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We are excited to feature artist and activist Amelia Winger-Bearskin as speaker at the opening ceremony of the 2021 Gator Game Jam. 

Amelia is a frequent participant in the NYU Game Center Game Jams and has been featured at Games for Change (G4C) as one of the game creators and innovators to drive real-world change, using games and immersive media that help people learn, improve their communities, and contribute to making the world a better place. She is artist who innovates with artificial intelligence in ways that make a positive impact on our community and the environment. She was recently appointed as a Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Chair and Associate Professor of Artificial Intelligence and the Arts, at the Digital Worlds Institute at the University of Florida. She is the inventor of Honor Native Sky, a project for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture: Honor Native Land Initiative. She founded Wampum.Codes which is both an award-winning podcast and an ethical framework for software development based on indigenous values of co-creation. Wampum.codes was awarded a Mozilla Fellowship embedded at the MIT Co-Creation Studio from 2019-2020. She continued her research in 2021 at Stanford University as their artist and technologist in residence made possible by the Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in Honor of Roberta Bowman Denning.  

 

For more background 

https://www.studioamelia.com/ 

Gator Game Jam  2021

The Digital Worlds Institute, the Department of Engineering Education, the Department of Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), and the Computer Engineering program (CpE) are thrilled to host the third annual Gator Game Jam on campus and online this summer!

In this hackathon-style event, teams will assemble an entire game in the course of 45 hours. The Gator Game Jam focuses on the art, design, and development of games. Registration is open to all UF students.

Anti-racism, Diversity, and Inclusion

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July 23rd - July 25th, University of Florida

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Agenda

5:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Check-In & Pizza

  • Digital Worlds Institute 

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

  • Digital Worlds Institute & Twitch

7:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Teams Created

  • Digital Worlds Institute

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8:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Work on your Games

  • Digital Worlds Institute

  • Herbert Wertheim Building

Friday, July 23
DAY 1
Saturday, July 24
DAY 2

ALL DAY

Work on your Games

  • Digital Worlds Institute

  • Herbert Wertheim Building

Sunday, July 25
DAY 3

12:01 AM to 11:00 AM

Work on your Games

  • Digital Worlds Institute

  • Herbert Wertheim Building

11:00 AM

Finish Line

  • Content lock and game builds should be playable

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

Game Play Session

  • Herbert Wertheim Building

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Awards Ceremony

  • Herbert Wertheim Building

 

Sponsors

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Who can participate?

  • Current UF students, campus or online, and teams can be a hybrid of both. 

  • You can indicate any development preferences; programming, design, art, story, or no preference.

How do the teams work?

  • You do NOT need to have a team already before the event starts; we will be forming teams with all the solo jammers on Friday, July 26, after the opening ceremony.

  • Before the event, searching for team members is as easy as visiting our #looking-for-team channel on the Gator Game Jam chat.

  • Team members can be campus, online-only, or a hybrid of both – jam where you can!

What is the theme?

  • Video games can represent all the people in our diverse communities. But not all games give full acknowledgment and representation of people with different physical and mental abilities, ethnic backgrounds, social origins, sexual orientations, and genders.

  • For Gator Game Jam 2021, we want to change this paradigm. We will create games with characters, stories, environments, and experiences that transcend stereotypical scenarios and promote anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion through the powerful medium of game design.

  • With this theme as a beacon, diverse teams are encouraged to utilize the Game Jam as a platform to craft innovative and impactful digital experiences that transcend racism and social injustice. And to have a lot of fun in the process!

Are there prizes?

  • Yes! There are awards for three categories – Most Innovative, Masterful Code, and the grand prize ‘Gator Game Jam Hall of Fame’ award.

  • Prizes include framed award certificates along with other goodies (TBD soon).

Wait, Hall of Fame grand prize?

  • The best game of the jam will be awarded the Gator Game Jam Hall of Fame 2021 winner and will join past and future grand prize awardees in the Digital Hall of Fame where they will reside for future students, jam teams, and alumni to enjoy in digital persistence.

 

Registration

Welcome to the Gator Game Jam 2021 registration! Please fill in your details below to apply for a spot at the event on July 23 - 25 2021. At this time, we are limiting registration to current students at the University of Florida.

Each person should be entered only ONCE on the registration - either as part of a team or as an individual. For those who apply as individuals, we will have time to form teams at the event, so don't worry if you don't have a team yet!