Game Jam for Learning Event as iCalendar

25 January 2019 - 27 January 2019


Venue: Epsom Campus

Location: 74 Epsom Avenue, Auckland

Cost: FREE

Website: Register by Friday 18 January



Are you a practising teacher interested in games?


Come join us for 48 hours' free learning about and making your own paper-based game for learning.


Along the way, you’ll be supported by workshops on game design, prototyping, and how to use game design as a process with your own students.

The Faculty of Education and Social Work is hosting a free Game Jam for Learning event to kick off 2019! Come join us for 48 hours of learning about and making your own paper-based game for learning.

The event starts at 6-8pm Friday 25 January, then continues throughout the day on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 January.

What is a Game Jam?

At a Game Jam, participants come together to make games around a theme announced at the start of the jam. Each participant works alone or in a small team to rapidly create a complete game project over a short time. Since it’s a such a short time, the games tend to be quite innovative and experimental.

So what’s a Game Jam for Learning?

In our case, you’ll be making a game that has an educational outcome. You’ll cater it to your teaching context, and learn enough about game design to use it as a process with your own students.

How does it work?

Everyone meets at the event location on Friday for a launch at 6:00pm. At that time, the organisers will welcome you and you’ll get a crash-course in game design for the context of this game jam. Teams will form, and will have until 3:00 PM on Sunday to create their game.


Games at this event will be paper-based, making this a type of game jam affectionately called a “Paper Jam.” This means the focus is on in-person card games, board games, storytelling games, field games, or any other game you play with physical materials. We are not creating digital games at this event.

Finished and unfinished games are presented in a showcase event, with local judging for superlative prizes. Any digital files used to create the games will be made available for sharing to attendees after the event.

Who can participate?

This game jam is intended for anyone oriented towards education. Experienced game design professionals may be interested, as will practising and student teachers. You can, but do not have to, form teams ahead of time to participate, as teams will be formed at the launch event.

What will the University of Auckland provide?

The University will make workspace available for participants all weekend, as well as stationary and crafting materials, listed below, for game prototypes. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your own computer to create files for black and white printing.

The idea is that we want to see what people can create within the event timeline, so sloppy art and handwritten prototypes will be common.

We will provide:

  • Paper, pens, pencils and whiteboards, various craft materials

  • Black and white laser printing (A4 only)

  • Plenty of break-out meeting spaces

  • Wi-fi access

  • Coffee, tea & snacks

  • Pizza, for the ending showcase event on Sunday

  • Access to kitchen facilities

  • Free parking on campus

What do I need to bring?

  • Additional writing materials and craft supplies (optional)

  • Laptop computer and charger, to take notes during workshops or make digital files to print

  • Your own meals or money to buy some from the shops in Mt. Eden village just down the road

How do I get involved?

  1. Be sure to mark 25 - 27 January, 2019, on your calendar.

  2. Sign up and register for the Game Jam event here

  3. Show up before the event launch at University of Auckland’s Epsom Campus between 5-6 pm. Room details to follow.

  4. Have fun and plan to work through Sunday late afternoon (showcase and event wrap up to 8pm Sunday)