Train Jam


March 15 - 17, 2018
Chicago to San Francisco

52 hour game jam…on a train!

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What is Train Jam?

Train Jam is a collection of developers traveling via train to the Game Developers Conference and creating games during the ~52 hours it takes to arrive in San Francisco from Chicago. How does this work?


Announcing our 2018 dates and diversity initiatives »

“I crossed two continents and an ocean to be on the train. No regrets - this is the most creative time I ever spent working, relaxing, nerding out, and developing video games. This is the best video game development filled piece of America you will ever experience!”
Abdullah Hamed • 2014 Attendee

2018 Time Table

March 14, TBD Pre-Jam Activities
March 15, 10am Meet at Chicago Union Station
March 15, 2pm Train Leaves Chicago
March 15, 2pm Jam Kicks Off
March 16, 4pm Half-way!
March 17, 4pm Jam Wraps Up
TBD Post-Jam Festivities

Read full details in the FAQ »

2018 Costs (per person)

Individual Coach Class Ticket $190 USD
Superliner Roomettes $485 USD
Family Style Rooms $575 USD
Deluxe Sleeper Room $725 USD
Pre-Jam Breakfast Included
Snacks on the Train Included
Showcase Space Included (GDC pass not included)

Read full details in the FAQ »

Diversifying Attendees

Train Jam has created a number of initiatives to assist developers from under-represented cultures and genders to attend Train Jam and GDC Learn about our Diversity Initiatives »

We are also working with a number of Universities to offer amazing opportunities for students to participate in Train Jam as well as attend and showcase at GDC.  Learn about Student Opportunities »