Welcome to The 'Foundry' @UWEBristol!
Possibly one of the best/largest FREE jam sites in the UK! (possibly).
We'll be linking images of the dedicated jam space in the Foundry & works soon, but will also be making labs available if we go north of 200 jammers!! (#Lifegoals!)
UPDATE: Industry talks to be announced soon. (Last year it was Rockstar North). ALSO We have pushed our talks back so 9-5 employee-jammers can fight off the Bristol rush-hour traffic and get to the Industry + keynotes + Q&A in time!
Please keep an eye on the schedule for updates and speakers.
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) for registration, or grab a coffee from Core24 (the cafe just around the corner from the Works).
4:30pm - After you have registered (see above), 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.
5pm - Welcome Presentations & rIndustry 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)
(Fruit water and sundries will also be available).
3pm - Upload game to GGJ & chill
4pm - Upload game to GGJ
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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. We also have a SubWay and Costa on site now as well as Starbucks in Core 24. (Subway opening hours to be confirmed).
There has been research taking place into the GGJ over the past two years. There is not any research scheduled for this jam, but see below notice about the use of video and social media.
We think this year *could* be our biggest yet (fingers crossed!) and as a result we are going to be making a short video of the event. If you do not wish to be in this, you can let us know through the registration process or in person at any time.
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! Please also bring additional clothes in case you get cold.. It is January in the UK after all..
*More details to follow.
GameJam and hackathon events in the Foundry supported by @UWEBristol @UWEGames & @IoCoding