GGJ Austin 19

HOFT Institute, Austin
From Jan 25th 2019
To Jan 27th 2019
See the website


What is Global Game Jam?

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ) is the world's largest game jam event (game creation) taking place around the world at physical locations. Think of it as a hackathon focused on game development. It is the growth of an idea that in today’s heavily connected world, we could come together, be creative, share experiences and express ourselves in a multitude of ways using video games – it is very universal. The weekend stirs a global creative buzz in games, while at the same time exploring the process of development, be it programming, iterative design, narrative exploration or artistic expression. It is all condensed into a 48 hour development cycle. The GGJ encourages people with all kinds of backgrounds to participate and contribute to this global spread of game development and creativity.

Entering Games

All games need be uploaded to the GGJ server before the jam is complete. All content needs to be on our server by 5 PM local time Sunday. Sharing and showing your work is a core GGJ philosophy, so we ask that not only game executables be uploaded, but also source code, assets, makefiles, and anything else needed to compile your game. 


This year the HOFT Institute & The University of Texas at Austin will both be providing their locations for the Austin Global Game Jam. 

HOFT Institute will be the primary location for jammers to setup and work on their games. There will also be meals provided at HOFT. HOFT will be open all 48 hours of the jam. 

Address - 2400 Pearl St

Peter T. Flawn Academic Center (FAC) will be the location for the announcements & keynote on Friday, and the celebration and awards on Sunday evening. 

Address - 2304 Whitis Ave


There is some parking available at HOFT, and street parking nearby. 


We will not be able to provide computers or other equipment for jammers. If you are unable to bring your own device, please let us know and we'll see what we can do to help. 

Basic Schedule

Each Global Game Jam 2019 location starts at 5 PM local time on Friday the 26th. It ends at 5 PM local time on Sunday afternoon. Most jams end on Sunday with presentations or play sessions where teams take turns showing the games they created. Actual development time for jammers is generally less than 48 hours but the whole GGJ19 experience spans the entire time. 

Our Schedule:

Friday (25th)

5pm-7pm Signup, icebreakers, Keynote at FAC 21

7pm-late Jamming at HOFT

Saturday (26th)

9am- Breakfast at HOFT

1pm- Lunch at HOFT, last call for GGJ signup

6pm- Dinner at HOFT, networking among jammers

Sunday (27th)

3pm- Games uploaded and setup for showcase

4pm-6pm Showcase at HOFT

7pm-8pm Awards Ceremony at FAC 21

Global Game Jam Registration

We will also require all jammers register on the official Global Game Jam site. This registration will be open up until the day of the jam. Site Signup is here!

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