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Starting January 24 2014, 04:00 PM
Ending January 26 2014, 04:00 PM

DC Global Game Jam at American University

We have reached our planned capacity of 50 participants. Web registration is currently closed. Please contact Lindsay Grace at Grace [at] American [dot] edu to be added to a wait list or to request special consideration for participating in DC Global Game Jam 2014.  We may allow late registrants to participate in special circumstances. Please contact the organizers for more information. 

American University's School of Communication and the Center for Media & Social Impact invite you to join the first Washington, D.C. Global Game Jam--January 24-26, 2014.

What is a Game Jam?

As the folks at the Toronto Game Jam put it: a game jam is an around-the-clock game-making binge.  Coders, artists, musicians, designers and people who love game-making join forces to bless the world with a new computer game. They work intensely over a weekend, and share a passion for games. A game jam is also an unforgettable bonding experience.  It's a full weekend of hard work, a crazy deadline, and the kind of creative inspiration that only comes at 2:00 am. Think pizza, white boards, Mountain Dew, and "aha" moments.

Why Jam?

The same reasons musicians jam. Things are better when you work with others.  Forty people scurrying to make a great game provides the kind of energy you can only get at a jam. It’s part competition, part adrenaline-inspired creative spree.  Jams are great ways to finally get a game made, get away from your other projects, meet people with the same passions, explore new ideas, test your sleep deprivation skills, learn first hand game making, and get together with other creative people. 

For more information about the DC Global Game Jam, go to american.edu/soc/gaming

If you would like to volunteer for the American University Global Game Jam event contact grace [at] american [dot] edu (volunteers do not make games and do not pay registration fees)


*REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO JANUARY 22 or when we reach maximum capacity of 50 participants.

*Entrants must be at least 18 years old unless cleared by organizers--this information will remain private.

*Your paid registration and the support of our sponsors means you don’t have to worry about much while you are here. Snacks, beverages, opening night pizza, prizes, prototyping tools and facilities are included.  We have dining facilities and coffee shops open to the public and restaurants within a quick walk.  We will have several spaces reserved only for game jam participants for the weekend.

Event Location

American University
School of Communication
McKinley Building
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016


Click on the Map link to see the location of the McKinley Building on campus.


The registration deadline for this event has passed.