Global Game Jam Next

GGJ NEXT™ is an international game jam dedicated to young creators.

What is a game jam?

The goal of a game jam is to come together and make a game (be it a videogame, board game, card game…) Jammers quickly come up with new ideas, and make quick sketches of how they might work to prototype and playtest. Often jammers have a theme or central idea to work with. The brief time span will encourage creative thinking and hopefully innovative experimental games.

Global Game Jam Next ® is Affiliated with the official Global Game Jam ®

What is GGJ NEXT™?

GGJ NEXT provides both educational opportunities to learn about game development and a yearly jam for young people age 12-17.

The GGJ NEXT jam aims to bring together talented young people within their school and community. It is a unique opportunity for students to learn new STEAM skills, and improve their creative thinking and exploration in a safe space.

The GGJ NEXT jam will happen all over the globe based around a central theme. Events will be between 1 and 5 days long, and we need your support to make that happen!

When is the GGJ NEXT jam?

The Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AiE) and Pacific Science Center have teamed up to host the first official year of Global Game Jam Next! Jammers ages 12-17 years are welcome to participate – no prior training needed. The event is free, but seating is limited! Once we have reached maximum capacity, we will place Jammers on a waiting list.

The event will take place at the Academy of Interactive Entertainment and the Pacific Science Center July 25 – 28th, as detailed in the daily schedule below:

Location Date Time
Academy of Interactive Entertainment July 25th 1pm - 5pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment July 26th 10am - 4pm
Academy of Interactive Entertainment July 27th 10am - 4pm
Pacific Science Center July 28th 10am - 2pm


The event concludes on Saturday, July 28 from 10am to 2pm at the Pacific Science Center. This will be a showcase of all the games, and families & friends are invited to attend the presentations.

Jammers are encouraged to bring a notebook or sketch pad, pencils, a water bottle, and a sack lunch. (AIE will provide snacks.)

Register for Global Game Jam Next by June 29th using the form on this page.

Registration Form