Have you ever thought about DESIGNING A GAME? Even if you never thought about designing a game, you are looking at this website and thinking, “I’m curious! I got this! I can totally do it!” And to add some icing to the cake, you can actually build something that has positive social impact. Oh, yeah, and there are prizes! And free food! And the event itself is free!

What the heck is a game jam?

According to Wikipedia, a game jam is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Participants are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, writers, and others in game development-related fields.

When is it?

  • October 1, 2021.  6PM – 9PM. Orientation, team registration, keynote, talking to people, etc…
  • October 2, 2021 – 9 AM through October 3, 2 PM – Game Jam
  • October 3, 2021. 2PM – 4PM. Judges and jammers evaluate games
  • October 3, 2021. 4PM – 6PM. Awards Ceremony

Where is it?

University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information
135 North Bellefield Avenue, 3rd Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

In-Person? Really?

Yes! This year’s Games4SocialImpact will be both in-person and remote. If you want to participate in person, we would love to see your masked face! If you don’t feel comfortable, you may participate remotely.

Who can participate?

Games4SocialImpact is open to any university student 18 years of age or older. You DO NOT need to be a programmer to participate – we need artists, storytellers, sociologists, psychologists, historians, political scientists, and pretty much anyone who likes games. And, of course, programmers

I don’t have a team. What do I do?

You can either find teammates at the kick-off event on Friday, October 1, or you can join our Discord server and find like-minded teammates on Discord. Here’s the link to the Games4SocialImpact Discord server: https://discord.gg/RSRRUfSBYY

Game Submissions

All games must be submitted via Games4SocialImpact DevPost site at 2pm on Sunday, October 3rd.

What Style of Game Can I Design?

You can design any style of game, including card, tabletop, live role playing (LARP), alternate reality (ARG), mobile, desktop, AR, VR, XR, and any other acronym that tickles your fancy.