May 19- 21, 2023
Jam Partners and Sponsors:
this generation of creators cares deeply about the environment and has the power to inspire action through games
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!
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
Tourism and Travel
Whether you are traveling locally or traveling abroad, your tourism choices connect to wildlife conservation.
What you click, like, and view can promote the exotic animal trade. Think for you click.
NPR – The Newsest TikTok Stars are Exotic Pets…
ABC – From From tigers to chimpanzees, how cute social media videos could be driving the exotic pet trade
Your dollars make a difference. How you choose to spend you money impacts global trade and could prevent wildlife trafficking.
Get the facts from trusted sources.
Grist – A multimillion disinformation campaign is trying to convince you that trophy hunting is ‘sustainable’
Climate Change Impacts and Wildlife Trafficking
Climate Jam is all about novel and new ways to engage in coversation and games around climate change. Climate and Wildlife are inextricably linked.
UN Publication – ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE AND CLIMATE CHANGE Joining the dots
From a global to a local issue, the solution to wildlife conservation works when led by local and indigenous communities.
Forbes – Indigenous Women Leading Charge in Wildlife Conservation
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
What you need to know
Climate Jam is a virtual jam hosted on itch.io just follow the link and hit “Join Now.”
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!
Never jammed before? No Problem! This is a great opportunity to make a great game in a fun community!
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.
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.
Build teams and talk to a Wildlife Trafficking Mentor on Discord from
All games must be uploaded to the itch.io page.
Community Celebration – Show and Tell!
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!
Climate Jam 2023
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.
We are so grateful for our past sponsors including Niantic and Riot Forge
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