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Global Game Jam Austin 2020

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HOFT Institute & University of Texas

2400 Pearl Street

Austin, TX 78705

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Global Game Jam Registration

IMPORTANT NOTE: All jammers are required to register on the official Global Game Jam site. This registration will be open up until the day of the jam. OFFICIAL SIGN UP IS HERE!

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What is Global Game Jam?

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

Entering Games

All games need be uploaded to the GGJ server before the jam is complete. All content needs to be on our server by 5 PM local time Sunday. Sharing and showing your work is a core GGJ philosophy, so we ask that not only game executables be uploaded, but also source code, assets, makefiles, and anything else needed to compile your game.

Location

This year the HOFT Institute & The University of Texas at Austin will both be providing their locations for the Austin Global Game Jam.

Students of the University of Texas as well as any other participants are welcome to join up on campus at the Gates Dell Complex (GDC) [2317 SPEEDWAY] and make use of some of the facilities and resources there.

HOFT Institute [2400 Pearl St] will be available for those who'd prefer to stay off-campus as well as for those jamming late into the night.

IMPORTANT NOTE: More info will follow regarding the kickoff & keynote location on UT Campus, so be sure to check back for more details.

Parking

There is some parking available at HOFT, and street parking nearby. University of Texas parking is dependent on the guidelines and policies for parking on campus.

Food:

Both UT & HOFT Institute are surrounded by many stores and restaurants that provide a variety of food and drink. There are also many services that will deliver food to both locations. A list of convenient locations & services will be shared with jammers on the first day of the jam.

Take the time to enjoy a meal with your team outside of the jam space you are working in. Go outside. Take a walk. Give yourself a breath of fresh air as you go to grab a bite to eat. Your body and mind will be better for it, and in turn, your games will be better for it.

Some limited meals will be provided, complimentary, throughout the weekend. These are there to supplement our need for sustenance but not a replacement for proper nutrition. Jammers are expected to prepare and take care of their own dietary requirements. Some meals such as breakfast bagels, or a pizza dinner will be available to jammers in either location and will be announced through our schedule ahead of the jam once sponsored are locked. Some snacks and refreshments will be available as well throughout the weekend.

All food will be served on a "first come, first serve" basis. Some gluten free and vegan options may be provided, but aren't guaranteed for all meals.

Equipment

We will not be able to provide computers or other equipment for jammers. If you are unable to bring your own device, please let us know and we'll see what we can do to help.

Basic Schedule

Each Global Game Jam 2020 location starts at 5 PM local time on Friday the 31st. It ends at 5 PM local time on Sunday afternoon. Most jams end on Sunday with presentations or play sessions where teams take turns showing the games they created. Actual development time for jammers is generally less than 48 hours but the whole GGJ20 experience spans the entire time.

Our Schedule: TBA - STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS

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