Game Jams have been organised for several years around the world and are perceived as a powerful instrument to stimulate innovation in the creation, development and deployment of educational games. Game Jams are events similar to hackathons focused on game development. Typically organised for 48 hours and simultaneously conducted in various locations throughout the world, Game Jams offer the possibility to develop an idea into an innovative solution. They steer a collective creative buzz in games around specific themes while at the same time offering the opportunity to explore the process of development (e.g. programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression). Indeed, this dual focus is embedded in the structure of the JamToday thematic network.
The European Game Jam Learning Hub, JamToday, aims to establish a central networking hub for the sustainable implementation and uptake of the next generation of educational games across Europe. In recent years, the Game Jam approach has been increasingly effective in bringing together the appropriate stakeholders around broad themes and challenges, though this has become rather fragmented. There is now a need to focus on establishing a sustainable learning hub for raising awareness of educational games and their use within learning environments. By bringing together key organisations from several perspectives, JamToday seeks to achieve this goal.
The Johannes Kepler University Linz will be hosting a Game Jam to the theme of 2016 "mathematics" from the 3rd to the 5th of March on Campus.
Further details can be found at http://www.jamtoday.eu/event/2865/Contact
Reinhard Koutny reinhard.koutny(/\t)jku.at