21 October 2019, 2pm - Ukie, Space Ape Games and Playmob are collaborating to deliver an environmentally conscious Green Game Jam for students across the UK.
The jam – which is taking place on the 5-6 November across the length and breadth of the country - tasks Ukie’s student game jammers with creating compelling games to raise awareness of key climate issues amongst players.
They will also have to impress a selection of judges from the industry including Gorm Lai, President and Co-founder, The Global Game Jam; Colin Hughes, Senior Principal Engineer, Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe; Nic Walker and Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, Space Ape Games; Dee Patel and Jake Pegram from Playmob.
The winning team will receive a number of excellent prizes, including: a shared £2,000 scholarship from the Rabin Ezra Scholarship Fund (Rabin Ezra worked at Criterion Software, and was one of the key minds behind Renderware, the technology that powered Burnout and also GTA III and Vice City), which provides support to post graduate students conducting research in the field of computer graphics; a week-long internship at Playmob; tickets, and the opportunity to showcase, at Games First 2020.
The jam will also be supported by environmentally conscious supporting partners. Fairtrade coffee company Underdog will be supplying brew for the jam across the UK. Fooditude will provide sustainable meals for all attendees in London, whilst Tag Games will be providing food for all attendees outside of London. And All Brandz will be creating eco-friendly awards to the winning teams.
Ukie’s bi-annual student game jam is an important point of engagement between industry and education. It draws from a pool of 3,000 students from 40 different institutions across the UK. Last year’s Ukie Student Game Jam attracted 255 students, comprising 55 separate teams.
Sarah Lemarie from the Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust said
"Since 2007, the Rabin Ezra Scholarship Trust has been offering bursaries to post-graduate students since the tragic passing of Dr Rabin Ezra 14 years ago. He was a young and highly respected successful software engineer working in the games industry, video games.
By supporting activities such as the Ukie Student Game Jam, we are able to support and encourage future generations of game developers to pursue their passion into the same fields that Rabin enjoyed and cared about so deeply.”
Lou Fawcett, Chief Operating Officer, Playmob said:
”Games have the power like no other creative medium to engage players in a fun, entertaining and emotive way. As a gaming engagement platform focused entirely on the Global Goals, we know that tackling some of the world’s biggest issues in just a 48-hour window will take a huge amount of creativity and energy, as well as a big sprinkle of magic dust and we are excited to see what the teams create.”
Deborah Mensah-Bonsu, Head of Content, Space Ape Games said:
“Every time I'm invited to judge student jams or projects I'm floored not just by their creativity, but by the willingness of the younger generations to explore new and difficult subject matter. We have yet to experience the true power of our medium to inspire, innovate and bring a voice to the successes and shortcomings of our time, so we can't wait to see what they come up with.”
Are you a Ukie Student? Find out how to enter a team here.