The department of Game Design at Uppsala University, campus Gotland
This is the highly informal blog of the GAME-department. We use it mostly to document the things we do outside of running one of the worlds strongest game educations. For information about our education, programs and courses, check the official site at Uppsala University.
The jury represents the most hard-working participants at the Gotland Game Conference (save for our students, naturally). Jurors travel from near and far to listen to our students’ presentations a day before the conference even starts, and to play all of the student productions on the show floor.
Each members brings their own set of experience and expertise, and share that insight directly with the students during the presentations. This is followed by two days of hard labor where each jury member needs to play enough to provide meaningful written feedback (as well as numeric scores) on each game. These scores does not affect student grades, of course, but are an integral part of the GGC Awards and for our students’ learning outcomes!
The jury is absolutely massive, as they need to cover all three years of our education!
Without further ado, here is the complete 2017 Jury!
Anton Albiin, Association of Swedish Game Developers
Bonnie Ruberg, UC Irvine
Chris Franklin, Errant Signal
Doris Rusch, DePaul University
Maria Guadalupe Alvarez, Högskolan i Skövde
Joakim Sjöberg, Odd Raven Studios
Joshua Juvrud, Uppsala University
Martine Pedersen, IndSpark
Mattias “Ditto” Dittrich, Art in Heart
Mike Sellers, Indiana University
Richard Bartle, University of Essex
Sabine Harrer, University of Vienna
Samson Wiklund, Diversi
Patrick Seibert, Founder: indiecouch.org
Travis C. Parrott, Westlaw Legal Solutions
Fred Ström, Pixel Ferrets
Jens Berglind, Might and Delight
Joakim Andreasson, Paradox Development Studio
Jona Marklund, KJ Interactive
Martin Greip, Eat Create Sleep
Max Tiilikainen, iGotcha Studios
Olof Wallentin, Starbreeze Studios
Pernilla Sparrhult, Paradox Development Studio
Peter Stråhle, Might and Delight
Sigrid Svederoth, Cortopia AB
Teddy Sjöström, Pixel Ferrets
Thommy Siverman, Electronic Arts
Tobias Wahlberg, TOB-E GAMES
Vilya Svensson, Pixel Ferrets
Ylva Ljungqvist, Paradox Development Studio
Bold is GAME alumni – welcome back! 🙂
And thanks in advance to all the jurors for taking the time – and putting up the effort – to help improve our students, our education, and our medium!
The Swedish Game Awards is the nation’s largest video game development competition, pitting all Swedish game educations against each other. It has been held annually since 2002 and is organized by a student-driven, non-profit association. They just announced that the 2017 finale will be held in Visby – just a few days after the Gotland Game Conference!
Ergo, you might want to adjust your travel schedule to allow for a few more days in this medieval town of ours. 🙂
The Wikipedia page is a good source of information for the SGA, including the competition categories and winners from previous years. We will of course shamelessly point out that our students generally fare very well; last year Gotland took home Best Diversity Effort, Best Execution in Design, Best Technical ExecutionandBest Execution in Narrative. Head on over at our less-official department blog for a full list of all SGA-awards earned by our students.
So your crowdfunding missed its target, your company can’t send you, or you want to scout talent before anyone else gets the chance. Whatever the reason, you may earn yourself a free Conference Pass and front row seats to meet our students by serving on the GGC Jury!
The jury arrive a day early (28/5) to attend student presentations (2-4 hours, with breaks) and then play their games on the show floor and provide thoughtful and constructive feedback throughout the conference. Jury duty requires no work prior to the event, but once here you will have to prioritize and make time to play all games – enough to provide fair criticism and advice.
The Game Educators Summit is a 2-day meeting hosted by the Department of Game Design, during the GGC. We aim to bring together all higher game educations (internationally) to discuss our common concerns and set up a network of support.
So; two days, broken up by the Gotland Game Conference. The first day (28/5) is filled with short presentations and an evening meet-and-greet on the show floor among the student games.
The second day (31/5) takes place after the GGC, when everyone is warmed up and inspired. We’ll meet the Higher Education Videogame Alliance, and then split into groups to discuss our specific areas of interest.