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Global Game Jam 2019

Spend a weekend building interactive playable experiences - both digital and tabletop. You'll get support from mentors and take part in a friendly show & tell.

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Get together and create games in one weekend at Goldsmiths, University of London.

At Global Game Jam we gather game developers, designers, and interactive storytellers to build fun games over the course of the weekend focussed around a secret theme released at the start of the event.

We are here to enable you to build your ideas - whether they're tabletop games, physical computing projects, choose-your-own-adventre text games, or something more complex.

You'll have access to our new Hardware Lab as well as a new 'play' kit which contains lots of tools for prototyping tabletop games (such as cards, counters and meeples).

Whatever your skil level, Global Game Jam at Goldsmiths is accessible to you.


14:00 Arrival & registration

14:10 Welcome Talks

16:30Games Maker's Showcase

17:00Global Game Jam Keynote

18:00Theme Announcement



10:00 - 11:00Workshop - Unity Feedback Sessions. Liz Mercuri from Unity will be on hand to give feedback and suggestions on work in progress.

12:00 - 13:00Workshop - Ducks & Pants, branching narratives & Twine. Led by Raymond Vermuelen. This hands-on workshop teaches the basics of writing branching stories using the Twine platform, and serves as a primer on interactive fiction for writers of all experience levels. If you've ever wanted to learn about writing stories with multiple endings, here's your chance.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Workshop - Foundry. Representatives from the Foundry will be on hand to give a session on using their technology to bring your visual creations to life

19:00 Dinner


08:00 Breakfast

12:00 Hacking ends

13:00 Show & Tell

15:00 Event end


25-27 Jan 2019
14:00 Friday - 15:00 Sunday


St James Hatcham Building
Goldsmiths, University of London
SE14 6AD



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What is a game jam?

Game Jams are invention marathons for developers, designers, interactive storytellers and more. During the event, participants will design a game around the theme and show off their projects in a friendly show & tell at the end.

Who owns the projects?

All projects built at this event belongs completely to the teams. However, to generate the widest benefit from this event, we encourage attendees to provide Open Source licenses for the results of their work.

What should I bring?

All participants will need to bring their laptop, charger(s) and any other devices they wish to work on.

How much does it cost?

We want to make this event accessible for everyone, so there is no charge to enter. To make this possible, we need sponsorship. If you are interested in supporting, please get in touch.

Who is this event for?

Anyone! You do not need to be a student to attend this event. We will work to ensure that there is a diverse range of people, and this includes academic status.

Who is running this event?

This event is run by Hacksmiths - the student-run tech society at Goldsmiths.

Do I need a team?

You don’t need a team to take part; it’s perfectly acceptable to create a solo project. However, during the event itself, there will be opportunities to share ideas and connect with your fellow hackers to form a team. As organisers, we’ll do our best to encourage and facilitate teamwork across the weekend.

Do I have to stay overnight?

No, it is not a requisite to stay over. If you would like to stay though, we'll have a small number of airbeds available. We recommend you bring sleeping bags, pillows, and a change of clothes.

Can I start before?

While you can explore ideas before the event, you shouldn't start your project before the event itself and still enter the challenges. If you want to bring an existing project to the table, we encourage full disclosure and honesty.

What's the deal with food?

We're not providing free meals at this event, but we will have a constant and healthy flow of snacks and refreshements. All dietary requirements will be considered and catered for - please make sure you provide this information upon registering.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes, and you must agree to it before attending. You can find it here.

Can I come if I'm under 18?

Yup, you just have to tell us when grabbing a ticket. If you're under 16, you'll need a parent to accompany you. If you're 16 or 17, we'll just need to have a quick chat with your parent/guardian on the phone and a completed permission slip. We'll arrange this over email.

I have another question

Please contact us on [email protected].

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