Chillennium is the largest student run Game Jam in the nation, organized by students, for students. Hosted anually by the Department of Visualization, Chillennium is founded, staffed, and organized by students of Texas A&M University. This unique event brings participants from across the nation to meet fellow game enthusiasts, develop their skills, and compete for prizes. Those who participate can compete alone or as a team of up to 4 and will have 48 hours to plan, design, and develop a video game from scratch based on a theme! During the Jam mentors from the game industry will be walking the floors helping participants develop their ideas into amazing games. At the end of the 48 hours the games will be played and judged by a panel of experts from the game industry and winners will be awarded prizes! No previous knowledge about games is needed, just a passion for creation!
Come join students from universities around the nation in being a part of the world's largest Student Game Jam!
Participants will be required to bring their own computing equipment and any peripherals. Participants will be fed 3 meals a day and snacks. If you have any food allergies or preferences please specify this during registration.
Participants will be required to bring their own computing equipment, laptops, desktops, monitors, etc. We recommend bringing an ethernet cable with you and any other peripherals (tablet, Oculus Rift, Kinect, Wii remotes, controllers, etc.) you may need. Power drops and wireless internet access will be provided. There will be no wired internet at the game jam venue. If participants need access to the internet they will need to bring a wireless device. 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 for the duration of the game jam. We recommend downloading student versions of popular game development software such as Unity, Unreal Engine, Maya, Houdini, the Adobe Creative Suite, etc. prior to arriving at the event. It is up to the participants to bring what they think they'll need to develop a game in 48 hours.
Games will be judged by a team of industry professionals, sponsors, and children (10+). 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 exceptional teams in each category of Programming, Art, Design, and Sound. In the spirit of friendly competition, teams will not be able to receive multiple awards.
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 created entirely from scratch, Chillennium prohibits creating game content prior to the start of competition. If you choose to adapt code or content from the internet, be sure that you make it your own. Derivative work will be recognized by judges and will affect your game's score.
Game jam participants will be provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner and have access to snacks and drinks for the duration of the event. Meals will be served outside the Game Jam work zone in the dining area, but snacks will be available in the work zone. You can still bring your own food or drinks if you want. No alcohol is allowed at the game jam, and it will be confiscated by Chillennium security.
If participants wish to take a break, there will be a staffed rest area reserved for Chillennium; participants should bring their own pillows and blankets. Showers will also be available, and participants should bring their own toiletries.
Participants must be currently enrolled college or university students. Participants will be issued an official Chillennium badge to wear for the duration of the event. Though it is advised that participants stay on site for the duration of the Game Jam, participants will be allowed to exit the venue. Re-admittance will only be granted to those wearing an official Chillennium badge.
Visitors are allowed onto the jam floor, though they must check in with Chillennium security at the front desk to receive a guest pass. Visitors will only allowed between 10:00 am and 10:00 pm, and are not entitled to any food offered during the event.
Chillennium takes place on campus of Texas A&M. Exact location will be announced soon.
Chillennium is made possible with the generous help of sponsors! Your support ensures that the students participating in Chillennium receive complimentary meals, a world-class jam venue, and even assistance with transportation to the event!
If you are interested in partnering with us for this year's game jam financially, check out our sponsorship tiers and contact us.
Chillennium is the largest student run game jam in the nation, and is soon to be the largest in the world. To do this we need your help! The Game Jam runs for 48 hours straight. There will be over 250 participants from across the nation coming into town for the event. Participants will be provided food, snacks, showers, and resting areas. In addition to participants, we will have industry professionals coming in to mentor throughout the Game Jam.
To make all this work, we need your help. Click below for more information and contact us if you are interested in volunteering for Chillennium!
You must be able to commit a minimum of 2 shifts which are 4 hours each totaling 8 hours of volunteer service to the Game Jam. If you'd like to contribute more time towards the event, let us know! We are always happy to have a helping hand.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and be a current student at Texas A&M University.
There will be a mandatory meeting the week leading up to the event for volunteers. This is where you will receive important information and your shift schedule.
Arrive 15 minutes before your shift with a smile and driving passion for games.
Chillennium has had a number of extraordinarily talented judges in the past and we will continue that trend this year! Check back later for a full list of judges for Chillennium 2017!
Chillennium is at its heart a learning experience, and what better way to learn how to make games than from the awesome people that do it for a living?
The Chillennium Mentors will be with you throughout the weekend to share their knowledge & experience, answer questions, and to offer their advice on techniques, best practices, and designs.
Chillennium is looking for experienced game industry professionals to assist Chillennium participants as Mentors! No matter what your expertise, your advice and feedback to the student jammers is invaluable.
Join other industry professionals and help spread the love of game development at Chillennium!
As a Mentor you will be on the jam floor actively participating in the game creation process with participants. Mentors will not be allowed to physically create content for the games or participate in the contest judging process; however, answering questions and offering advice on techniques, best practices, design ideas, etc.is strongly encouraged.
Mentors will be provided meals, snacks, on-site resting areas, and shower facilities. Chillennium is not able to provide hotel accommodations so please plan accordingly.
If you are interested in mentoring, please contact us!
Check out the games and winners from past game jams!