Game Jam game jam: art, politics and digital games

Art Games © Goethe-Institut

Fri, 05/19/2017 -
Sun, 05/21/2017

Goethe-Institut Boston

170 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02116

Participate in a 48-hour game jam

  Become part of a worldwide game jam network!
Explore the intersection of games, arts and politics with fellow enthusiasts!
Win a trip to Germany and connect with the German and international game scene!

The Goethe-Institut Boston invites Game developers, programmers, artists, musicians, thinkers and other creatively-minded individuals to come together at ART GAMES to develop computer games in a 48 hour Game Jam on May 19-21 in Boston, MA.

The game jam is hosted by the Goethe-Institut Boston and facilitated by Maschinen-Mensch, an award-winning indie game developing studio in Berlin. All games created during the jam will be presented on the ART GAME website.

The game jam is free and application is open to anyone interested in game development. Application deadline is May 5, 2017.


What: 48 hour game jam in which the participants design a serious game in the field of art, politics and digital games. A secret theme may be announced at the start. Please bring all equipment you will need such as laptop, power chords, etc. Participants who wish to sleep at the Goethe-Institut should bring a sleeping bag.  

Where: Goethe-Institut Boston, 170 Beacon Street, Boston (Back Bay)

When: 48 hours from Friday, May 19 at 6pm to Sunday, May 21 at 6pm

Who: Programmers, game designers, artists, musicians, film makers and others in creative or game development-related fields / experience is helpful but beginners are welcome as well / the project committee will select the final participants.

Cost: Participation is free!! All meals are complimentary (Friday evening: dinner / Saturday: breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner / Sunday: breakfast, lunch, snacks). There will be a space to relax and sleep (bring  your sleeping bag!).

Prize: A Boston jury pre-selects three winning teams which will be announced on May 21st at the close of the game jam. An international Art Games jury then selects one finalist team which is invited to work with a German mentor (Linda Rendel, Bernd Diemer or the collective FUR) and further develop their game. Two representatives of the winning team will be invited to present the final game in Germany in mid-2018 along with the seven winning games from the other international game jams.

Apply: Click 'REGISTER' above to complete registration form.
Registration deadline: May 5, 2017.
Due to space limitations, not all who register will be able to participate. Participants will be notified by May 8, 2017.
Background Info: ART GAMES unites 8 game jams worldwide revolving around arts, games and politics. In each location one team/idea will be chosen by a jury and the winning game will receive mentoring by a renowned expert in the following months. The winning games will be presented in Germany in 2018, where representatives of the project teams will have the opportunity to get to know experts in the indie scene in Germany and from around the world and have a chance to establish international networks.

ART GAMES is presented in the context of the interactive exhibition Games and Politics, initiated in the autumn of 2016 by the Goethe-Institut and realized in cooperation with the ZKM Karlsruhe, which can be viewed at the Goethe-Institut Boston and Boston Cyberarts Gallery from April 21 – May 21. The touring exhibition Games and Politics features computer games that critically examine the consequences of globalization and allow the players to adopt new, often marginalized points of view. The federal Foreign Office funded project ART GAMES takes place at eight stations of the exhibition across the world and encourages the creation of games within 48 hours that go beyond the demands of the mainstream.

The game jams take place in Mexico City, Seoul, Jakarta, Boston, Novosibirsk, São Paulo, Athens and Ho Chi Minh City.

ART Games is a project of the Goethe-Institut in cooperation with Maschinen-Mensch and is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany.