STEMFest Game Jam

game jam
The biggest Game Jam ever in Saskatoon is coming your way this September 2015

What is a Game Jam?

A Game Jam is an event where a diverse set of participants come together and develop a video game over the span of 48 hours. That’s right, just over a single weekend! You will be surprised at what you can do with a motivated team and a short amount of time.

Participants will prototype, design and create a video game based on a secret theme that is chosen by the jury panel. The condensed 48-hour time limit and secret theme encourages creative thinking between participants with different backgrounds and skill sets. Game Jams result in small but innovative and experimental video games. Typically participants work in small teams, racing to produce a game with limited time and resources, but unlimited creativity.

Don’t stress that you might not have a finished product by the end of the weekend. Game Jams are about discovery, innovation, and creativity. Not everyone has a finished product at the end – one of your biggest takeaways is a valuable learning experience.

What does the “jam” in “Game Jam” mean?: Jam is a reference to the musical jam sessions performed by bands and artists. Not to be confused with a traffic jam or a delicious spreadable fruit jelly.

The biggest reason to join a Game Jam is to have fun. Either exploring a new gaming concept or practicing your artistic skills, you will have a blast learning and making new friends – all while developing and playing video games!

Game Jam is part of STEMFest, an international festival that brings together the world's STEM community. 

Date: September 25 - 27, 2015

Location: Computer Science labs, University of Saskatchewan

Registration: Get your tickets online today!

Who can participate?

People with all skill levels and interests are welcome to participate in the Game Jam. In past events, participants would range from programmers, students, artists, game enthusiasts, designers, and more. The formula of gathering participants with all different backgrounds to work together will result in creating something fun and innovative. For those who are interested but might not have a lot of programming experience, we will be offering game development tutorials to get your skills up to speed.


Workshops will be offered during the weeks leading up to the Game Jam to introduce participants to various game development environments. Workshop topics include either an introduction to Unity and Processing. These workshops are separate from the Game Jam weekend, and cost $10.00/workshop. Workshops are open to anyone, no programming skills necessary.

High school students are able to access workshops for free during designated dates: September 15 & 17, 2015. These workshop options are included in registration.

All workshops are held in the Computer Science labs at the University of Saskatchewan: 3rd floor Spinks building, in the teachings labs S311 & S320.


Game Jam Website