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Open Jam Aotearoa is a 48 hour game jam*. Turn up with your own device, hang out with cool peeps, and make an awesome game – even if you have never made a game before but love the idea!

There will be enough power points and WiFi available and we will provide snacks (and soup!) each day. We will have a networked harddrive on-site for participants to openly share assets created during the jam. We'd love to see some weird cross-pollination of game art/ code/ audio/ etc. between games.

It will be $20 cash on the Friday to participate in the jam (the money will all go to food and paying the poster designer).

We as organizers are dedicated to making the jam inclusive of beginners who haven't created a game before and will be pottering about the jam helping with any tech/ audio/ art/ etc. quandaries that you might have :)) You can come along with a pre-made team or we will be happy to facilitate team creation during the event. Also, we're happy for solo content creators to come along to contribute assets to muliple games at once (this often works super well for audio peeps with specialised skills in sound design/ implementation/ composition).


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*A game jam is a hackathon for video games. It is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, in our case 48 hours. Open Jam Aotearoa aims to stretch the classical definition of video game development towards more artistic and experimental outputs. Addressing a prevalent lack of diversity in the game industry we plan to create an inclusive environment, inviting participants like artists, designers, musicians, storytellers that don't necessarily consider themselves programmers, developers or gamers. On Friday evening we will announce the theme of the jam and participants can spend as much time as they want during the opening hours to work on their game(s), either in a group or by themselves, if they prefer.


College of Creative Arts
Massey University, Wellington
Wallace st. (Entrance C), Mt. Cook


Fri Mar 9, 6 PM – Sun Mar 11, 8 PM



  • 6.00 PM – Doors open
  • 6.30 PM – Theme announcement & Jam Kickoff
  • 1.00 AM (Saturday) – Vacating the premises – have a good night's sleep


  • 8.00 AM – Doors re-open
  • 1.00 AM (Sunday) – Vacating the premises – have a good night's sleep


  • 8.00 AM – Doors re-open
  • 6.30 PM – Jam ends
  • 7.00 PM – Gameplay
  • 8.00 PM – Prizes & Wrap-Up



The Open Jam Aotearoa Team are Chris Wratt (noise maker), Tristan Bunn (anchor point clicker) and Birgit Bachler (fax machine jammer). The idea to create an event like Open Jam Aotearoa was born one night at the artist-run venue Pyramid Club during Chris' workshop on "Boring Video Games". Chris and Birgit dreamed of an event that weaves the diversity of the local experimental arts, design and music scene together with the game community, and we are excited to make this dream come true during this weekend in March.


Open Jam Aotearoa aims to be an open event for participants from all backgrounds and skill levels who are keen to spend a weekend together with like-minded creative people to develop games. We are especially inviting people who do not consider themselves traditional game developers and who can bring new perspectives, stories and skills to the jam.

Participants do not need to be part of a team to be involved, they can attend and contribute their skills to any other project at the jam freely.

Code of Conduct

Open Jam Aotearoa is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of participants in any form. Anyone violation of these rules will be expelled from the jam without a refund at the discretion of the organisers.

Be‭ ‬mindful‭ ‬of‭ ‬your‭ ‬surroundings‭ ‬and‭ ‬of‭ ‬your‭ ‬fellow‭ ‬participants.‭ ‬Alert‭ ‬organizers immediately‭ ‬if‭ ‬you‭ ‬notice‭ ‬a‭ ‬dangerous‭ ‬situation,‭ ‬someone‭ ‬in‭ ‬distress,‭ ‬or‭ ‬violations‭ ‬of‭ ‬this‭ ‬Code‭ ‬of‭ ‬Conduct,‭ ‬even‭ ‬if‭ ‬they‭ ‬seem‭ ‬ inconsequential.

If‭ ‬you‭ ‬feel‭ ‬you‭ ‬have‭ ‬been‭ ‬falsely‭ ‬or‭ ‬unfairly‭ ‬accused‭ ‬of‭ ‬violating‭ ‬this‭ ‬ Code‭ ‬of‭ ‬Conduct,‭ ‬you‭ ‬should‭ ‬notify‭ the organizers ‬with‭ ‬a‭ ‬concise‭ ‬ description‭ ‬of‭ ‬your‭ ‬grievance.‭ ‬

Open Jam Aotearoa, 2018 | openjamaotearoa@gmail.com
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