June 25th – 27th

At the 2018 Games for Change Festival

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The 2018 XR Brain Jam is over. If you’d like to be notified of future jams, you can sign up here.

What is it?

How can concepts from neuroscience be applied to virtual reality experiences? What happens when you take virtual reality expertise and apply it to neuroscience problems?

The XR Brain Jam pairs neuroscience researchers with game development teams and charge them with exploring the intersection of their domains.

Teams work together for two days to learn, discuss, explore, and create experiences that tackle questions like these. And when it’s all done, their work and lessons learned is shared at the Games for Change Festival to over 850 participants.

Apply to Participate

Guidelines for participation:

Participation will be limited to 12 teams.  Selection will be based on combination of individual or team resources and skill sets, makeup of teams and need for balance of creative and engineering skill sets.

Who: We’re looking for both researchers and developers. Participating means committing to the entire duration of the jam. Developer teams will be paired with a neuroscience researcher.

Fees: Participating in the jam is free. We’ve worked with our generous sponsors to fully fund this event and we’re excited to make the entire jam free. This includes attendance and meals as indicated on the schedule.

Festival Pass: Participants in the jam will receive a complimentary pass to the 2018 Games for Change Festival. Attending the Festival is not a requirement of participating in the jam, but is encouraged. Work from the jam will be presented at the Festival and jam attendees are invited to participate.

Developing for XR is very hardware dependent, so we’re working with sponsors to provide each team with a VR ready computer and a set of VR hardware. Developers are expected to bring their own computers, but we’ll be taking care of the XR specific needs.


  • Applications open!
  • May 25th: Early Applicants notified
  • June 10th: Application Deadline (extended from June 2nd)
  • June 13th: Final Acceptance Notifications
  • June 25th – 27th: Jam Event
  • June 30th: Presentation of work at the XR for Change Summit

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Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011


Monday, June 25th: Get oriented and start thinking about ideas!

6:00pm – 9:00pm – Meet all the jammers and kickoff the jam. Dinner will be served.

Tuesday, June 26th: Start making something

8:30am – Doors open and work starts! Breakfast is served.

9:00am-12:00pm – Goldspike technology; Continued ideation and development time

12:00-1:30pm – Lunch and progress presentations

1:30pm-5:30pm – Development time


5:30pm – Dinner break (on your own)

9:00pm – Doors close

Wednesday, June 27th: Finish making something

8:30am – Doors open and work continues. Breakfast is served.

9:00am – 12:00pm – Development time

12:00pm – Lunch

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Wrap up development and reflect with team

5:00pm –  Present work