Game Jam

Join our health game jam in Montreal or online, on February 18 and 19, 2017!

Why join a game jam?

A game jam is a playful event where people from different fields build on each other's knowledge to create innovative solutions. Joining the event gives the opportunity to learn (about health, design, arts, technologies, ...), prototype, experiment, mix cutting-edge ideas and most importantly have fun. It enables to develop leadership and social skills, practice interdisciplinarity, foster critical reflexion, free from economic pressure. A study demonstrated that students joining a game jam had a higher GPA.

Who will attend?

Every passionate individual is welcome! We provide a safe, inclusive space where amateurs and experts collaborate. In the previous game jams, patients, programmers, visual artists, game designers, sound designers, storytellers, electronics specialists, health professionals, and other passionate people attended. Newcommers and people who do not feel at ease with technologies can be supported by more experienced participants. Hear what former participants say.

Where is it?

The game jam takes place in Milieux Institue at Concordia University, 1515 Ste-Catherine West street, room 11.705, 11th floor, Montreal, Canada. Montreal, Canada. Contributors from elsewhere will join on Skype. The event will take place from Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and from Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. A sushi-buffet (Saturday at 12 h.) and a brunch (Sunday 10:30) as well as healthy snacks will be provided. If you need a computer, an iPad or a sleeping option, feel free to contact us.

What is the goal?

Goal of the event is to collectively create digital games to prevent asthma crises, and a hardware device to measure breathing. The device will serve as an input for the games and enable a self-assessment of the lung capacity (peek flow). All work done will be released under free/libre licences so that it can be used an improved by everyone and everywhere. This shall enable emerging countries to produce minimal cost material – some of them do not even have these devices for their hospitals.

How will the event take place?

After a round of presentation and an introduction to the initiative (1 hour), we will create small groups in order to brainstorm and define is possible to do together considering the resources available (2 hours). Then, participants will group together based on complementarities and interests. Every team will develop different prototypes (3 hours), and present them to get feedbacks and improve them in different cycles (5 x 3 hours). All contributions will be logged in our system to make the collective efforts visible.

Who supports this event?

The event is organized by Breathing Games in collaboration with Sainte Justine university hospital, Sensorica open hardware lab, and Concordia University. The game jam is co-funded by Concordia Sustainability Action Fund and Concordia Council on Student Life.