Announcing the Cross-Cultural Impact Jam (March 20-28)! 🌎

We are excited to announce the Cross-Cultural Impact Jam (March 20 – 28, 2021)!
G4C is partnering with Unity Technologies and the Cultural Services of the French Embassies in the US and Canada to bring together students from 18 universities across the world to collaborate in creating games and immersive experiences around the theme of inclusivity. Undergraduate and graduate students from Canada, France, Senegal, and the United States will participate in activities that explore how to design for social impact and workshops on the need for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the games industry. After a weekend of activities, including a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Workshop led by the IGDA Foundation, participants will be placed in groups of four with students from other countries to develop a prototype experience in Unity around the theme of inclusivity and inclusive design.
Most jams generally ‘crunch’ development into 48 hours, but the Cross-Cultural Impact Jam’s activities will occur over an entire week. Expanding the jam’s timeframe will allow for collaboration between teammates across global time zones and provide time for students to balance their school and personal schedules. We also aim to encourage a counter-crunch mentality and ongoing collaborative spirit within the Impact Jam!
At the end of the program, students will have a newfound global community, a portfolio piece published on the Unity Play platform, and the tools needed to support themselves, and make the Games Industry more inclusive and equitable.
The Impact Jam is part of Games for Good and Transitioning to Virtual Exchange, initiated by the French Embassy in the U.S., the FACE Foundation and its partners, and part of Unity’s Social Impact Program.
Participating Schools:

  • Arizona State University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Centre for Digital Media
  • Cnam-Enjmin
  • Ecole Supérieure Polytechnique de Dakar
  • Ecole Supérieure Multinationale Des Télécommunications
  • Groupe IAM (African Management Institute)
  • Langara Centre for Entertainment Arts
  • New York University
  • POLE 3D
  • Polytechnic School Thiès
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Sheridan College
  • Spelman College
  • Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
  • Université virtuelle du Sénégal

    You can learn more about the program and its partners here, and keep an eye out for more info about the games, as well as selected superlative winners and prizes! Follow our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the G4C Newsletter to learn more about our ongoing initiatives as we celebrate diversity and inclusion in the games industry.
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