GI Jam

On June 23rd-27th, 2021, 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 captains Ekaterina or Arielle for more details

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Spring 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.

Spring 2021 Jam

Start: 6pm, Wednesday, June 23rd

End: 4:30pm, Sunday, June 27th

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

  • This virtual Jam will be held on Discord, where we will help you find a team, organize your team, and build something great
  • A dedicated group of team-mentors will be available to make sure you have everything you need, answer your questions, or point you in the right direction


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

Tentative Schedule

Wednesday June 23rd:

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Opening remarks and Quickscope introductions

Thursday, June 24th:

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm -Beginner Tutorials Livestream

Friday, June 25th:

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm - Check-in and Q&A with experts

Saturday, June 26th:

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - Social activity

Sunday, June 27th:

3:00 pm - Deadline for game kit upload

3:00 pm to 4:30 pm - Closing remarks

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