Game Jam

Game Jam: Being an Ally

What is the Being an Ally Game Jam?

The “Being an Ally” Game Jam is a collaboration between the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment in Oakland, California. It will take place October 21st and 22nd from 7:00 PM Saturday to 7:00 PM on Sunday in locations across the US. A winning game will be announced and showcased at the ADL’s national conference on combatting hate, Never is Now, on November 13th in San Francisco. The winning team will be invited to attend and will receive a PS4 or Nintendo Switch. Additional selected games created at the Game Jam will be made available for use by ADL’s network of 27 regional offices in the United States. To register, visit the link here. If you are already registered or would like to know more about the event, then visit here.

Why “Being an Ally”?

In the minds of many, America has never been more divided than it is today. Now more than ever people in communities that are target by bias, bullying, and hatred need others to speak out against these forces in our society and to take action. The games developed as part of this Game Jam will be a tool to help explore and illustrate what it means to be an ally -- both for the people developing the games and for the people playing them afterwards.

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About the Anti-Defamation League

The Center for Technology and Society

In a world riddled with cyberhate, online harassment, and missuse of technology, ADL’s Center for Technology and Society (CTS) aims to be a resource to tech platforms, helping them to identify these type of problems and pushing them to develop proactive solutions. It aims for global impacts and applications in an increasingly borderless space. It is a force for innovation, producing cutting-edge research to enable online civility, protection of vulnerable populations, digital citizenship and youth engagement. CTS builds off over a century of ADL’s experience imagining a world without hate, providing the tools to make that a possibility.

The Anti-Defamation League

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.  Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias curricula for students, countering cyber-hate, and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.


The ADL looking for potential partner organizations to host our “Being an Ally” Game Jam events in connection with the staff in ADL’s regional offices. The requirements for hosting are minimal: all that is required is a conference space that can hold 10- 20 people, wireless internet access, refreshments, and places to plug in the computers that participants will be bringing with them. Your organization will be included in marketing materials and press that the event garners. Some regions will also be taking photographs and recording video of the event, and you will be provided with the final media products as well, which would also feature your organization.

Preparation Tips

In preparation for this event, it is highly encouraged for participants to build and from teams ahead of time. If you choose to do so, you can even begin working on your game right now ahead of the actual event. Whether you are participating alone or with a team you should be using the final 24 hours as a sprint to finish up your game. During this 24 hour period it is highly recommended that you and your whole team are together during this time to avoid any development issues.