Being an Ally Game Jam

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What is the “Being an Ally” Game Jam?

The “Being an Ally” Game Jam is a collaboration between the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)’s Center for Technology and Society, ADL Education and the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE) in Oakland, California.

It will take place October 21st and 22nd from Saturday evening to Sunday evening in locations across the U.S.

Locations include:

  • Austin, TX
  • New York, NY
  • Oakland, CA

Partner organizations promoting the event include Game Jolt, Playcrafters, Games for Change and the International Game Developers Association. 

One chosen team will receive a $2,500 prize, an 8-week course in Unity or Unreal, membership in the International Game Developers Association, and be showcased at ADL’s Never is Now! summit in San Francisco on November 13, 2017. Additional prizes include a Nintendo Switch or SNES Mini.

Additional selected games created at the Game Jam will be made available for use by ADL’s network of 27 regional offices.

What is a Game Jam?

A Game Jam is a hackathon for building video games. A group of game developers gather in a room, brainstorm ideas based on a chosen theme, and rapidly prototype video game designs. Participants are asked to create a game from beginning to end in a set amount of time (in our case, 24 hours). The set window of time encourages creative thinking and results in innovative and experimental games.

Why “Being an Ally”?

In the minds of many, America has never been more divided than it is today. Now more than ever, people in communities that are targeted by bias, bullying, and hatred need people to speak out against these forces in our society and to take action. The games developed as part of this Game Jam will be a tool to help explore and illustrate what it means to be an ally -- both for the people developing the games and for the people playing and spreading the word about them afterwards.

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