Pittsburgh Global Game Jam 2017


This site contains the details for the 2017 Global Game Jam happening in Pittsburgh, PA! For more information about this larger international event, check out the Global Game Jam parent site or visit the Pittsburgh jam page.

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Date + Registration

This year’s Global Game Jam takes place from January 20th – 22nd.

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  • The Pittsburgh GGJ site can support 130 jammers.
  • Registration is handled by first-come, first-serve.
  • The registration fee is $30 and covers the entire event including food and t-shirt.
  • What is a game jam? What is the Global Game Jam? Read the basis here.

For this year’s Global Game Jam we will be jamming from Nova Place on Pittsburgh’s North Shore!

Located in the historic business center of the North Side, Nova Place is located conveniently near such landmarks like the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and the Warhol Museum. The Pittsburgh IGDA is proud to be the 1st major event taking place in this newly-renovated space.


Directions for Nova Place (Google Map)

100 South Commons
Pittsburgh, PA 15212



Parking is available in the underground garage throughout the weekend. Jammers will be able to receive a prepaid parking ticket for the garage. We recommend people carpool for the event.



Here are detailed instructions on how to get to Nova Place.


For those looking for public transportation, here are some quick Google Map links to help arrive at Nova Place on 6 PM for Friday.


From the ETC


From CMU/Pitt


From AIP


Please check all routes and times to confirm. If you are having trouble getting to the jam, please contact mike@pigda.org prior to the event.


The Pittsburgh Global Game Jam is generously supported by the following sponsors.

Jam Schedule

Friday (January 20th)

  • 5:30 PM – Doors open for setup
  • 7:00 PM – Opening remarks and video
  • 7:30 PM – Dinner
  • Jamming the rest of the night with a midnight snack


Saturday (January 21st)

  • Jamming all day!
  • 12:30 PM – T-shirts and team photos


Sunday  (January 22nd)

  • Jamming until 2 PM
  • 2:00 PM – Setup for judging
  • 3:00 PM – Judging and showcase
  • 5:00 PM – Closing ceremony with awards
  • 6:00 PM – Breakdown and clean-up


If you need to arrive late, please contact mike@pigda.org to make arrangements.

What To Bring
  • Your ID
  • Extra power strips (for laptop or desktop computers)
  • Headphones (you will be sharing the same space)
  • Pen and paper
  • Your wallet (for parking, transportation, etc.)
  • Sleeping bag and pillow (for staying overnight)
  • USB thumb drive or external drive (for transferring files)
  • Deodorant and a change of clothes (to stay fresh)
  • A coat or jacket (in case the heating isn’t warm enough)
  • A camera to record jam memories
  • Your creativity, collaborative spirit, and enthusiasm!

E-mail the site coordinator Michael Lee at mike@pigda.org

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