Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I ENTER THE JAM?
You can register here. Regular registration has already passed, but the deadline for late registration is Friday, September 29th. Chillennium staff will email participants with important information and reminders up to the date of the jam.
Late registration still guarantees you food, prizes, giveaways, and all the same competitive opportunites as other participants. However, we cannot guarantee you get the same merchandise, and the price is increased due to having to process more quickly.
Please be aware that participants must be currently enrolled college or university students.
WHEN IS THE JAM?
The jam takes place between Friday, October 13th and Sunday, October 15th.
Doors open at 1:30 PM and begin promptly at 5:00 PM. We strongly recommend participants show up early to park, check in, and get set up.
CAN I USE A GAME I'VE
BEEN WORKING ON?
All game code and content must be created during the 48-hour game jam period. Though we do not expect all game jam contest submissions to be entirely created from scratch, we prohibit creating game content prior to the start of the competition. If you choose to adapt code or content from the internet, be sure to make it your own. Derivative work will be recognized by the judges and may affect your game's score.
WHAT CAN I USE TO MAKE
Participants will be required to bring their own computing equipment, laptops, desktops, monitors, etc. We recommend bringing an ethernet cable and any other peripherals (tablet, Oculus Rift, Kinect, Wii Remotes, controllers, etc.) you may need. Power drops and wireless internet access will be provided. Volunteer staff will be available to help participants load/unload and set up their equipment upon request.
Participants will be allowed to use any software or programming languages available to them either on the internet or on their native computers. Some software such as the Unity game engine and Houdini will be available, but it is primarily up to the participants to bring what they think they'll need to build a game in 48 hours. Learn more about Houdini here.
HOW ARE GAMES JUDGED?
Games will be judged by a team of industry professionals, sponsors, and children (10+). Judging will begin immediately following the game jam's ending at 5:00 PM on Sunday, October 15th. Games will be ranked on a scale from 0 to 5 for their Innovation, Quality, and Completeness in the categories of Programming, Art, Design, and Sound for a total maximum score of 60. The three teams with the highest overall scores will be awarded the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for Best Overall Game. Additional prizes will be awarded to the teams with the highest individual scores in Programming, Art, Design, and Sound.