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Thursday, November 25, 2021 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Data Jam - Feminist Think Tank Presents: Everything but the Kitchen Sink


This is a fun opportunity to learn more about data in a safe space! Any degree of understanding of data is welcome! In this Data Jam we will be collecting everything but the kitchen sink on your phone (of course with your permission) this will entail all things social media. Saved posts, screenshots, or liked content, from Instagram to TikTok to Twitter. This is a great chance to enter the world of data visualization! We will be going through and tagging posts while coming up with hypotheses'.

Thursday, September 29, 2022 6:00 pm - Sunday, October 2, 2022 4:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Fall 2022 Games Institute Game Jam

From September 29th-October 2nd, 2022, build a game with your team, join a thriving community & have lots of fun!

If you have questions not answered by the FAQ, please reach out to current Game Jam captain(s) Alexander ( for more details.

Start: 6pm, Thursday, September 28th

End: 4pm, Sunday, October 2nd 

Friday, November 18, 2022 10:00 am - 1:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Games, Aging and Health: Networking, Social, and Learning (hybrid event)

The Games Institute and AGE-WELL are hosting a networking event to foster a community of innovative aging research to learn about projects, ideas, and interests in how games, technology, and health can support aging people living well. A half-day event will include presentations from experts in aging research and serious game design, a chance to learn about AGE-WELL funding opportunities for emerging researchers, and a chance to gain connections during game demos at the end of the event.

Thursday, February 2, 2023 5:00 pm - Sunday, February 5, 2023 6:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

WINTER 2023 Global Game Jam

On February 2nd- February 5th, 2023, join us for the GLOBAL GAME JAM! Build a game with your team, join a thriving community & have lots of fun over the weekend!

WINTER 2023 Global Jam

Start: Time TBD, Thursday, February 2nd

End: Time TBD, Sunday, February 5th 

Monday, October 23, 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Workshop on Building Equitable and Sustainable Game Development Education

With recent waves of layoffs, high-profile workplace harassment cases, and a notoriously short career length for gender minorities and people of colour, the transition of new workers into the game industry involves navigating a spate of barriers to equity and success that have been understudied in academic research. This panel talks about "The First Three Years", an ongoing longitudinal study of graduates of game programs in Canada and the United States, following the journey of 207 students as they move into the game industry.

Friday, October 27, 2023 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

The Psychology of Fun and Frustration

An enduring appeal of interactive entertainment media such as video games is that they invite the user to co-create the on-screen experience. More than an invitation, these experiences demand near-constant attention from players—and do so on myriad dimensions, including cognitive (problem-solving), emotional (affective reactions), apparatus (control or interface intuitiveness), exertional (physical activity) and social (attending to social agents).

Monday, November 20, 2023 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Emerging Voices in Asian/ American Game Studies

This panel highlights emerging scholars in Asian/American games studies. Panelists will present recent and/or ongoing work, sharing a glimpse of the emerging research questions animating the field. Topics include He’s analysis of NPC discourse, particularly the phenomena of NPC streaming, as an Asiatic form, Ganzon’s examination of Filipino political activism in digital games that extend public and community spaces, and Howard’s inquiry on 'region locking' in online games as racial practices.

Thursday, December 7, 2023 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Workshop: History and culture through traditional games

Please note that this is an in-person event at the Games Institute , EC1 at the University of Waterloo. Online participation may be accommodated for individuals with accessibility requirements, however, the workshop is designed for an in-person audience. Please reach out to the Games Institute ( if you would like to discuss the online option. 

This workshop hosted by Dallas Squire of Onkwehonwe Games offers participants the opportunity to learn about the history and culture of the people of the Six Nations (also called Haudenosaunee) through Traditional Games. Interactive and hands-on, their approach to teaching is indigenous in its foundation.