Common Terms

Here is a listing of common terms we use when talking about Global Game Jam. Refer back here if you get lost.

Term

Meaning

GGJ

Global Game Jam - The main, yearly, 48 hour jam event. Can also be used to refer to Global Game Jam inc, the charity who run the event.

Board

Team who meet once a month to help define the future direction of Global Game Jam, and the charitable organisation who run it.

ED

Executive Director - The person who oversees the incorporated charity as a whole, leads on fundraising and guides the board.

(currently: Kate Edwards).

EP

Executive Producer - The person who oversees the whole event, and makes sure it runs as smoothly as possible. (currently: Jo Summers).

EC

Executive Committee - the core team of volunteers who work with the EP to make the event happen.

RO(s)

Regional Organiser(s) - the volunteer(s) who works at the heart of your region, talking to and supporting all the sites in a particular geographic area

SO(s)

Site organiser(s) - the key responsible person(s) for each local GGJ site.

Jammer(s)

Attendee(s) of the jam event, who work together over 48 hours to make games.

Keynote

The video shown at the start of each GGJ event in every location to kick off the weekend.

Theme

The super top secret (until 5pm in Hawaii the day the jam starts!) topic for the game jam.