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When: February 24th – March 5th, 2023
Where: Online on and Discord

(All dates and times are for the Pacific Time Zone)

Rules and Info

Participants will be tasked with creating a game that fits the Hidden Heroes theme described above during the duration of the jam (Feb. 24 – Mar. 5), in whatever format they choose. Form a team with others or work solo – you decide!

The jam is open to people of all skill levels, newcomers are always welcome, and we will ensure that everyone finds a team to join that fits your skills and interests. We encourage participants to join the Discord server for networking and team-building.

Use of pre-made code/assets is allowed as long as they are credited to the proper source.


  • Before the Jam: Participants are invited to join Discord, start forming teams, and consider who their Hidden Heroes are before the jam begins. We also invite you to join the jam research project.
  • Friday, February 24th: Jam launch! Jam officially begins at the beginning of the day (midnight, Pacific Time)
  • During the Jam: Make your game. Workshop it and share your progress on Discord.
    Jam as long as you want, whether it just be on a weekend or the full ten days.
  • Sunday, March 5th: Jam ends. Final submission deadline is at end of day (midnight, Pacific Time).
    Teams that submit to by the deadline can vote on each other’s games!
  • Monday, March 6th: Discord showcase day! We encourage all participants to share their work in the showcase channel on Discord throughout the day and provide feedback for the other games.
  • Sunday, March 19th: Voting ends. Final submission deadline is at end of day (midnight Pacific Time).

Submitting your Hidden Hero game

Submit through the page:

When you submit, please include a written artist statement that explains who you are, why you picked your hidden hero, and how you translated their wisdom and/or life story into a game. This is included in the submission field.

Share your work! Whether it be works-in-progress during the jam or your final project after the deadline we encourage you to share on our Discord server and use #hiddenheroesjam when you post on social media!

Voting and Prizes

All teams that submit by the jam deadline are eligible to vote and be voted for on We will give out a free IndieCade Anywhere & Everywhere submission to one of the submitted teams (can be used for a game of their choosing)!

Teams with members from participating Horizons schools are eligible for special prizes including portfolio reviews and mentoring. These will be pulled from the submitter rankings as well as a raffle.

A team only needs one participant from a Horizons school to be eligible.

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