Nordic Game Jam
13-16 April 2018
The first Nordic Game Jam was held in 2006.It went on to inspire the Global Game Jam, and we are still jamming! Over the years the event has grown from a classic 48 hours game jam to including two days of conference with talks, workshops, roundtables and an amazing pre-party. Everyone can join for an inspiring weekend of creating games, networking, and learning.
We love the game industry because it’s creative, open and supportive. Over the last 12 years, we have made a platform where people can meet and create games, see great talks, and make new friends. Now we want to help our participants onwards with the amazing games we see created at the game jam each year. Therefore, in 2018 we introduce an extra conference day with the goal of helping new companies and indies found great new companies, get their games to market, and not eat cup noodles for the rest of their lives.
Ticket sale open December 1st 2017
Often asked Game Jam Questions
Thursday April 12 2018
Join us on Thursday, the 12th of April at The Dubliner Downtown to celebrate and welcome jammers from all over the world!
Sign up for the Facebook event and stay updated!
Bring your NORDIC GAME JAM CONFERENCE TICKET or your NORDIC GAME JAM TICKET – and let’s party!
This year the Nordic Game Jam pre-party will be held at The Dubliner Downtown where there will be MARIOKE! And BEERS!
Friday April 13 2018
Nordic Game Jam developer conference includes talks, workshops, and a roundtable.
You can learn about the newest tools, get insight into the best game design practices and hear inspiring stories from professional speakers from all over the world.
The location for talks and workshops is the IT University of Copenhagen. At 17:15 (5:15pm) we will be moving to TAP1 for dinner, keynote, and jam kick-off!
|11:00 Door and Registration opens|
|12:00 Linnea Harrison|
STRUCTURE OF EXPERIENCE
|12:00 Jennifer Estaris|
HAPPY ACCIDENTS OF
DESIGN AND PLAYTESTING
|12:00 Sjoerd De Jong (Epic Games)
Intro to UE4 - BUILDING A STEALTH GAME
USING FREE ASSETS
|13:00 Charlene Putney|
THEME PLAYER: FINDING INSPIRATION
WHEN TIME IS TICKING
|13:00 Jesse Freeman (Amazon)
PRACTICAL GAME DESIGN DOCS
FOR INDIE DEVELOPERS
|13:45 Eduardo Ortiz Frau|
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF A SOUND DESIGNER
|13:45 Martin Pichlmair presents|
|13:45 Tomer Blushinsky
INTRO TO 2D SHADERS IN UNITY
|14:45 Jennifer Nordwall
BAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT
|15:45 Arvi Teikari|
ANECDOTES ABOUT PUZZLE DESIGN
|15:45 Lorenzo Pilia presents|
A MAZE. HYPERTALKS
|15:15 Linnea Harrison
WORLD JAM: CREATE UNIQUE WORLDS
FOR YOUR GAMES
|16:45 Robert Yang
SEX, DRUGS, AND VIDEO GAMES
|17:15 Moving to Jam location at TAP1|
|18:00 DINNER at TAP1|
|19:00 KEYNOTE at TAP1|
|20:00 NORDIC GAME JAM KICK-OFF at TAP1|
A MAZE. HYPERTALKS
For the second year in a row, we’re collaborating with A MAZE., an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. A MAZE. will bring to the Nordic Game Jam their Hyper Talks, a series of short and fun 5 minute knowledge-injections.
Ten speakers will talk about projects, experiences, failures and inspiration: Ahmed Elgoni, Alice Bowman, Caroline Fangel, Lara Keilbart, Malena Klaus, Martin Pichlmair, Mascha Camino, Nomi, Sarah Josefsen. The session is hosted by Lorenzo Pilia, the A MAZE. / Berlin programme manager, who will give away 10 tickets for the festival, taking place on April 25–29.
Friday April 13- Sunday April 15 2018
(Almost) 48 hours of amazing game jamming! In 2017 we made 148 games! We are excited to see what YOU will create this year!
|FRIDAY, April 13||SATURDAY, April 14||SUNDAY, April 15|
|9:30 - 10:30 BREAKFAST|
|10:00 YOGA with Char|
|11:00 Door and Registration opens at ITU||10:30 Public Showcase opens||13:00 TIME IS UP!!!|
|12:00 - 17:00 Talks and Workshops at ITU||12:00 - 13:00 LUNCH||13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH|
|17:15 Moving from ITU to TAP1||17:00 Public Showcase closes||17:00 Award Show|
|18:00 - 19:00 DINNER at TAP1||18:00 Goodbyes|
|19:00 Keynote, info, and group forming||19:00 Itch.io Sign up!|
|21:00 JAM KICK-OFF|
Monday April 16 2018
The Nordic Game Jam StartUp Conference is a full day focused on publishing games and building companies. It includes panels, talks, workshops, the Nordic Game Discovery Contest.
Location: IT University of Copenhagen
|09:30 Doors open|
|10:15 Philomena Schwab|
Building up your own indie studio –
From prototype to a profitable venture
|11:15 Robert Jønsson (Integra)|
10 tips from your Lawyer – Get Started in Good Order!
|11:15 Future Friends Games
Indie Games PR Workshop - What Really Matters
When Promoting Your Game
|13:00 Mathias Gredal Nørvig (SYBO)|
|13:00 Future Friends Games
Trailer Workshop - Make The Most
of Your Game's Minute in the Spotlight
|14:00 Johan Toresson |
Your first publishing deal
|14:00 Adam Telfer (Mobile Free To Play)
Making it on the AppStore:
The 3 ways you can succeed
|Petter Henriksen (Landfall Games)|
4 Signs your publisher is stealing your money
|16:00 Justin Bailey|
KEYNOTE: A Brief History
of Game and Film Financing
|17:00 NORDIC GAME DISCOVERY CONTEST|
Remember to sleep! We made a deal with Danhostel City for our jammers. The hostel is located 22 min from the location of Nordic Game Jam by bus.
Price: 195DKK per night including towels and linen.
To book a bed in one of the dorm rooms simply send an email to: Danhostel And mention the booking number: 204309
Join the family! Being a volunteer at Nordic Game Jam is a total party. You get to help facilitate the best game jam in the world by making sure everyone has a great time. On top of that, you get a free ticket, access to the volunteer lounge, and make amazing friends in the volunteer group.
We hope you want to create this wonderful jam with us!
Sign up has closed for NGJ 2018.
Dajana is Co CEO and Bizdev at NapNok Games (formerly KnapNok Games), an award-winning console games studio with a mission to create groundbreaking local/ social multiplayer experiences driven by novel interfaces and new technologies. The studio is known for the award-winning exclusive WiiU titles Spin the Bottle: Bumpie’s Party and Affordable Space Adventures.
Beyond this, as a co-founder of the Copenhagen Games Collective and one of the founders of the worldwide Game Jam movement, she remains committed to helping to build the indie community.
Gorm Lai is an experienced programmer, indie game developer, and community enthusiast. He is the co-founder of the Nordic Game Jam & the Global Game Jam, and recently received IndieCade’s Decade of Impact Award. Gorm is currently living in Leeds, England, where runs his game development company, Kotori Studios Ltd.
Miguel Sicart is an Associate Professor at the IT University of Copenhagen, where he teachers play and game design. He is the author of Play Matters (The MIT Press, 2014), and first attended NGJ in 2007.
Organizer Team 2018