Home Events [Rerun] Jamming the Curve – COVID-19 Game Jam – Showcase & Awards


Oct 23 2020


10:00 pm - 10:45 pm

[Rerun] Jamming the Curve – COVID-19 Game Jam – Showcase & Awards

Join IndieCade, LabX by the National Academy of Sciences, Georgia Tech, Seattle Indies, and our other partners for a showcase of the finalists for “Jamming the Curve,” a COVID-19 Game Jam that integrates science into games to help players better understand the pandemic and the importance of their individual actions.



  • Alenda Chang
    Alenda Chang

    Alenda Y. Chang is an Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, whose research and teaching encompass environmental media, game studies, science and technology studies, and sound studies. Her first book, Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games, develops environmentally informed frameworks for understanding and designing digital games (University of Minnesota Press, December 2019). Chang co-directs Wireframe, a UCSB studio that promotes collaborative theoretical and creative media practice with investments in global social and environmental justice. She is also the founding co-editor of a new UC Press open-access journal, Media+Environment.

    Chang served as a mentor for the recent IndieCade/Games for our Future Climate game jam.

  • Ann Merchant
    Ann Merchant

    Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC where she leads the institution’s portfolio of creative engagement activities, focusing on innovative outreach programs that contribute to an increased public understanding of science. Her three decades (yes, decades) at the Academies have been characterized by unconventional challenges in service to mission-driven goals and objectives. With a special interest in promoting science, engineering, and medicine through non-traditional channels, she was instrumental in launching and now overseeing The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that seeks to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers. She also has responsibility for LabX, another flagship outreach program of the NAS. She led the NAS initiative called The Science Behind It, a creative campaign consisting of video and web assets aimed at millennial audiences around a variety of science topics. She also has responsibility for the institution’s large-scale outreach events such as TED@NAS, the USA Science & Engineering Festival, and Family Science Day at the NAS. In the now-distant past, Merchant served as marketing director for the Academies’ publishing division where she and her staff promoted and marketed more than 175 new titles every year.

  • Carla Alvarado
    Carla Alvarado

    Dr. Alvarado has a PhD from Oregon State University in Health Policy; she dedicated her dissertation to health disparities research. She has experience in a variety of public health areas, and most relevant to the COVID-19 Game Jam: Jamming the Curve, is her work in public health emergency preparedness and risk communication. As the public health preparedness community liaison in a local Texas health department, she was activated during the 2009 H1N1 response. There she led the crisis and emergency risk communication team and had an active role in mass vaccination planning and implementation efforts.

  • Lindsay Grace
    Lindsay Grace

    Lindsay is a game designer, developer, artist, author and Knight Chair in Interactive Media and professor at the University of Miami School of Communication. He is Vice President for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance and the 2019 recipient of the Games for Change Vanguard award. Lindsay’s book, Doing Things with Games, Social Impact through Design, is a well-received guide to game design. In 2020, he edited and authored Love and Electronic Affection: a Design Primer on designing love and affection in games

  • Rick Thomas
    Rick Thomas

    “Rick Thomas is an Associate Program Officer with LabX, a creative engagement program at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). As part of the LabX team, Rick spearheads initiatives that use games to connect young adults to science.
    His most recent project was Jamming the Curve, a COVID-19 Game Jam organized in conjunction with several partners, including Seattle Indies and IndieCade.

    Prior to joining the NAS, Rick designed educational exhibits meant to connect urban residents to natural spaces within their community. His exhibits have been featured at botanic gardens, natural history museums, science museums, and zoos across the country. Rick holds a B.S. in Ecology and a B.A in Humanities from UC San Diego, a Master of Environmental Science & Management from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara and a Master of Science from the University of Washington.”

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 24 2020
  • Time: 1:00 am - 1:45 am

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