IMGD’s International Game Developers Association (IGDA) periodically hosts student-run game jams, where game development skills are learned and pushed to the limit. Students are tasked with making a full game in a limited amount of time, usually 48 hours. Although it seems a bit daunting, WPI's game jams are fun and friendly—students on different teams will routinely help others, and most game jams aren't competitive in the slightest as prizes can be anything from a round of applause to an old Wii game.
Anyone of any skill level is encouraged to participate. Game jams are a great way to make your first game at WPI, connect with the community, and immerse yourself in IMGD culture. If you’re already a seasoned pro, join in the antics and make another awesome piece for your portfolio!
Besides hosting our own game jams, WPI also collaborates with other organizations and colleges to join in on the fun. Every year, WPI participates in the Global Game Jam, a game jam that takes place at the same time all around the world. We also partner with FIRST Robotics for an annual one-of-a-kind, week-long, competitive game jam event: FIRST Game Jam! Participating students are tasked with making a game from scratch based on a theme that inspires innovation and collaboration, ultimately demonstrating the role that creative design plays in the real-world applications of science and engineering.