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Independent Games Summit: Saunas, Buses, and Tandem Bikes: Stories of Finnish Game Jams

Annakaisa Kultima  (Founder, Finnish Game Jam)

Location: Room 2009, West Hall

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Summits Pass, Indie Games Summit Pass - Get your pass now!

Topic: Independent Games

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

In this talk, I will take you through some of the quirkiest, heartwarming, creative, and inspiring stories from Finnish game jams. While Finland is officially hailed as 'the happiest country in the world,' it harbors a unique secret: we create games in the most unconventional places. While saunas are a common feature of Finnish game jams, our more exotic adventures have taken place in a wintry cottage, a Sami tent (teepee), planetariums, alongside quantum computers, aboard a Ferris wheel, and even on a tandem bike. When playfully brainstorming new game jam ideas in Finland, you must be cautious because they might just become a reality. Although it's challenging to surpass the rich history of Finnish game jams, the purpose of this presentation is to inspire you to elevate your own game jams. Who knows, one day, someone might organize a game jam at the International Space Station.


The attendees of this talk will walk out of the session packed with ideas, inspiration and conviction of trying to top the crazy Finnish jammers.

Intended Audience

The talk will be interesting to jam-loving indie developers, game jam organizers, game hub leaders, jamtivists, jamthusiasts, educators and game companies seeking for inspiring ideas for their internal game jams.

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