Game Gen Hawthorne

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1/27: Parking, Friday hours, and schedule updated below. An email with up-to-date information will be sent out via Eventbrite before the event.

We're excited to host Global Game Jam!

Who are we?

Game Gen teaches how to make games. We provide vocational job training, academic support, and product development in the field of computer science. Our mission is to create a productive community that provides an educational pathway for individuals to achieve meaningful lives through valued employment and lifelong friendships. Our ultimate goal is to see our students go on to lead creative, financially independent, socially connected, and preferred lives.

Check out some of our students’ games here:

What’s Global Game Jam?

The Global Game Jam® (GGJ®) is the world's largest game creation event taking place in physical locations across the globe. Think of it as a 48 hour hackathon focused on game development around a theme.

GGJ’s mission is to stimulate innovation, experimentation, and collaboration in games. The annual event begins on a Friday afternoon in January and kicks off with video keynotes and advice from leaders in the game development industry. The jam formally begins after an announcement of the year’s theme, kept secret until the last second, and not revealed publicly until 5pm at our last time zone to start: Hawaii!

Here’s what you need to know.

How to Register

What to Bring

Bring your laptop! Internet access and power strips will be provided.

Transportation and Parking

Our building is accessible from the Rosecrans exit coming from 405 NB, and the East Rosecrans exit from 405 SB.

The closest bus stops are on the Metro 125 line, stopping at Rosecrans/Ocean Gate and Rosecrans/Hindry.

UPDATE: Limited on-site parking available for guests!

Additional street parking can be found in the residential area taking Ocean Gate Ave to 142nd st.

Checking In

We’re located in the South Bay Tech Center building, and have jam spaces available in our first floor and third floor classrooms. Signs for Global Game Jam/Game Gen will be posted.

Our street-facing side door will be open, as well as our main door in the rear. Check-in will be in the first floor courtyard within the building.

Building Hours

Friday: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM (UPDATED)
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Places to Eat

There are nearby shopping centers with restaurants including McDonald’s, Subway, Blaze Pizza, El Pollo Loco, Jersey Mike’s, and Chipotle within walking distance.

Water is available on-site.

Tentative Schedule

We’ll share the finalized schedule before the event.

Friday (UPDATED)

04:00 PM - Check In
05:00 PM - Welcome Announcement and Keynote
07:00 PM - Building Closes


10:00 AM - Building Opens
11:00 AM - Deadline for Jammer Registration
03:00 PM - Deadline for Placeholder Project and Team Registration
06:00 PM - Building Closes


10:00 AM - Building Opens
05:00 PM - Deadline for Project Submission, Presentations
06:00 PM - Building Closes

Who Can Participate: 
Age Restrictions: 
18+ only
Maximum Capacity: 

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