Rules 2022

28 April -1 May 2022 - Kids Game Jam World Challenge


Kids Game Jam 2022 (by now KGJ) will be held between April 28 and May 1 in all participating Dojos and schools. The KGJ'22 edition will be hosted by CoderDojo Austin with the support of CoderDojo Cosenza and CoderDojo Torino 2, the three hereinafter collectively referred to as Host.

1. The Kids Game Jam

The KGJ is an annual team challenge to create a video game in Scratch or other programming languages for children and teens ages 7-17 from around the world.

The first phase, offline, will be held simultaneously around the world at participating CoderDojos and schools and they will have to organize a dedicated local or online event on one or more days of the event, while the final phase will be held online on May 14.

The Kids Game Jam will begin on Thursday, April 28 with the announcement of the challenge topic on the website and social channels. The topic will be the same for all participants, who will have up to 96 hours to develop a video game that interprets it in an original way.

The Kids Game Jam is not just a challenge, but a fun opportunity to work together and create beautiful games while fueling the imagination.

2. Event Registration

To participate in the Jam with the teams of your CoderDojo club, school, association or other, you must register on this platform by April 26th:

Then you can add all the components of the individual teams. Each team must be composed of minimum 3 and maximum 5 participants and a mentor. Each mentor can accompany more than one team.

3. Team Composition

Each team must have a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 5 participants and a mentor. (Each mentor must be able to speak English and join the jury on the day of judging). Teams must register in one of 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 limit to the number of teams each organization is allowed to register.

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

5. game Features

Each team may participate with only one game.

Teams will have to develop a game following the theme from KGJ and the required technical features. Theme and features will be announced on April 27 so that competitors can begin brainstorming and designing the game.

6. The Event

On April 27th all teams will receive the KGJ'22 task via email. Then they will have about 96 hours to invent and unleash their imagination. They could take notes but the code of the video game must be developed entirely during the event organized by the school, club or Coderdojo.

Each team must be supervised by a mentor who will support the organizational process and ensure that KGJ rules are followed.

By 11:59pm on May 1, each team must submit upload their game on the same platform as the registration

7. Delivery of the Game

The game in Scratch, although not completed, must be uploaded to the dedicated platform by 23:59 on May 1.

A description document explaining the idea, the technical features and how to play the game (game instructions) must be added along with the game. This document helps the judges understand the game especially if it is not yet completed.

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

8. Privacy and video and photo release

Any enrollment of minors on a jam team must be authorized by the parent of the participating minor. It is the responsibility of the mentor enrolling the team to ascertain the parents' wishes. During registration for the jam, the privacy conditions regarding the use of photos and videos of participants must be accepted. If not, it will not be possible to participate in the event.

In particular, you consent to the use of photographs and video footage containing your image, name and voice and/or your child's voice for the activities of KidsGameJam, as part of its social objectives. The images, photographs and audio-video footage may be published on the website and on all the channels used by the organization for its promotional and communication purposes.

This authorization does not allow the use of the image in contexts that undermine their personal dignity and decorum under Article 97 Law No. 633/41 and Article 10 of the Civil Code (Italian law) and in any case for use and / or purposes other than those mentioned above. The undersigned confirms that he/she has nothing to claim by reason of the above and irrevocably waives any right, action or claim arising from the above authorized.

Since anyone can download an image from the Internet or make copies from printed material, I agree that kids game jam is not responsible for the unauthorized use of the images. By submitting, you confirm that you have read and understand the contents of this entry.

9. Jury and Judgments

The jury will be composed of CoderDojo mentors and experienced technicians, will evaluate the games taking into account the originality, theme and technical characteristics. The jury's judgment will be final.

10. Winners

Winners in each category will be announced at the final online Zoom event on May 14th (9:00 am Austin time). The link to the event will be communicated to all participants via email within 3 days of the event.

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