GA Fall Game Jam 2013 - Health Game Jam
Come be a part of one of the largest game design and development events in the United
Join us for the inaugural Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health
Game Jam and competition hosted by Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)!
The Jam lasts from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22.
A game jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing,
and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between
24 to 48 hours. Game developers are generally made up of programmers, game designers,
artists, and others in game development-related fields.
The focus of the CDC Health Game Jam is the creation of games that address large-scale
health priorities championed by CDC, such as disease prevention, outbreak investigation,
and healthy, active lifestyles. Professional game developers and health-oriented developers/investors
will judge the games; allowing teams an opportunity to put their work in front of
potential employers and mentors. The winning team will be offered a 4-week paid follow-up assignment at CDC, to learn about public health and government, and develop its game further for a
December 2013 release.
- Attendees should gather around 5:00 pm on Friday for opening ceremonies. (Arriving
later is okay, but the Jam ends at 5pm on Sunday)
- Participants must be 18 or older
- Come and go as you please; you do not need to stay at the event the entire time to
- All types of participants are welcomed! You don't have to be a college student or affiliated with SPSU to participate
- Invite friends and anyone you think might be interested in joining and contributing
- Participants can come with teams already established, but we encourage you to join
a team once you arrive so that you can meet new people. You don't have to have a team
already formed to participate
- No massive coding/programming skills needed to participate. People of all skill levels
can contribute. We need designers, programmers, artists and audio people of all capabilities
- The Jam features digital and non-digital game development tracks. Use the weekend
to develop a computer/digital game or a board game, if you'd like!
- Dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Saturday, and breakfast/lunch on Sunday
are provided. Bring extra water/drinks/snacks for yourself to ensure you stay well
hydrated and fed
- Couches and chairs (and a quiet, dark room) will be available; you are welcome to
bring pillow/blanket/sleeping bag/etc. Rest well during the event; don’t attempt to
stay awake the entire time! You will be more productive with some sleep
- Worldwide experts on health topics like viruses, obesity, safety, and more from CDC
will be made available to advise and inspire teams
- Final judging will be October 4 at the Games for Health Day at SIEGE Atlanta (Southern
Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo)
Registration is required to participate and there are a limited number of spaces for
participants, but we will allow walk-up registration if spaces are available. The
Jam will be first-come/first-served, based on date of registration. Thanks to our
generous sponsors, no admission fee is required, but YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE
to reserve a spot.
Visit http://gafallgamejam2013.eventbrite.com/ to register.
Come to J202 in the J/Atrium building between 4:00–5:00 pm on Friday, September 20,
to begin the weekend. Driving directions and a campus map are available at http://www.spsu.edu/visitspsu/campusmaps/
SPSU gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsor for the GA Fall 2013 Jam:
Games for Health Project
Games for Health Project is funded by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.
For more on Pioneer, visit http://pioneer.rwjf.org
Past Game Jam Weekends
- The 2013 Global Game Jam was in January 2013. SPSU hosted the largest site in the
US and the 4th largest in the world with ~230 participants.
- The 2012 Fall Georgia Game Jam was September 7-9, 2012; SPSU hosted and had ~250 attendees.
- The 2012 Global Game Jam was Jan 27-29, 2012; SCAD Atlanta hosted, and we had ~210
participants, making the Georgia venue the largest in the US and the 3rd largest in
- The Fall 2011 Georgia Game Jam was Sept 23-25 (Fri-Sun); we had over 110 participants
and made 18 games.
- The Global Game Jam 2011 was January 28-30, 2011. SPSU was the state-wide host site
in Georgia, and we had 150+ attendees. We were the 2nd largest site in the US and
the 8th largest site in the world!
- SPSU has also hosted fall and global game jams since 2009.