Pittsburgh Game Jam


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From November 16th to 18th, 2007, Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center will be holding an XO Game Jam.

The Pittsburgh XO Game Jam is a game design and programming event designed to encourage (simultaneously) experimentation and innovation in the game industry and kick off development of open-source games for the OLPC platform (the XO). A group of game developers will get together over a three-day period to make as many innovative games as possible for the laptop, which is being distributed to children in developing countries around the world.


What is an OPLC Game Jam?

An OLPC Jam is a content creation crunch that gets participants from idea to reality in just a few days. By the end of the Jam, you'll have something finished to test with local schoolchildren (who serve as judges for the event). It's a great way to get started developing for OLPC. Click here to learn more.

Event Details

Pittsburgh Game Jam 2007
Where: Entertainment Technology Center, 700 Technology Drive, Pittsburgh PA 15219
When: Novmeber 16-18, 2007 (Fri-Sun)
Goal: In less than 3 days, create a computer game from scratch that takes advantage of XO hardware.

I want to join in!

Spots are limited due to the space of the venue and budget. Applicants will be selected on a lottery based system. To join the lottery please visit the Game Jam page here.


Teams will be randomly assigned, and will be formed of at least one programmer, one designer, one artist. If you would like to bring your own team, please specify in your application email.


All Times are US Eastern Time (GMT -5:00).

November 16, 2007:

  • 6pm: Doors open, Dinner, Meet and Greet
  • 7pm: Introductions, Set-up, Learn the Basics, and “Hello World” Tutorial

November 17, 2007:

  • 8am-10am: Breakfast
  • 10am: Team “Pitch”
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 3pm: Status Update (“Great way to ask for help!”)
  • 6pm: Dinner

November 18, 2007:

  • 8am-10am: Breakfast
  • 10am: Status Update ("Last Plea for Help")
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 2pm: Kids arrive
  • 3pm: Kids Judge Games
  • 5pm: Award Ceremony, Closing Remarks
  • 6pm: Farewell Dinner


Below are the prizes awarded to each winning team:

  • First Prize: 4 Nintendo DS
  • Second Prize: 4 X-Arcade Controller
  • Third Prize: 4 copies of Game Design: From Blue Sky to Green Light, by Deborah Todd
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