Welcome to The 'Foundry' + The 'Works' @UWEBristol
Possibly one of the best/ largest FREE jam sites in the UK! (possibly).
UPDATE: RockStar North are giving talks+Q&A at the launch of our site.
We have pushed our talks back so 9-5 employee-jammers can make the keynote + Rockstar Q&A (TBC).
Please keep an eye on the schedule for updates.
Location / Parking
By bus: Walk up the short, steep path into UWE, in the middle of the bus rank. Walk through 3 sets of double doors and go up the stairs between the Foundry + Barber shop to the Works on arrival.
By car: Pickup and drop-off is possible in a dedicated bay, just after the main bus rank, but free parking is possible in the UWE ECC, just a short walk away. If you have hardware, suggest drop off, as Foundry / Works is only 100M from the bus rank.
3pm onwards - Earlybirds can arrive at 'The Works' (above Foundry), or grab a coffee from Core24 (the cafe just around the corner from the Works).
4:30pm - Make your way to 2D67 Lecture theatre (through library) - don't worry if you don't know where this is, we will "round up" from the library at 4:30.l
5pm - Welcome Presentations & rRockstar Talks + GGJ Keynote - 2D67 Lecture Theatre
6pm - Team-building, Registration & Networking (+ perks) Outside 2D67
6.30pm - #GAMEDEV COMMENCES Foundry + Works spaces + Overflow
6pm - GIANT PIZZA DELIVERY (+Vegeterian Option)
3pm - Upload game to GGJ & chill
4pm - Upload game to GGJ
5pm - Upload ga
6pm - Gameplay demos + awards in 2D67
Hardware & Software
Most people prefer to BYOD (bring their own device), laptop or even desktop, but we also have some guest accounts so visitors will be able to use 40+ curriculum PCs in the games lab, as well as additional 30 machines in the Works (Unity, .net, Adobe etc.)
If you want something to plug in to, rather than haul a monitor in, we also have (SOME) large displays & projectors for use. Currently 3 x 55"4k displays in the Foundry, as well as 10x 32" 1080p "floating" displays for use.
NB: As (currently) the largest UK jam site, there may be high demand for some of these items, so if you need something specific give Andy an email and he can advise as to available resources.
Food & Drink
As this is a FREE event, we only provide a huge delivery of Pizza on Saturday night, but we will also provide drinking fountains and plenty of Fruit to compensate for this and any sugary perks that may turn up at the kick-off of the event!
There are also a range of shops, cafes and the student union on site, with major supermarkets and retail parks with fast food (and healthy alternatives) within walking distance.
There is a research project observing the event in the Foundry again this year, following the journey of year three students through a game jam. This research will not be taking place anywhere else, and will not disrupt the flow of the event for anyone, or feature anyone that has not been contact before the event who has given consent in advance.
We think this year *could* be our biggest yet (fingers crossed!) and as a result we are giving a couple of students the chance to cover the event for posterity(!) If you do not wish to be in this, you can let us know through the registration process or in person.
It's healthy to take breaks. We reserve a couple of rooms for chilling out, or even grabbing 40 winks, so bring a pillow or something if you are not heading home for the night!
*More details to follow.
GameJam and hackathon events in the Foundry supported by @UWEBristol @UWEGames & the Institute of Coding