Recruiting Scientists for Science Game Jam 2023.

October 16, 2022
Topics: science, education, game development, playing, #SGJ2023

Science Game Jam: September 10-18, 2022

Register here: Science Game Jam Sign Up

If you are a scientist and would like to serve as a game development team member for a game about your area of expertise, please register (above) and we will talk.  

The jam is 9 days or possibly 15 or 30 days, during which you and a team of volunteer programmers, artists, designers, music/sound/FX creators will work in their spare hours on a prototype game with you. 

Our plan: Recruit 10-15 scientists, choose the data that we all can commit to, and then recruit the game developers for that date. We are currently thinking March 2023, what do you think? Register and let us know! If you don't know if you qualify as a "scientist" then register and we'll talk.  


What is a science game jam?
Scientists dream of worlds too big, too small, or too complex to explain. During Science Game Jam, game developers will rise to the challenge of creating games in those worlds, in collaboration with scientists.

Science Game Jam is 9 (or 15 or 30... TBD) days of guided interaction between scientists and a team of game developers (designers, programmers, artists, writers, sound designers). Science Game Jam differs from most game jams in two ways. First, we are pairing experienced game jammers with scientists who are post doctorate level or higher. Second, the jam has a required schedule and a suggested game design process. These differences are designed to spur novel game mechanics out of natural world phenomena.  


Why is it happening?

Doing science is fun, even though learning science can be overwhelming. Games make learning fun, but game development can be overwhelming! Science Game Jam is a workshop where game developers learn how to make more exciting games about science and where scientists learn the game development process. Through games, players have learned how to eradicate a zombie horde many times over, but few have been taught how the body kills a virus. Science Game Jam is our experiment to mix these disparate elements with aims to create novel and compelling games that take place in this universe.


Where is the jam?

Science Game Jam is held entirely online through a moderated Discord server called Science Game Jam for participants. Upon completion of the jam, games will be listed on for all to play, rate, and enjoy. To ensure your game is found, use #SGJ22 when hosting it on or your preferred hosting solution. Winners will be determined by searching #SGJ22 on and sorting by highest rank.

Who’s organizing it?

The jam is being organized by the Washington, DC chapter of the International Game Developer Association (IGDA), which is composed of a diverse selection of game developers.

Contact person: Melanie Stegman, Ph.D.



Check out our Q&A here.

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