UCCS to host Global Game Jam

Rhea Phaneuf, UCCS, (719) 255-3686, rphaneuf@uccs.edu Philip Denman, UCCS, (719) 255-3732, pdenman@uccs.edu

Colorado Springs, COLO. — The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will host one of the world’s largest game development programs Jan. 24 – 26.

The Global Game Jam brings together thousands of game programmers from around the world in hopes of creating the next “it” game. Participants are encouraged to think of new gaming structure or new themes that haven’t been used in games and then have 48 hours to bring their concept to reality.

According to the Global Game Jam’s website, the event will take place at hundreds of locations around the world. Last year, more than 16,700 participants logged in excess of 700,000 hours at 300 sites in 63 countries and created more than 3,000 games. Many of the games developed went on to become fully realized games.

The event is sponsored by the UCCS El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization and is free and open to anyone, 15 years and older, who can commit to a weekend of innovation and collaboration all in the name of gaming fun.

EPIIC will provide food and drinks during the event as indicated in the schedule. In the vicinity of the location vending options are available for food and drinks.

Attendees will not be required to pay for parking.

For more information about the event, visit globalgamejam.org or to register for the UCCS Global Game Jam visit http://epiic.uccs.edu/GGJ.

The complete schedule for the event follows:

Friday, Jan. 24

  • 4-5 p.m.: Check-in and Registration
  • 6 p.m.: Group Forming and Dinner
  • 8 p.m.:  Brainstorming
  • 9 p.m.: Pitching Ideas and Critique

Saturday, Jan. 25

  • 9 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 11 a.m.: Deadline to Create User Profile and Game Page
  • 1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 7 p.m.: Dinner

Sunday, Jan. 26

  • 9 a.m.: Breakfast
  • 1 p.m.: Lunch
  • 3 p.m.: Deadline for Handing in Games
  • 5 p.m.: Presentations and Recognition 

The University of Colorado’s El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization was created through an investment from El Pomar Foundation and the University of Colorado. EPIIC is located at UCCS and plays a role in the early development of new ideas, products and ventures.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The university fields 14 athletic teams, is a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and competes in NCAA Division II. UCCS offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.