North Shore Game Jam at Montserrat Jan. 20 – 22, 2017

December 15, 2016

Montserrat College of Art is proud to announce that it is hosting the 3rd Annual North Shore Game Jam in conjunction with the Global Game Jam! The 32 hour weekend event will take place starting from 5pm Friday January 20 through 7pm Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA.
Keynote: Friday, January 20, 5pm, 23 Essex Street, Beverly, 2nd Floor, Room 201

This year’s ​Game Jam Keynote speaker​ is Jordan Pailthorpe, a Product Designer and Creative Producer. Currently at The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College, an applied research and design lab, his projects range from traditional digital games to web based products and tools. Recently launched products include Emerging Citizens, a suite of digital civic skill building multiplayer games, DataBasic, a set of web tools that teach how to work with data, and MOVE, a collection of multi-modal student essays about media and migration. Jordan previously led the creative production and launch of Risk Horizon and Unlocking Health, two digital games made in collaboration with the World Bank, as well as the product development and UX design of the new Engagement Lab website. In addition to his work at the Engagement Lab, he is the Vice President of Digital Curation for the Boston Festival of Indie Games, teaches game design and production at Emerson college and Northeastern University, and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College.

Entrance Fee: None, this event is free and open to the public

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All levels of game developers are welcome, from the merely curious to the very experienced. We will be working with and encourage both analog and digital game development (video games to board games to card games etc). We welcome everyone and you don’t need to be specifically affiliated with Montserrat College of Art to participate. You don’t need to have designed a game before and you don’t need to like programming. Various assets and skills are essential like writing, art, animation, sound, and level design. Teams need a mix of people with various backgrounds and experience. You can come to the jam with your team in place or we will help you find a team to work with based on your particular skills and interests.

Global Game Jam is the premier annual game creation event that fosters the development of innovative game concepts and promotes international collaboration and teamwork. GGJ brings together thousands of game development enthusiasts participating through many local jams around the world on a single weekend. GGJ has proven itself to be an incubator for creative experiments and new start-ups. Some of the successes have included games being published and exciting collaboration opportunities for participant.