Innovative new game-making competition aims to raise awareness about climate change

Computational Foundry lecturer Dr Sean Walton is co-leading Climate Jam 2018, a game jam focused on making games that teach people about climate change.

The competition will run for the whole of July, and at the end, the best teams will be supported by the academics to apply for a science communication grant to further the development of the game.

The game jam will have public voting, and the top ranked games will be shown to a panel of judges including climate scientists, game designers and science communicators.

Dr Walton is part of a group of scientists from Wales, concerned about climate change, and committed to use technology to raise awareness about his issue, while supporting those new to games development, and the technology sector as a whole.

He comments: “We thought, what if we made a game which taught you the complexities of climate change science through the way you interacted with it. Then we thought instead of us trying to make one game, what if we got the game development community to help us with ideas, hence this game jam!” 

This work is supported by The Welsh Crucible, Bangor University, Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Sêr Cymru II programme and Swansea University.

For full information visit https://itch.io/jam/climate-jam-2018