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Climate Jam

May 19- 21, 2023

Jam Partners and Sponsors:

We Believe

this generation of creators cares deeply about the environment and has the power to inspire action through games

Join Us

We’re inviting game creators from around the world to make games that explore solutions to address a rapidly changing planet. Together we can make a difference!

Virgina Wright Frierson Turbine Painting

The theme of this jam is: 

Wildlife Trafficking

New to building games on climate change? Check out IDGA’s Environmental Game Design Playbook!

Together we’re creating Games for Our Future

Explore this year’s theme

Combatting Wildlife Trafficking is a global effort. Through public institutions, enforcement, non-profits, education, and individual action, we can all bring an end to the illegal animal trade. Explore some global efforts below:

The many dimensions of Wildlife Trafficking 
The many sub themes of this jam

Hear from the Experts

Sara Walker is the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s Senior Advisor on Wildlife Trafficking.

Learn more and hear from Sara during the Kickoff event

Friday, May 19th 12pm PT / 3pm ET

Kerston Swartz is the Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy at Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. Hear from her about impacts of Wildlife Trafficking and potential audiences for your game. 

Learn more and chat with Kerston on discord

Friday, May 19th 5pm-7pm PT / 8pm-10pm ET
Kerston championed the installation of an anti-Wildlife Trafficking installation at SeaTac Airport.

What you need to know

Jam Essentials

Climate Jam is a virtual jam hosted on just follow the link and hit “Join Now.”

Join us on Discord!

We ask that you follow our Code of Conduct in all of your IndieCade interactions, virtual or otherwise.


Not a climate expert? No problem! We will have some great mentors available to provide inspiration and knowledge about climate topics and game design. 

Want to be a game design or climate mentor? Join here!

First-time jammer?

Never jammed before? No Problem! This is a great opportunity to make a great game in a fun community!

 Check out these resources to get started!

Global Event

This jam is open to everyone world-wide! Speak another language and want to help us reach more people or translate content? Let us know.

Greenlight Jam

Join our month-long Greenlight Jam, starting June 16th, and work step-by-step towards a polished, releasable project. Includes diversifiers from jams like this one and accepts both entirely new projects and expansions of past works. Learn more and join.

Important Dates

Friday – Jam Kick-off Event

May 19th – 12PM PT / 3PM ET

Hear from mentors, get energized! Join on 

Mentor Chat

Friday – May 19th 5pm – 7pm PT / 8pm – 10pm ET

Build teams and talk to a Wildlife Trafficking Mentor on Discord from 

Games Submitted

May 21st 12:00pm PT / 3:00 ET

All games must be uploaded to the page.

Games Celebration

May 21st – 2:00 PM PT / 5:00PM ET

Community Celebration – Show and Tell! 

Virgina Write Frierson Texas Wind Turbines




This is our 6th annual Climate Jam and the 4rd virtual one. AND we’re growing!

Started in  2018

95 games and counting!

We can’t wait to see what you make this year!

Powered By You!

Be the wind beneath our….turbines

While some things run on clean energy, we run on community support! This jam is a collaborative effort, and would not happen without you.

Show your support – join the movement.

Donations are powered by one of our organizing Partners, Seattle Indies. 


Want to help us save the world? 

Become a Sponsor

We are so grateful for our past sponsors including Niantic and Riot Forge

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