CDC Health Game Jam 2013

Have you heard of the CDC Health Game Jam????

I will leave here the official event information, and soon we will publish more information about the workshops Microsoft is organizing with the Georgia Game Developer Association to prepare for the main event!!


CDC Health Game Jam 2013
Atlanta, Georgia
Southern Polytechnic State University

Join us for the inaugural Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Game Jam and competition hosted by Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU)!

The Jam lasts from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22.

A game jam is a gathering of game developers for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 to 48 hours. Game developers are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, and others in game development-related fields.

The focus of the CDC Health Game Jam is the creation of games that address large-scale health priorities championed by CDC, such as disease prevention, outbreak investigation, and healthy, active lifestyles.Professional game developers and health-oriented developers/investors will judge the games; allowing teams an opportunity to put their work in front of potential employers and mentors. The winning team will be offered a 4-week paid follow-up assignment at CDC, to learn about public health and government, and develop its game further for a December 2013 release.

Jam Details:

  • Attendees should gather around 5:00 pm on Friday for opening ceremonies. (Arriving later is okay, but the Jam ends at 5:00 pm on Sunday.)
  • Participants must be 18 or older
  • Come and go as you please; you do not need to stay at the event the entire time to jam
  • All types of participants are welcomed! You don't have to be a college student or affiliated with SPSU to participate
  • Invite friends and anyone you think might be interested in joining and contributing
  • Participants can come with teams already established, but we encourage you to join a team once you arrive so that you can meet new people. You don't have to have a team already formed to participate
  • No massive coding/programming skills needed to participate. People of all skill levels can contribute. We need designers, programmers, artists and audio people of all capabilities
  • The Jam features digital and non-digital game development tracks. Use the weekend to develop a computer/digital game or a board game, if you'd like!
  • Dinner on Friday, breakfast/lunch/dinner on Saturday, and breakfast/lunch on Sunday are provided. Bring extra water/drinks/snacks for yourself to ensure you stay well hydrated and fed
  • Couches and chairs (and a quiet, dark room) will be available; you are welcome to bring pillow/blanket/sleeping bag/etc. Rest well during the event; don’t attempt to stay awake the entire time!  You will be more productive with some sleep
  • Worldwide experts on health topics like viruses, obesity, safety, and more from CDC will be made available to advise and inspire teams
  • Final judging will be October 4 at the Games for Health Day at SIEGE Atlanta (Southern Interactive Entertainment & Game Expo)

Registration is required to participate and there are a limited number of spaces for participants, but we will allow walk-up registration if spaces are available. The Jam will be first-come/first-served, based on date of registration. Thanks to our generous sponsors, no admission fee is required, but YOU MUST REGISTER IN ADVANCE to reserve a spot.

Visit to register. Come to J202 in the J/Atrium building between 4:00–5:00 pm on Friday, September 20, to begin the weekend. Driving directions and a campus map are available at

SPSU gratefully acknowledges our generous sponsors for CDC Health Game Jam 2013:





Games for Health Project is funded by Robert

Wood Johnson Foundation’s Pioneer Portfolio.

For more on Pioneer, visit 


Past Game Jam Weekends:

  • The 2012 Fall Georgia Game Jam was September 7–9, 2012; SPSU hosted and had ~250 attendees.
  • The 2012 Global Game Jam was January 27–29, 2012; SCAD Atlanta hosted and had ~210 participants, making the Georgia venue the largest in the US and the third-largest in the world!
  • The 2011 Fall Georgia Game Jam was September 23–25, 2011; it had more than 110 participants and made 18 games.
  • The 2011 Global Game Jam was January 28–30, 2011. SPSU was the statewide host site in Georgia, and had 150+ attendees. It was the second-largest site in the US and the eighth-largest site in the world!
  • SPSU has also hosted fall and global Game Jams since 2009.