The Rose Valley Jam is a game jam event for the Pasadena Unified School District. A game jam is similar to a hackathon, but focused on a weekend of game development while being mentored by industry professionals. The weekend brings students together to experience the fundamentals of game development, contributing to the design, programming, audio, or art of their project. It is all condensed into a weekend development cycle of collaboration, innovation, and learning. The Rose Valley Jam encourages students of all backgrounds to participate and contribute to this amazing event of game development and creativity.
The structure of a jam has everyone gather on Friday late afternoon, create development teams, and listen to our keynote from EA Industrial Toys. Students are challenged to make a game inspired a theme/topic afterwards, with games to be completed by Sunday afternoon. The jam will foster new friendships between schools, share a perspective on the game industry, and inspire a new generation of game developers.