GI Jam

poster of fall 2021 game jam

On November 24th-28th, 2021, build a game with your team, join a thriving community & have lots of fun!

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Fall 2021 Jam

Online: What you need to know.




Whether you have an idea for a game design in the works, or if game design has never crossed your mind, there is room for everyone! All levels of expertise, disciplinary backgrounds, and preparation are welcome.

Fall 2021 Jam

Start: 6pm, Wednesday, November 24th

End: 4pm, Sunday, November 28th 

To take part in the Game Jam, sign up on Eventbrite

The Waterloo Game Jam event is an event for game makers of all ages and abilities, and has an equal focus on art, design, and playability! Throughout the weekend, you can work to take your game idea from dream to playable. Mentors from the Games Institute will be giving talks and tutorials about how to brainstorm, prototype, and develop your own games. Starting with paper prototypes and game concepts, the GI mentors will help you discover the world of games outside of ‌programming, from game mechanics, to narrative, and artwork.

Online: What you need to know

  • The Game Jam will be held on, an avatar-based virtual environment for collaboration and fun! In Gather Town, teams will be able to build their own collaboration space, meet with other teams, attend social events, and showcase their final game!
  • Game Jam participants will be onboarded into our Game Jam Discord Server, where they will be able to see important announcements and events held on Gather Town.


To take part in the Game Jam, sign up on Eventbrite

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday November 24th:

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Onboarding into Game Jam Discord Server and Gather.Town Tour of Gather.Town space, build abilities and game rules

7:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Team building event: join in for a team-building activity to find teammates for the game jam, if you entered without a team

Thursday, November 25th:

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Opening ceremonies, game jam theme reveal and an introduction to our sponsor, Stadium Live

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Game Developing Tutorial: Learn skills about how to start building and planning your game with the UW Game Dev Club

Friday, November 26th:

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Keynote Speaker: Hear from a Game Dev industry professional to learn more about their experiences, and how they got the job!

Saturday, November 27th:

2:00 pm to 3:00pm - Social: Relax and play some games with fellow jammers!

Sunday, November 28th:

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm - Video Showcase, Closing remarks & Prize Raffle

Celebrate finishing the Game Jam!

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