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"CODE RED!": How We Organized a Game Jam From Bomb Shelters


When the full scale war started in Ukraineearly morning on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022the entire GDBAY team was inside the country, peacefully sleeping in their beds, prepared to start the international online game jam they were supposed to host that very weekend. In this talk, Elena will tell you how her team organized a game jam during the first week of war, why they didn't cancel it and kept dates intact, which crisis management techniques turned out to be the most helpful, and which approaches helped keep the team's spirits and motivation up under high levels of stress and uncertainty.

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