Game Jam

Join our health game jam in Montreal or online, on June 3 and/or 10, 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 at the Centre Teach/Learn of Concordia University, 1250 Guy street, room FB 620 floor 6, Montreal, Canada. Contributors from elsewhere will join on Skype. The event will take place on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm. A sushi-buffet as well as healthy snacks will be provided. If you need a computer or an iPad, feel free to contact us.

What is the goal?

Goal of the event is to improve the digital games dedicated to asthmatic children, and the device to measure breathing, in order to test them in a clinical setting. 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 define is possible to do together considering the resources available. Then, participants will group together based on complementarities and interests. 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 the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Concordia Sustainability Action Fund and Concordia Council on Student Life.