2021 ICT Game Jam - July 30-August 1 at Butler Community College

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715 East 13th Street

Andover, KS 67002

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Wichita's biggest game dev event is back for 2021!!!

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Wichita's biggest game dev event is back.  Artists, developers, and creators of all kinds are invited!  Bring a team, join a team, or fly solo!

For more details, visit ictgamejam.com and follow ICT Game Jam on Twitter.

But here's the gist:

  • Participants hang out Friday evening through lunchtime Sunday, make games.  Hone your skills or learn some new ones!  Hint: everyone is learning!
  • Winners announced at 4:30pm on Sunday.

If you have questions, send us a message at ictgamejam@devict.org

FAQs

Do I need to know how to make games to sign up?

No!  We've had plenty of people sign up and spend the weekend making their first game at previous events.

Is this a class?  Will you teach me to make games?

This is not a class, or an instructor-led workshop. 

We will, however have many knowledgeable people in our community willing to answer questions.  They won't be able to help you step-by-step, but they can help you find resources, and set some good goals to aim for given your level of experience. 

If you're willing to learn as much as you can on your own, and are willing to ask questions, you'll do just fine!

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minors can attend.  Participants under 15 must be accompanied by an attending adult.  Attendees between 15 and 17 must abide by regional curfew laws.  We will have a waiver for guardians to sign for each minor participant.

 

What are my parking options for the event?

The event will be at Butler campus in Andover.  There will be ample parking.

 

What can I bring into the event?

You must bring your own computer. There will be desk space and power for Desktops and Monitors, so feel free to haul in your fancy gaming rig if you want to.

Your computer must be able to use WiFi, there is no wired Ethernet connectivity. If you are using a desktop we suggest grabbing a USB WiFi dongle and testing it before you arrive.

We will provide drinks and snacks throughout the weekend, but you're welcome to bring your own too.

What meals are provided?

We provide three (3) meals:

  • Lunch on Saturday
  • Dinner on Saturday
  • Lunch on Sunday

We also provide snacks and soft drinks all weekend.

Note that we typically do not have coffee on site, so bring your own java.

There is NO breakfast provided, and NO meal is provided on Friday evening. You are welcome to bring in your own food as well if you need to grab a meal on the way in.

Alcohol?

No alcohol is permitted.

What is the maximum team size? 

While we recommend teams of 4 or smaller, we have had teams as large as 6.  More people than that gets really tough to manage for 3 days.  You don't need to have a team formed before the event.

We also don't recommend flying solo, but it is 100% fine to do so if you want to.

Is there a curfew?

TL;DR: Plan to leave by midnight on Friday and Saturday evenings.

The venue requires us to have a volunteer on site as long as we have participants in the building. This means that you can stay as late as you can convince one of us to stay.

Typically there is no problem staying as late as midnight. After that, please speak to us and we'll pin down a time. Remember, if we don't get to bed, nobody will be up in the morning to let you in!

What time do the doors open on Saturday and Sunday morning?

TL;DR: 7am

One of our volunteers must open the doors in the morning. We strive to be there by 7am. Again, please check with the staff as you leave to get a firm time that someone plans to arrive, sometimes they may even plan to be earlier.

We will also add updates to Slack if we are late and when the facility is open, so you can keep track in real time before you head over.

Can I work on the game ALL NIGHT LONG at home?

Yes, there is no rule against taking your work home with you during the jam duration.

Can I leave my equipment at the facility overnight on Friday and Saturday nights?

Yes, obviously the other attendees are there, but for the most part the facility is empty, and your equipment is as secure as the rest of the equipment there. The doors are locked at night.

How are prizes awarded?

As we have done the last couple of years, each team will receive a ballot to rank the games in order. These ballots will be used to determine the winners.

This means at least one person from every team needs to play every other game, so that you can rank them. This is part of the spirit of the ICT Game Jam: We play each other's games.

For the Summer 2021 Game jam the prizes amounts are:

  • 1st: $500
  • 2nd: $300
  • 3rd: $200

Do I have to attend in person to participate and win prizes?

Basically yes, but here are the details:

  • Everyone on your team needs to buy a ticket.
  • At least one person from your team needs to be on site on Friday evening to register your team.
  • Judging is done on site on Sunday afternoon, so your game needs to be on a computer on site for the other teams to play.

The spirit of this event is a local, on site, in person event. That is where the fun is at. If some of your team members are unable to attend for some reason, that isn't going to be a problem at all as long as somebody is there on Friday evening and Sunday for judging. Please just let us know that you are doing this so we know where our missing attendee is.

If nobody on your team can attend in person due to medial reasons, please contact us and we will discuss accommodations. We will help you to participate remotely, but be aware though that your experience won't be the same, and it may be difficult or impossible for your game to win prizes if you cannot be on site to demo it for judging.

What happened to community vote?

Due to the continued uncertainty of the Covid-19 risk, we are not bringing in the general public for this event.

There will be no community play and no community vote this time.

What are you doing about COVID-19?

As of July 28th, the CDC is now recommending that everyone, even vaccinated people wear masks at indoor public events.

1. No community vote: Only ticket holders and volunteers will be allowed at the event location.

2. We have a large room this time where the teams will be spread far apart.

Finally, we are following the Butler Community College guidelines.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

ictgamejam@devict.org

 

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We are a group of individuals who have a common interest in web and software development.

Our skill levels vary greatly, from complete beginners to seasoned veterans, we welcome anyone with a curiosity for programming.

We strictly enforce a Code of Conduct to provide all of our members a safe and inclusive environment.

We aim to educate, empower and connect developers in the Wichita area.

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