GI 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!

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

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WINTER 2023 Global Jam

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.

WINTER 2023 Global Jam

Start: Time TBD, Thursday, February 2nd

End: Time TBD, Sunday, February 5th 

To take part in the Game Jam, sign up:
In Person - on the University Page
Online - 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! Partnering with the global game jam we are one of the hundreds of sites around the world jamming together.

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.

What you need to know


To take part in the Game Jam,
In-Person - sign up on UWaterloo Page!
Online - sign up on Eventbrite!


Follow the link to the UWaterloo Shopify page and purchase your ticket to the event.

The event will consist of a combination of supervised and unsupervised jamming time in addition to in-person speakers and final game presentations and playing!

As we are hosted by the University of Waterloo we will be following University health and safety policies. If you have questions or would like updates closer to the date please contact the event organizers.


On the eventbrite, claim your ticket. More information will be sent through follow up emails using the eventbrite email list.

We aim to provide a fun and entertaining experience for those jammers who wish to attend virtually through our discord community and live streamed events/presentations. Additional information will be sent out with discord information closer to the date of the event.

Tentative Schedule

Thursday, February 2nd:

5:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Team building event: join in for a team-building activity to find teammates for the game jam, if you entered without a team or are looking for additional teammates.

Friday, February 3rd:

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Opening ceremonies, game jam theme reveal!

5:30  pm to 6:00 pm - Team building round 2

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Intro to Unity and Version Control

Saturday, February 4th:

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch and Keynote Speaker

Sunday, February 5th:

5:00 - Submissions deadline

5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Games Showcase, Closing remarks

Celebrate finishing the Game Jam!

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