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Climate Change Game Jam 2017

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BGNlab, Grand River Hall

171 Colborne Street

Brantford, Ontario

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NOTE - Registration closes on March 16, 2017!

The Climate Change Game Jam 2017 is a gathering of students from Ontario universities and colleges to create prototypes for games that will encourage players to reduce their carbon footprint. The jam will be held at the Brantford Games Network lab (BGNlab), which is on the Wilfrid Laurier University campus in downtown Brantford, with support from the Government of Ontario.

Game prototypes will be uploaded to itch.io and will be released into the Creative Commons (Attribution license). The goal of the jam will be for all of us to work together to come up with the best ideas we can, and then to release those ideas so anyone can build upon them to help save the world! Jammers are welcome to create games of any format - mobile, PC, tabletop, or even live-action games like Escape Rooms!

Following the CCGL,12 students with game design and development skills (2 of which can be graduate students) will have the opportunity to work at the BGNlab throughout the summer of 2017 to fully develop prototypes from the ideas generated from this game jam. These will be paid positions, 20 hours a week for 12 weeks, in Brantford, Ontario. (Graduate students may apply for a 10 or 20 hour a week position). Applications for these summer positions will be taken at the Game Jam and interviews and portfolio reviews will take place during the Jam. If possible, all of the positions will be filled by students who attend the Game Jam.

The goal is that the Jam and the summer positions will bring together students from WLU, Fanshawe, Brock, and the University of Waterloo, although students from other Ontario colleges and universities in game-related programs may attend. Students may participate in the jam who do not intend to apply for the summer positions.

We will go through a brainstorming process to help students from different schools connect in work teams, although pre-formed teams are also welcome to attend the jam. There are no prizes for the "best game," as it is our goal to work together to generate the best ideas. Teams may be fluid and projects may come together during the jam.

This jam is the first opportunity for students to be involved with the BGNlab's Prototype Development Program, where we create work teams over the summer to develop games for clients. While hosted in Brantford, it is the goal of this program to provide opportunities to students from different schools, each with different skillsets. A long-term vision of this program is to develop this part of Ontario into an indie game development hub by helping connect students from different programs and build networks.

About the Summer Design jobs in Brantford

Over the Summer of 2017 from mid-May to mid-August, we will be able to hire 12 students (10 undergraduate students and 2 graduate project leaders) to develop prototypes and design documents for two games, also funded by Ontario. These positions will be 20 hours a week, with salaries of approximately $16 (undergraduates) and $22 (graduate students) per hour. The work will be concentrated on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week in Brantford, although there will be opportunities to do some work from home or swap time between weeks, as we expect most students will have some vacations planned.

FAQs

What are the hours?

The event will open with breakfast and check-in on Saturday starting at 8am, and the event will begin at 9am. We will close the BGNlab at 9pm on Saturday evening and then re-start the game jam at 9am Sunday morning. The closing ceremonies will begin at 3:30pm on Sunday.

What about food?

Three meals will be provided on Saturday and two meals on Sunday, Additionally, a reusable water bottle will be provided for each attendee.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

During the weekend, you can park in the downtown Brantford parkcade for free. Maps and directions to the BGNlab from the Parkcade can be found at http://bgnlab.ca/visiting/. The downtown Brantford bus terminal is a few blocks from the BGNlab, which has connections to Aldershot Go station.

I'm not a college student, or I can't come to Brantford. Can I still be involved?
Yes, you can! You can sign up as a remote site (which can be an individual, a family, a group of friends, a library, or a school), and we will send you links to the livestreamed and recorded briefings, other briefing materials, and the link to submit your ideas! {Note that to be eligible for the summer positions, you do need to attend the jam in Brantford, as we will be interviewing during the jam.}

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact Dr. Scott Nicholson at scott.nicholson@wlu.ca

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BGNlab, Grand River Hall

171 Colborne Street

Brantford, Ontario

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