Dear Hong Kong Game Jammer,
You have registered to Hong Kong’s fifth Global Game Jam event! Welcome back if you have joined us in the past! The event is organized by PolyU Design in collaboration with Cyberport.
We have recently updated participant checklist on our blog, please see it here http://ggjhongkong.blogspot.hk/p/what-to-bring.html. If you google for 'game jam tips' you can find more good advice. In case you have questions regarding any of the points, do not hesitate to contact us through [email protected].
WHERE AND WHEN?
The game jam will take place at Unit 415-418, Level 4, Core F, Cyberport 3, Cyberport, 100 Cyberport Road, Hong Kong. We will start at 6:30PM on Friday (20th) and there will be a bus to Cyberport from Admiralty exit A (Near McDonald's) at 5:15PM. Latecomers will be welcome, too, but you need to find yourself a group upon arrival. In general, it is a pity if you miss the keynotes and the introductions.
You can find the updated breakdown for the event here http://ggjhongkong.blogspot.hk/p/global-game-jam-2015.html.
WHAT WILL HAPPEN?
After the theme and diversifiers of the jam are announced, there will be time for brainstorming. Participants will then get to share their ideas and form groups based on the ideas they like the most. The main goal is to bring different expertise areas together.
We do have some generous sponsors and supporters and we appreciate their contribution a lot. This year our sponsors include: ME2ON, Playstudios Asia, GrandTech, Unity, Outblaze, LKF Labs, Blackforge, Capstone and RETRO.HK. Pro Sound Effects are the official sound effects partner courtesy of Blonde Media. Go Animate is our official Animation Partner
However, this is supposed to be a fun and relaxing event (although it will be pretty crazy and hectic, too!). So, let's gather in a collaborative spirit and be open to share our tips and comments with other groups as well. Global Game Jam is not a competition. Instead, this is a possibility to show the global community what kind of talent and potential Hong Kong has!
WHAT TO DO NOW?
We still have space for some jammers. Please tell your friends to hurry to register if they are interested. Remember, the game does not have to be a digital one - it can be a board or a card game, too!
You may wish to prepare some money as we have a VERY limited number of t-shirts that will be on sale at the event at a cost of 80hkd each.
If you are planning to stay overnight you may also want to think about bringing your own sleeping bag or blanket in order to make those long nights working on your games more comfortable.
JAM IN THE DARK
That's right, for those of you who choose to stay overnight we are having a very special event called jam in the dark. As natural light fades from the venue we will use minimal lighting to give a new and unique jamming experience. As a result we would suggest bringing along an extra source of light such as a flashlight or battery operated lamp for your table.
NOTES ON LAPTOPS AND CHARGING
As our Hong Kong site grow and grows each year we have to deal with increasing electricity demand at the jam site. In order to lighten the load on the electricity supply and be a bit more environmentally friendly we would really appreciate it if you do not keep laptops/tablets/phones etc charging constantly throughout the event and only charge them when absolutely necessary. Please consider back-up batteries instead of charge cables when you are coming to the event.
If for some reason you are not attending GGJHK this weekend, please let us know asap: [email protected]
Twitter ggjhongkong (event hash tag #ggj17)
Best wishes and looking forward to seeing you Friday!
Rhys Jones on behalf of the GGJHK 2017 organizing team,