CfP: Workshop on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events (co-located with FDG 2015)

Game jams, hackathons and similar group game creation events have become increasingly popular. They provide convenient environments for collaborative game development throughout the world. These events are run in a variety of ways, formats, and have differing time constraints. However, what they have in common are new and exciting opportunities for education and research.

The interest in studying game jams has reached significant levels. Such research has been evolving for the past few years, extending and modifying existing methodologies used to understand the complexities of game development within a rapid-prototyping framework. This workshop, closely associated with the Global Game Jam Community, will bring together academics from these various consortia to discuss and to further the understanding of game jams and the potential they offer participants and academics. This workshop will take place at the International Conference on Foundations of Digital Games 2015 (http://www.fdg2015.org/)

Important Dates:

Submission deadline: 1 May 2015*
Decision notification: 15 May 2015
Camera-ready deadline: 22 May 2015

* Submissions for in-progress work are welcome

Workshop Organization

The workshop will consist of two key activities: paper presentations and group discussion. The morning session will be set aside for the paper presentations and discussion. This time will also provide for discussion and debate that will result from the paper presentations. The afternoon session will involve breakout sessions where all workshop participants will discuss their experience and develop methodologies for future research. The research paper program will consist of short papers (4 pages) and full papers (8 pages) selected via a double blind peer-reviewed process. Since the workshop is intended to explore new ideas and directions, submission of incomplete and in-progress results are encouraged.

Research Areas

Papers may be about a variety of topics, including but not limited to

  • Creativity
  • Game Jam attendance: who and why?
  • Learning in game jams
  • Community building
  • Game design issues in Game Jams
  • Methods and processes
  • Tools and technologies
  • Game Jam impacts

Submission Instructions

Submissions to the GJ2015 workshop must be in PDF format and follow ACM SIG conference formatting guidelines (http://www.acm.org/sigs/publications/proceedings-templates). Papers should be submitted using the Easychair submission system (https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=gj2015).

All accepted papers will be published as part of the conference proceedings.


  • Alexander Zook, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Allan Fowler, Waiariki Institute of Technology, New Zealand.
  • Foaad Khosmood, California Polytechnic State University, USA.
  • Johanna Pirker, Graz University of Technology, Austria.
  • Menno Deen, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands.
  • Mirjam Eladhari, University of Malta, Malta
  • Nia Wearn, Staffordshire University, UK.


For more information, contact Allan Fowler, allan(dot)fowler(at)waiariki.ac.nz


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