Rules 2021

May 12th-16th,2021 - Kids Game Jam World Challenge

Viltual Edition


Kids Game Jam 2021 (by now KGJ) will be held from the 12th till the 16th of May on a virtual platform chosen by the hosts. KGJ’21 edition will be hosted by CoderDojo Bulgaria with the support of CoderDojo Cosenza and CoderDojo Torino 2, the three of them hereinafter collectively referred to as Hosts.

1. The Kids Game Jam

The KGJ is an annual team challenge (for a video game creation in Scratch or in other coding languages ) for children and teens from 7 to 17 years of age from all over the world..

This year's edition, KGJ’21, will be in a one-round event that will take place live at virtual rooms. These virtual rooms will be provided to all teams participating in the competition by the organizers.

The Kids Game Jam starts with the announcement of the topic of the challenge on the website and on the social channels on Wednesday, the 12th of May. The subject will be the same for all participants and they will have up to 48 available hours to develop a video game that interprets it in an original way.

Kids Game Jam is not just a challenge but a fun opportunity to work together to create beautiful games by nurturing fantasy.

2. Registration

To join the Jam with team/s from your CoderDojo club, school, association or elsewhere, you have to register on this platform by the 5th of May 2021 :

On the same platform you have to register your team/s by the 11th of May 2021. Each team has to consist of 3 to 5 members and a mentor. One mentor could facilitate up to two teams.

3. Team Composition

Each team must have a minimum of 3 or a maximum of 5 kids and a mentor. (Each mentor has to be able to speak English and join the jury on the judging day. Mentors that would like to join the jam but do not speak English still will have the chance to participate if they have an interpreter.)

You can register teams within the following categories:

SCRATCH 7-12 :
the game will be developed in scratch 2.0 or 3.0 by jammers between 7 and 12 years of age
SCRATCH 12-16:
the game will be developed in scratch 2.0 or 3.0 by jammers between 12 and 16 years of age
the game will be developed with any programming language by jammers between 7 and 17 years of age

4. Teams Enrollment

There is no limitation for the number of teams from each Dojo club, school or association that is allowed to enroll.

The Organizer must indicate the name of the team, the name (or nickname) of each team participant and their age

5. game Features

Each team can participate with one game.

The Teams will have to follow the topic indicated by the KGJ . It will be announced on the 12th of May so that kids can start brainstorming and designing the game.

6. The Event

On the 12th of May all teams will receive the KGJ’21 task. Then they will have about 48 hours to generate ideas. They could take notes but the video game code has to be developed entirely during the coding session.

By the 13th of May all participants have to register on the event platform through the unique link provided by the host to each team. This will ensure access to the team's own private virtual room.

On the 14th of May all virtual rooms will be accessible and the jam will start. Teams will have 48 hours to complete their games. Each team will be supervised by a mentor who will support the organization process and ensure that KGJ rules are followed.

On the 16th of May in the morning each team will present its game in front of the jury. A schedule will be provided to the teams on the 15th May by 6 pm (GMT+3 , Sofia time). The final selection of the winners will happen in the afternoon of the 16th of May during the second judging round. The winners will be announced on the virtual stage at 5 pm (GMT+3, Sofia time).

7. Delivery

The game in Scratch, though not completed, will have to be shared on or uploaded with a .sb2 or .db3 extension on the dedicated platform by 23:59 (GMT+3, Sofia time) on the 15th of May.
Along with the game you must add a description document that explains the idea, the technical features and how to play it (gaminging instructions). This document helps the judges understand the game especially if it is still not completed.

The open category teams can upload any type of game with the source, list of (free) tools used and relative instructions on how to compile them.

8. Video recording and Photos

To ensure the smooth and beneficial participation of each child in the event, we would like to inform you of the following:

1. The virtual platform used for the event records all the content that is broadcasted and shared through it. If the parent of a participant does not want his or her child to be recorded, the child’s participation in KGJ may be refused or accepted under the terms of article 4 below.

2. The Hosts will not distribute or use in any way the recordings of a child that are made by the platform without the explicit consent of a parent.

3. The Hosts will take screenshots during the event. If the parents do not want the photos of their child to be published, they have to declare it in writing.

4. The platform allows the camera to be turned off while presenting the games in the “Sessions” section. It is the responsibility of the parents to make sure that the camera is on or off.

9. Jury and Judgments

A jury will consist of Dojo Champions , Mentors and tech people with substantial and tested experience. The jury will evaluate the work based on the developed features and the technical complexity.

9. Winners

During the last day of the KGJ - the 16th of May 2021 the technical jury will rank a list of all the games and the best ranked players in each category will be announced.

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