Jam Jam Festival was bigger than ever!

Third international Jam Jam Festival 2019 gathered jam organizers from all over the world to the forests of Sappee, Finland, to network, share ideas and relax in good company. This year was the biggest Jam Jam ever with almost 80 participants!

The Seminar Day offered talks from jammers and game jam organizers from all over the world: Finland, India, Romania, UK, Poland, Estonia, USA and Denmark.

Keynote speaker Yadu Rajiv from Bangalore, India, talked about the game jamming and game development communities and in India. Jupiter Hadley, the founder of indiegamejams.com, talked about her journey trying to play and document as many indie games as she can.

The full Seminar Day schedule was as follows:

  • Keynote: Yadu Rajiv: Game Jams in India – Our Story So Far
  • Kacper Domański: Game Jams of Poland
  • Mathias Jensen: More than a Jam: Nordic Game Jam’s Evolution
  • Chris Filip: Learning to Let Go
  • Johanna Summers: 47 to 47,000 – Managing Community Events on a Global Scale
  • Sebastian Laitila: Using Service Design in Hackathons and Game Jams
  • Licia Prehn: Jamming With Blind People and Being Nice
  • Jupiter Hadley: Trying To Document All the Game Jam Games
  • Julia Rässa: Love Is Tested… and Debugged!
  • Elie Abraham: How Jamming Saved/Ruined My Life

In addition to the seminars on Saturday, the Sunday was filled with workshops that any participant could organize. The workshop themes ranged from jam stories to making pancakes to jamming an entire song.

Naturally there was also a game jam! Henri Sarasvirta hosted a 1 hour game jam in one of the cottages. The theme world tries dilation was randomly generated. A total of 11 games were made! You can find and download all of them in itch.io: https://itch.io/jam/jam-jam-1h-jam-2

Thank you for an amazing event, and see you at Jam Jam Festival 2020!

Jam Jam 7-9 June 2019

It’s soon time for the third international Jam Jam Festival! The festival is held in the beginning of June in a cozy summer cottage environment. We are expecting more than 70 visitors this year!

Jam Jam is a festival and retreat for game jam organizers and anyone interested in learning, discussing and sharing ideas on game jams. Jam Jam 2019 is organized by the Finnish Game Jam and located in the middle of a Finnish forest, on a mountain called Sappeenvuori – only around 2h car ride from Helsinki.

The event consists of a one-day seminar with talks on game jams and jam games and one day of retreat. On the seminar day visitors can attend talks by many interesting game industry speakers. We have speakers from Finland, India, UK, Poland and Romania joining the Jam Jam this year!

On the retreat day you can decide what you work on – bring your jam organizing team and work with planning or debriefing your jams or come without an agenda and talk with all other jam organizers and jam-organizers-to-be, brainstorming new jams and sharing lessons on organizing events.

The venue is on top of the mountain Sappeenvuori, surrounded by beautiful Finnish nature and the power of the midnight sun of the Northern summer. The lodgings consist of eight well-equipped cabins with saunas and hot tubs.

Registration to the event is open! We have different ticket types, you can choose whichever best suits your needs. You can join for one day or the full weekend!
Tickets are on sale in Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jam-jam-2019-tickets-56827437395

The event website is open! You can visit it here: http://www.finnishgamejam.com/jamjam
You can also follow us on social media to get the updates right away.

We are looking forward to jam jams with you!


Jam Jam Festival
7-9 June 2019
#jamjam #jamjam19
Sappee, Pälkäne
https://www.sappee.fi/fi

Scholarship to Nordic Game Jam

The Finnish Game Jam has sent Antti Koponen to the Nordic Game Jam held in Copenhagen on April 25-28 2019 as part of the FGJ’s Scholarship Program.

Koponen is studying game development at Kajaani University of Applied Sciences and is passionate about making games and jamming. He is a multifaceted developer having jammed in various roles including 3D artist, UI artist, sound designer, and game designer. He has solo jammed from home at Ludum Dares 40-43, participated at a number of jams at Kajaani University as well as Museo Game Jam and the Global Game Jam organized by FGJ. The scholarship includes a ticket to the event and a 300€ travel stipend.

The FGJ Scholarship Program was created to help Finnish jammers to travel to international game jams to promote the Finnish jamming scene, share jamming culture and promote international cooperation.

For more information on FGJ and our scholarship program visit: http://www.finnishgamejam.com/scholarships


Nordic Game Jam is an annual game jam held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over the years the event has grown from a classic 48 hours game jam to including two days of conference with talks, workshops, round tables and a pre-party. NGJ is one of the largest game jams in the world, with 900 participants as of 2016.
Website: https://www.nordicgamejam.com

Quantum Wheel Report

Quantum Wheel, a game jam about quantum technology, was held in the heart of frozen Helsinki in February 15-17. The event was first of its kind, bringing independent game developers and physicists under one roof to innovate a union of games and quantum computing.

Finnish Game Jam is no stranger to quantum theory, having organized already four Quantum Game Jams in the past. Physicists have been invited to jam since the very first event, and for a couple of years jammers have had access to Quantum Black Box, a tool developed at the University of Turku. Quantum Wheel was the first event organized in collaboration with IBM as well as the first event to provide jammers with the IBM quantum computer Q Experience.

During the weekend Allas Sea Pool was inhabited by over 50 participants who made 10 games, all utilising quantum technologies in one way or another. The theme for the jam was “noise in the wheel”. The theme was inspired by the eponymous SkyWheel, where teams spent some time jamming above the city.

One team took a step further, bringing quantum computing into physical world. They designed a card game that teaches players how to program on a quantum computer, and an actual quantum computer will also decide who wins the game.

Quantum Wheel garnered international interest as well, and Wired UK wrote an article featuring the event. You can read it here: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/quantum-game-jam-finland-helsinki

Make sure to try the games, all of them are available at Itch.io: https://itch.io/jam/quantum-wheel

Here you can read more about IBM’s Q Experience:
https://www.research.ibm.com/ibm-q/

Thank you for everyone for an amazing and unique event!

Quantum Wheel 15-17 Feb 2019

We are proud to have a new exciting jam in February 2019!

Quantum Wheel is a three day game jam at the heart of Helsinki aimed at creating games based on Quantum Physics, both for education and research.

The event continues the Quantum Game Jam series, and it is a collaboration with quantum physicists from the University of Turku, Aalto University and from IBM Zurich, who will participate in the jam. The list of participants includes also many experienced game developers and jammers from Finland and around the globe.

In this jam, the participants create games that utilize Quantum Black Box (tool developed at the University of Turku) and/or IBM quantum computer Q Experience. Otherwise the teams are free to choose their games’ directions and technologies used.

The jam will have around 50 participants and will be located at the cozy Sea Allas Pool in the center of Helsinki. Additional inspiration for the jam will be extracted from riding the SkyWheel Helsinki!

The website is open, go see it here: http://www.quantumgamejam.com/quantumwheel/

Quantum Wheel
15-17 February 2019
Allas Sea Pool / SkyWheel Helsinki
Katajanokanlaituri 2
00160 Helsinki
Finland


Allas Sea Pool is a gardenlike oasis in the heart of Helsinki with a large pool area and magnificent saunas. In addition to swimming, bathing in the saunas and good food, Allas Sea Pool offers many options for wellness. Spending a perfect day at Allas means relaxing, lingering, enjoying with all senses, both the body and the mind – in the middle of Helsinki, next to the Market square, every day of the year.
Website: https://www.allasseapool.fi/en/

SkyWheel Helsinki is an Observation Wheel is situated in Katajanokka, one of the most beautiful locations in Helsinki, right next to the market square. From 40 meters high you may see over the city, sea and surrounding islands.
Website: http://www.skywheel.fi/en/

#FGJ19 Report

Another FGJ wrapped up, thank you everyone!

Global Game Jam weekend has come and gone and we are one jam experience richer. 48 hours is a short time to develop a game from scratch, and every year we are amazed at what the jammers are able to do within such a limited timeframe!

This year in Finland we had a total of 884 jammers who developed 218 games. You can find all the games on the Global Game Jam page: 
https://globalgamejam.org/2019/games?title=&country=FI

On a global scale there were in total 47 000 jammers who made 9000 games at 860 sites in 113 countries, which makes this Global Game Jam the biggest game jam ever held! 10 new countries joined the fun, as sites were set up in Azerbaijan, Iraq, Sri Lanka, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Myanmar, Namibia, and Rwanda.

The global theme for GGJ19 was “what home means to you”, and jammers incorporated it in their games in countless different ways: there was homesickness, homelessness and house parties, to name a few.

We were lucky to have amazing national and local sponsors this year as well. We want to extend a big thank you to all sponsors one more time, we couldn’t have made #FGJ19 this awesome without them

The national gold sponsor was Supercell.

The national silver sponsor was Veikkaus Game Studio.

Thank you again everyone who attended or followed the action through our streams and social media, it was a blast of a weekend!

See you at the next jam!

 

#FGJ19 starts soon!

It’s almost time to jam! Global Game Jam starts on Friday, January 25th, 2019. We have 26 #FGJ19 locations in total, 25 of them in Finland and one in Phuket, Thailand!

You can follow the event on Finnish Game Jam’s social media: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Keep an eye on the hashtag #FGJ19! In addition there will be a Twitch stream running throughout the event.

We are also happy to tell you that the official website of #FGJ19 is now live! There you can find updates throughout the event and location info. Go for a visit:
http://www.finnishgamejam.com/2019/

We have also prepared a press release, read it in full here (in Finnish only):
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KrRjMGfaJ07ZmgsIEFoP25IyoCqEYnBQ-rSTzBS1i8s/edit?usp=sharing

Let’s jam!

Register to #FGJ19!

Finnish Game Jam, as part of Global Game Jam, is the big event we’ve all been waiting for! Global Game Jam happens all around the world during the weekend of 25-27 January 2019, and in Finland there are many jamming locations to choose from.

With only a couple of weeks to go there’s still plenty of time to join the fun! Registrations to the Finnish events is done in Eventbrite.

Here you can find a list of all locations in Finland: http://finnishgamejam.eventbrite.com

Registration is open until January 23rd 11:59 PM. At the moment there are 21 public #FGJ19 locations in 15 cities.

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Finnish Game Jam has been awarded with Suomi Award 2018

Finnish Game Jam has received a prestige art award in Finland. Suomi-palkinto (Finland Award) is an annual arts and culture recognition and was granted by our Minister for European Affairs, Culture and Sports, Sampo Terho. Suomi-palkinto has been awarded annually since 1993 and it can be granted as a recognition of an impactful career, remarkable achievement or promising initiative within the field of arts and culture.

Finnish Game Jam organization is in great company. Six other artists and groups were also awarded: legendary musician Remu Aaltonen, Alt Arkkitehdit, author and translator Jyrki Kiiskinen, Koko Jazz Club, creative director Paola Suhonen and movie director Selma Vilhunen.

“We have a lot of talent in Finland. Some of them work in groups, but many work alone. More and more of them have also gained international reputation. Creativity is born from individuals, which can be supported by the community and the surrounding society”, explains Minister Sampo Terho.

“This year we have wanted to honor remarkable artistic expertise with the Finland Award. Artists, who have been impacting the Finnish art scene for a long time. On the other hand, we have also wanted to recognize the new trends in the Finnish art and culture”, continues Terho.

Finnish Game Jam was recognized for our impact to the Finnish game making communities and as a unique organization also within the international landscape.

Finnish Game Jam would like to congratulate all the awarded artists and communities and thank everyone participating, collaborating and supporting our events!

Source: https://minedu.fi/artikkeli/-/asset_publisher/taiteentekijoille-suomi-palkintoja

Finnish Game Jam 2019 (Global Game Jam)

As 2019 draws closer so does the main event of the year: Finnish Game Jam!

It is again time to get jamming with the rest of the planet. Finnish Game Jam 2019 is organized as part of the Global Game Jam that will be held throughout the entire world at the same time. Naturally Finland will participate, now for the 10th time!

We currently have 8 public locations confirmed in Finland: Helsinki, Turku, Vaasa, Kymenlaakso, Kajaani, Ylivieska, Kuopio and Turku. If your area is missing a site here is your chance to organize one yourself! Site applications can be made through Global Game Jam’s website. Site application is open until January 10th, but we recommend you act fast to be able to prepare for the jam.

If you have questions about organizing a site or need help feel free to contact us.

More info will follow throughout December!

Finnish Game Jam (Global Game Jam)
25-27 January 2019