What is the York University Game Jam?

A game jam is typically a weekend-long event in which participants try to make a game from scratch. The goal of a jam is to come together and make a videogame, or a traditional game like a board game or card game.

A jam asks participants to create a game from beginning to end in a prescribed time. The brief time span is meant to help encourage creative thinking which results in small but innovative and experimental games.

York Game Jam is focused on creating games that echo and creatively address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations SDGs is a framework that calls on member countries to take urgent action in seventeen critical areas to ensure peace and prosperity for people and the planet. Read more about the UN SDGs on the United Nations website.

Event Info

Dates & Location

📅 February 23-25, 2024

Location TBA

Event Times

Jam Schedule

17:00 - 18:00Check-In and Team Formation
18:00 - 20:30Opening Ceremonies • Team Formation • Dinner
20:30Game Jam Starts
MidnightEnd of Day 1
8:00Day 2 Begins
9:00 - 10:00Breakfast
MidnightEnd of Day 2
8:00Day 3 Begins
9:00 - 10:00Breakfast
17:00Game Jam Ends
17:00 - 19:30Judging • Closing Ceremonies • Prizes


2022 Game Submissions

1st Place: Gong-Fan (Billy) Bao and Nicky Schubert


Build a City and collaborate with other players to combat Climate Change!

2nd Place: iamme100


Ever wondered what it is like in the shoes of someone else? Enter this playable interactive film and walk in the footsteps of the opposite gender.

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