away thanks to our amazing sponsors who keep donating awesome stuff. In January 2013 we gave away an Xbox, tonnes of games, a signed Canucks jersey and more!
Please consider joining us as a 2014 sponsor!
We need your help! We are completely not-for-profit and volunteer run. The folks that make this jam happen often work around the clock to fundraise enough to cover basic expenses. If you belive in what we do and are in a comfortable position to sponsor, we'd love to have you join our esteem list of sponsors. We'll even throw in a hug!
|Contribution in funds.||$300 (or prize equiv.)||$600+||$1500+||$3000+|
|T-Shirt Logo *||No||Small||Medium||Large|
|Space for promotional materials **||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Link and logo on our 2014 website||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Full-weekend access to the event ***||2 persons||4 persons||Up to 8 persons||Up to 8 persons|
|Links in all attendee communications||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Email survey option||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Table at event on Saturday||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Highly visible signage at the event||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Maximum sponsors in this category||Unlimited||10||5||2|
* If the donation is received before the T-shirt order date
** Promotional materials to be supplied by sponsors
*** Individual pre-registration required
No, but participants should be prepared to spend large portions of the day/evening on site. Some participants may choose to nap on site, but many others will go home to rest and work. 24-hour security is provided.
There really is no restriction. Many developers use platforms ranging XNA, Unity, Flash and more. The platform is up to your team.
No. As event organizers, and in the spirit of the global game jam, we will encourage you to work with people from different backgrounds who have different skills than yours. Also, you will work co-operatively alongside other teams for the entire weekend so it really is a great networking opportunity for game designers and developers.
You will be contacted at the start of January regarding scheduling to ensure times and roles fit with your preference. However, if you are interested in obtaining sponsors for the event now please contact us.
Discussions are in progress with sponsors but we must cover our equipment, supply, and rental expenses first before any food can be offered as an option to attendees. Typically the Friday night dinner is catered, and a pizza party is thrown on the Sunday after the games are submitted. To be safe, plan to bring or pay for all of your meals and we will update you as we are able to secure sponsors. Details on nearby food vendors will be provided closer to the event date.
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