Finnish Game Jam’s fourth scholarship is for the legendary Train Jam, as was our very first scholarship a year ago. This time we received a record-breaking number of applications, and with many excellent candidates the selection process was especially hard.
Miikka Harjuntausta was selected with the vast experience of over 20 game jams, including every Global Game Jam since the first Finnish Game Jam in 2010. We proudly send Miikka to the Train Jam to represent the Finnish jamming scene, and are looking forward to hear from his experiences! Miikka shared his feelings before the trip:
This is huge!
I’ve been participating in different game jams ever since FGJ crew has been organising them. To me game jams are about community, good times, bad times, stress, challenge, inspiration and growth.
Game jam can be a tool to prototype new idea/concept with freedom of failure. It can be a time to learn something new, or it can be about meeting people.
It can be so many things!
I am immensely grateful that there are people who keep organising these events, and that I’ve been given this opportunity to participate in one of the most interesting jams in the world. I am happy, exited and terrified.
Thank you FGJ! Thank you Finnish Game Dev Community!
Finnish Game Jam ry organizes the annual jam organizer get together, Jam Jam, at the Sappee ski resort during June 30th – July 2nd 2017. This year we invite all the organizers around the world to join us!
If you are a jam organizer, would like to organize your own jam or join a team: we would love to see you at Jam Jam 2017! #FGJ18 details will be put together at Jam Jam among other game jam planning. You can also come and plan your own jam with us! Even more important, we need to chill and chat about the jamtastic world – create new ideas, share thoughts, learn from other organizers – join our forces.
Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the registration! Hope to see lots of organizers and organizers-to-be next summer!
The Finnish Game Jam Awards will be held on April 26, 2017 at Steam Hellsinki and on Twitch.tv/finnishgamejam. The FGJ Awards is about celebrating Finnish jamming and giving recognition for creativity and the courage to stand out from the crowd.
You are all invited! Keep tuned for the registration and details!
The main game jam event of the year is approaching! Global Game Jam is arranged on 20-22.1.2017 co-located with Finnish Game Jam 2017. Finland is participating with multiple locations all over the country!
Find the best location for you and register on Eventbrite! Follow our #FGJ17 event page for more detailed information and updates.
The third annual Quantum Game Jam will be organized on November 25-27. Quantum Game Jam brings together scientists and game makers to create games that help solve scientific problems and teach intuition of quantum phenomena. This year the main site will be at the Centre for Quantum Engineering (Otaniemi, Finland), but there are will be satellite sites around the globe for you to choose from or you can even organize your own satellite site. You can register to the main site or as an online jammer through this link.
In order to participate, you don’t need to be a professional game developer or a quantum scientist. All skills are needed from programming to drawing, from thinking quantum to making coffee. Game jamming is a constant learning process for beginners and pros alike, so come and learn together with others!
See more information from the Quantum Game Jam 2016 site.
Finnish Game Jam selected Panu Akrenius to receive a scholarship to join the InnoGames Jam at the gamescom and represent the Finnish jamming scene. Panu traveled to Cologne, Germany to jam among the 180 participants from 27 countries, and has now returned from the inspiring journey and shares his experiences in this report.
Jamming in Gamescom: The epic mix of work and fun
A very big Thanks to Finnish Game Jam and InnoGames for inviting me to a game jam in Cologne, Germany. I visited Gamescom two years ago, and I thought it was the best thing ever. Now I also had a chance to make games in there. The scholarship meant that basically my flights, accommodation and the ticket to Gamescom would be free. It’s difficult to think of anything as awesome as this.
As the third scholarship in Finnish Game Jam’s scholarship program, we awarded a ticket for InnoGames Jam in Germany. In addition to the ticket, Finnish Game Jam will cover up to 500 euros of the jammer’s travel expenses. This scholarship will take the jammer to the first major game jam arranged at the gamescom trade fair. Selected projects of the jam will have an opportunity to showcase their jam game at the world’s largest game convention.
We selected Panu Akrenius from several great applications. Panu has created music and sound design for several jam games, but is a versatile jammer and can take various roles. Panu sends his regards and describes his expectations: “Like most of the creative processes, I expect that the upcoming jam session is going to be about inspiration and discouragement, hope and despair, humans and zombies, awesome ideas that are a nightmare to implement, and so on. But in the end, it’s hopefully going to be an experience that leaves a positive sense of accomplishment, and a handful of new acquaintances.”
Have a great jam at the InnoGames Jam, Panu! We are looking forward to hear the experiences and lessons learnt from this jam!
Finnish Game Jam awarded a scholarship for one jammer to join the Castle Game Jam 2016. We selected Henri Sarasvirta to represent the Finnish game jamming scene on the week-long game jam happening inside a castle in Sweden. Henri enjoyed the journey and shares his experiences with us in his travel report. If you are interested in the Finnish Game Jam scholarship program, you can now apply for the scholarship for InnoGames Jam 2016.
Week in a castle
Back in 2015 Newnorth technologies had this crazy kickstarter project of doing a game jam in an actual castle. I hadn’t noticed the kickstarter in time, but luckily for me Finnish Game Jam association had an extra ticket for their scholarship. Big thanks for letting me be the one to get to jam in a castle! The jam differs from usual jams not only by its location but also by the length of the event. Jam started on Sunday with a pre-party and continued with lectures and group forming on Monday. From that point on it was jamming until Saturday morning. Continue reading
Finnish Game Jam ry is proud to announce our third jam scholarship! This time we are going to send one jammer to Germany to the first ever game jam organized at the Gamescom! InnoGames Jam is a three-day game jam in Germany organized on August 17th-19th 2016. The best projects of the jam will have an opportunity to showcase their jam game at the world’s largest game convention.
Finnish Game Jam organization is awarding a ticket to the InnoGames Jam and a 500€ travel aid to a prominent jammer willing to represent Finnish game jamming scene and bringing back the lessons learned to the community. The candidate for the scholarship is selected based on the applications sent prior to Monday 1st of August 2016 16:00 (GMT +3). Apply now!
InnoGames Jam is organized by InnoGames.com, independent from Finnish Game Jam organization. Finnish Game Jam Scholarship Program is founded to improve the mobility of the Finnish jammers and further enhance the international collaboration of the global jamming scene.
What would Assembly be without rapid game development? Finnish Game Jam brings jamming to Assembly once again! ASM Game Jam is a lot like other game jams with an Assembly twist. This year ASM Game Jam is collaborating with FIVR, so we expect to see a lot of VR games – but you can always choose your own platform and technology.
You can participate by buying the special ASM Game Jammer ticket from Eventbrite or by purchasing a normal ticket directly from Assembly. The ASM Game Jammer ticket will include a computer place and all the normal access on Assembly area. If you already bought a ticket but would like to move to the jammer area please contact email@example.com. You can jam wherever you want during the Assembly Summer weekend as long as you are at the Assembly area.
Join our Facebook event page to get all the updates to the jam. If you have any further questions on ASM Game Jam 2016, please contact the main organizer: firstname.lastname@example.org