Dreamy results at JamToday Game Jam Utrecht
On the weekend of 12th of June students from ROC Midden Nederland, HKU and Utrecht University and professionals from Tingly Games got together to create games in less than 48 hours related to the theme ‘Sleep Well’. Team Restless Wrestlers won both the jury award and the audience award. Their winning game, Fade Away, is a virtual reality experiences that helps the player relax.
The theme ‘Sleep Well’ was chosen as a theme related to the general theme ‘adopting healthier lifestyles’. Many young people suffer from sleeping problems and exhausting which relates to other health issues. A game made by young people relates to the target audience and can raise awareness and stimulate healthier sleeping habits.
The game jam was opened by a member of the municipal council on health in Utrecht. Afterwards, domain experts gave background information on all kinds of aspects related to sleeping problems: what happens when you regularly sleep to little? What kind of treatments are there? What can you do to improve sleeping habits? And of course: what kind of sleeping apps and games are there already available?
The expert jury consisting of Lisette Jongbloets (youth health doctor municipality of Utrecht), Jelle van der Weijde (Economic Board Utrecht), Marianne van der Horst (municipality of Utrecht), Willem-Jan Renger (HKU), Eric Holtman ( ROC Midden-Nederland), Patrik Post (Wellbeing College ROC) and Lisa van Blokland (PAZIO), got together on the final day to judge the five interesting concepts developed in the weekend.
The winner of both the audience award and jury award, Team Restless Wrestlers, developed a virtual reality experience that helps the player relax called Fade Away. Team Nightmare received an honorable mention for reversing existing game concepts and rewarding players for not playing (ie. not checking their phone or tablet while they should actually be asleep).
Christel van Grinsven (organiser, Dutch Game Garden): “The game jam had an original and exciting theme that inspired the teams, judges and other visitors. The collaboration between students from different backgrounds and experts on health and game design have lead to beautiful concepts.” The winners of the game jam can present their game in Barcelona at the JamToday Fair.
This game jam was made possible by Economic Board Utrecht, Dutch Game Garden, Municipality of Utrecht, ROC Midden-Nederland, HKU and PAZIO.