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Global Game Jam 2017: Albany Jam-Site Info

Posted By Brian Shurtleff, Friday, December 9, 2016

Join us for the 9th annual Global Game Jam, happening in the same 48 hours all over the world!

Important information, at a glance:

When:  Friday, January 20th, through Sunday, January 22nd.
Where:  University at Albany (directions here). 
How much does it cost?
     Online registration (before January 20th at 4pm): $16
     Onsite registration: $20
     UAlbany students and IGDA Members get a $4 discount. See below for more details.

How do I sign up?
Register HERE!

Want to know more? Keep reading!

What's this game jam thing?
A game jam is a cooperative gathering of game developers to encourage experimentation and innovation – participants come together without a team, without a game idea, and are given a subject/theme to incorporate in their game while meeting new people. On Sunday, the games created that weekend are uploaded to the global site, and local games are reviewed on site.

Where is it?
UAlbany will be the host site in Albany for the 9th annual Global Game Jam, from January 20th, through Sunday, January 22nd, 2017.
Other sites around the world will run game jams with similar rules and limitations, each starting in its own time zone.

We ask everyone to get there Friday 6:00 - 6:30pm.

After some opening ceremony and a chance to meet the other jammers, the theme will be announced, you'll form teams to work on your games.
You'll work throughout the weekend, and on Sunday you will create a video of your game and then present it during the final showcase and awards ceremony at the end of the jam.

UAlbany facilities will be available the following hours of the jam:
  • Friday from 6:00pm - 12:00am
  • Saturday from 9am - 12:00am
  • Sunday 9am - 5:00pm

Directions & Parking:
The Jam will be held in the Business Administration Building at UAlbany.
For parking, use the Colonial Student Lot (the marked student section) which is free for the weekend starting 6pm on Friday.
Upon arrival, head to room# BA223 of the Business Administration Building for the start of the jam.

Provided Software:
Lab computers will be available for use. A full list of software available will be announced.
You can also bring a laptop computer, and use any software you like.

UAlbany Student Discount: 
University at Albany students qualify for a small discount. Simply select "UAlbany Student" on the form when it asks for your Registration Type and input the last 4 digits of your student ID #.

IGDA Discount: 
IGDA Members qualify for a small discount. Simply select "IGDA Member" on the form when it asks for your Registration Type and input the last 4 digits of your IGDA Membership #.


The registration fee at the door will go toward food for the duration of the Jam. More details on food will be coming soon!

What to bring:
Bring yourself. If you have a computer you want to work on, bring that. USB drives aren't a bad idea either.
NOTE: there will not be secure storage on-campus. You are responsible for securing any equipment you bring.
Minors must be accompanied by an adult.

What not to bring:
Pre-organized teams and pre-designed games. Everyone is encouraged to form teams on Friday after the theme of the game jam has been announced.

The rules of the game jam prohibit the use pre-made content (this includes program code, audio, graphics, models, etc.) unless it was publicly available at least a month prior to the game jam. The UAlbany labs will closed at night.

Intellectual Property:
All Games, Ideas, Art, Code and Concepts made during the Global Game Jam are owned by the members of that team. This includes all aspects of intellectual property, including Patents, Trademarks, Designs and Copyright. In the spirit of a game jam there are often many people helping one another. When appropriate acknowledgements will be made to those parties, all members of the team are held to standard industry practices of collaboration.
All participants of the Global Game Jam will allow their game to be archived on the Global Game Jam website in the form it was submitted at the end of the game jam on January 22nd, 2017. Participants may ask to have an update of their game posted with notice of version information.
All materials made at the Global Game Jam can be used for demonstration and lecture at conferences, schools or industry venues (example: GDC) with the expressed discretion of the Global Game Jam, the IGDA and IGDA Education SIG.
As an initiative of the IGDA, the Global Game Jam is fun and trying to keep things simple. Rule of thumb is that teams are not going to illegally exploit others' intellectual property, and that in turn, everything we create becomes part of the public domain. Participants agree that their participation in the Global Game Jam will hold no one liable for any loss or damage.

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