GI Game Jam (Spring 2021)!

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Build a game alone or with a team, join a thriving community & have lots of fun. The entire event is online!

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The GI Game Jam, is a thrice-annual, multi-day event hosted by The Games Institute (GI) at the University of Waterloo where playful people gather to create original games together. Our events welcome a wide variety of game-making hobbyists, students, and professionals from different disciplines may it be programming, art, music, design, or writing, and are open to anyone anywhere with an internet connection. This is not just for UW students! The entire event is online and we hope to use this opportunity to support remote teams and spend more time mentoring newcomers.

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Wednesday June 23rd:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Opening remarks + Theme Reveal + Sponsor Introduction

Learn about the Game Jam, meet other jammers, and get to know out sponsor Quickscope.

Thursday, June 24th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Starting Guide

Learn skills about how to start building and planning your game with the UW Game Dev Club

Friday, June 25th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Keynote Speakers:

Renee is the Executive Director of the IGDA, and a multi-disciplinary leader with expertise in software engineering and creative direction. She is a passionate advocate and connector for developers and diversity in the game industry, with a background that spans across engineering, design, and production. She is outspoken about initiatives to increase diversity both within the game industry and gaming overall to help the game industry grow and improve for everyone.

HitGrab is an award-winning Toronto indie gaming studio. They recently released their first major console title Clan O'Conall on Steam, due in large part to government funding from Ontario Creates and a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign. For most of the team, Clan O'Conall was the first game they worked on, and many full time members of the team were hired directly out of university. Francisco, the Clan O'Conall team lead, Jake, the lead game designer, and Vishaal, the team's business development manager will join the G.I. Virtual Game Jam to discuss how Clan O'Conall was developed from inception through to release and how new graduates contributed to its success.

Saturday, June 26th:

2:00 pm to 3:00pm - Social

Relax and play some games with fellow jammers!

Sunday, June 27th:

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm - Video Showcase, Closing remarks & Prize Raffle

Celebrate finishing the Game Jam!

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Organizer GI Jam Organizing Committee

Organizer of GI Game Jam (Spring 2021)!

Led by University of Waterloo Games Institute graduate students, the GI Jam Organizing Committee is involved in numerous public outreach activities including hosting the seasonal GI Jam game-making weekends, GI Proto/Play Night, and Open House Parties.

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