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Games for Our Future Game Jam Re-cap

The Second Annual Games for Our Future Game Jam was a success! Presented by EarthLab, Seattle IndiesSeattle Serious and Social Impact Games and Pacific Science Center, the theme was Creating a Green Tomorrow. The Game Jam brought game developers and researchers together for a weekend to learn from each other and show the power of games to translate complex environmental research into a medium that is both fun and educational. 60 developers worked in teams to create over 13 games (11 uploaded). The day kicked off by having nine UW research mentors speak, three on topics about game design and six on topics of climate change and environmental science. Afterwards, teams formed and began creating games.

–> Check out the games our participants developed!

–> Read more about the event on the Seattle Indies blog.

Below are the award winners in each category from the Game Jam:

Theme: Social Solutions to Climate Change

Climate Utopia: Virtual Reality experience in which you explore a world in the future that is truly sustainable

Incorporated Research from UW Mentors

Seed Our Future: Augmented reality application to suggest social solutions to climate change in real places

Game Design and Game Play

2 Degrees!: Board game simulating building a city without increasing the global temperature to 2 degrees C

Art, Music and Aesthetics

Rising Tides: Game to combat sea level rise by investing in seawalls, moving to a new location, or responding to other disasters

Overall Judges’ Pick

2 Degrees!: Board game simulating building a city without increasing the global temperature to 2 degrees C

People’s Choice

Icebears Care: Save polar bears on melting ice caps by stapling icebergs back together

None of this would be possible without the tireless dedication of our mentors:

Jennifer Atkinson UW Bothell, English
Gary Handwerk UW, Comparative Literature
Dargan Frierson UW, Atmospheric Science
Isabel Zamanillo UW, College of Environment
Jason Lambacher UW Bothell, Political Science
Sarah Chase UW, Forestry
Rick Thomas UW, Forestry
Mark Chen UW Bothell, Game Studies
Theresa Horstman Microsoft (formerly, UW, Education)