Global Game Jam (GGJ) stands as the ultimate celebration of creativity, collaboration, and innovation in the world of game development. Join us January 26-28 at Hub101 (it's free!).
What is Global Game Jam?
With events taking place in physical locations across the globe, GGJ invites individuals from all walks of life to participate in a 48-hour hackathon focused on game development.
Whether you're an aspiring game developer, artist, musician, or simply someone looking to learn new skills and have fun, GGJ offers a unique opportunity to unleash your creativity and be part of a global community.
GGJ's mission is to stimulate innovation, experimentation, and collaboration in the field of game development. Held annually in January, the event kicks off on a Friday afternoon with the exciting announcement of the year's theme—a well-kept secret until the last second. This thematic approach challenges participants to think outside the box and pushes the boundaries of their creativity.
What is this year's theme?
We won't know until Friday, January 26!
Last year's theme was "Roots" How might you interpret that? Tooth roots? Tree roots? Square root? Hair roots?
...so many interpretations! So many possibilities for games!
Examples from last year's Global Game Jam 2023, with the theme of "roots".
What is the point of Global Game Jam?
Unlike traditional competitions, GGJ is not about winning or losing; it's about fostering friendships, boosting confidence, and creating opportunities within participating communities. The collaborative nature of the event encourages individuals to come together and explore new roles and skills in a supportive and inclusive environment.
Diverse Creations in 48 Hours:
One of the most exciting aspects of GGJ is the wide range of creations that emerge within the 48-hour time frame. Participants are not limited to video games; they can create board games, card games, outdoor activities, or interactive experiences. The event welcomes individuals from various backgrounds—designers, developers, artists, musicians, voice actors, and even knitters, gardeners, and architects.
Everyone and anyone are invited to try their hand at making a game during GGJ. Whether you come with your own game idea or contribute to someone else's project, the emphasis is on collaboration and exploration. This diversity of skills and perspectives contributes to the richness of the GGJ experience.
Opportunities for Learning and Growth:
Global Game Jam is not just about creating games; it's an opportunity to try new technologies and tools, explore different roles within a development team, and expand your skill set. The event serves as a platform for individuals to step out of their comfort zones, take on intellectual challenges, and gain hands-on experience in a fast-paced and creative environment.
Strengthening Your Resume and Building Connections:
Participating in GGJ can be a valuable addition to your resume. Employers often appreciate individuals who have experience in collaborative projects and can demonstrate creativity under tight deadlines. Beyond the tangible outcomes, GGJ provides a chance to network with like-minded individuals, industry professionals, and potential collaborators. The friendships formed during GGJ can lead to future opportunities and collaborations in the dynamic field of game development.
Global Game Jam is more than just a 48-hour event; it's a global movement that celebrates the passion for game development and the joy of collaboration. Whether you're a seasoned developer or a newcomer to the world of game creation, GGJ offers a unique and inclusive space to explore, learn, and create.
So mark your calendars for January 26-28, and join the global community in unlocking your creativity at Global Game Jam Conejo Valley. It's not just a game—it's an experience.
Register here: https://ggj.hub101.org/
And the best part? It's absolutely FREE!