Ukie Student Game Jam Mentors – we need you!

Ukie Student Game Jam Mentors – we need you!

The Ukie Student Game Jam is returning for its third year on April 4-5 2016, as part of the new London Games Festival. The Game Jam again will see teams from Ukie’s fifteen Student institutes competing against each other to create the best game in 36 hours and win the coveted Ukie Student Game Jam trophy.

We are looking for a games industry mentor for each student team.  Mentors are there to support their team, talk through and develop their ideas, answer questions, and give tips and advice. This is a great opportunity to meet, inspire and work with the next generation of games talent and participate in the biggest Ukie Student Game Jam ever.

Check out last year’s Game Jam to see what you’re letting yourself in for

If you volunteer to become a mentor you won’t be expected to help for the entire duration of the game jam, although you must be available for the first few hours after the theme is announced on Monday morning. Mentoring can either be done onsite or remotely, via skype, phone and email etc., depending on your availability. If you’d prefer a more hands on approach, and want to visit your team, we can pair you with your closest institute and cover your travel expenses.

All participating teams will be confirmed by 11 March, so you will be paired with your Ukie Student institute after this date. We will introduce you to the course leader in advance, who will allocate you to your team and provide contact details.

All mentors will be in the running for the ‘Mentor of the Universe’ trophy, which will be decided by the students. We will ask each team a series of questions after the game jam, rating their mentor from 1-10 on a variety of areas, and gathering additional feedback. The Game Jam will be judged by a separate panel of industry judges, who will decide the winning game and award the Game Jam trophy. Last year's proud winner of 'Mentor of the Universe' was James Woody' Woodrow, from Utopian World of Sandwiches.

To become a mentor, or for further information, please contact Jenny.

The Game Jam also needs sponsors!

Games London have been confirmed as a sponsor for the game jam, which will feature as part of the new London Games Festival, a 10 day celebration of UK games, backed by the Mayor of London.

Square Enix Collective have also been confirmed as a sponsor for the game jam. Collective is a curated platform that enables creators to post ideas, and gamers to judge whether those ideas should become reality or not. If an idea is supported by the community, we may offer to support the project through crowdfunding as well, via Indiegogo or Kickstarter. Essentially, we’re trying to help small teams build awareness of their ideas, and ultimately self-publish – while retaining IP and full creative control.

If you’d like to check out our sponsorship opportunities, have a look at the document below or email Jenny.