Bringing Researchers and XR Creators Together


Experience with XR technologies specifically (virtual reality, augmented reality, mixed reality,  input peripherals, etc) is not required to participate in the XR Brain Jam. One of the jam’s goals is to expand exposure to this technology to researchers and developers. However, if you have experience working with these platforms, particularly for tech developers, this is a plus. 

Normally, we provide XR hardware for teams’ use during the jam. This year, because the XR Brain Jam will be held online, it will be important for teams to work with platforms that their members have access to during development as we will not be able to ship hardware to each participant. We are also encouraging teams to focus more on desktop, web, and mobile-based AR applications this year.

Absolutely! We have a number of attendees who have participated for multiple years, including several who have been part of every Brain Jam so far. 

There are no direct monetary prizes for the XR Brain Jam.

Our expert panel guests will award several honorary laurels to projects based on potential they see. Several projects will also be asked to be part of a live session at the Games for Change Festival in July. In addition, there are a number of opportunities beyond the XR Brain Jam, such as Games for Change incubators, which XR Brain Jam teams may be invited to submit their project to, should they wish to pursue funding and further development. 

We work very hard to ensure a good mix of expertise at the jam to ensure that each team has the development skills and subject matter expertise they need to be successful. The application process helps us meet this goal.

It is free to apply to the XR Brain Jam. Accepted applicants are asked to pay a small seat reservation fee of $20. We ask for this fee as a token of commitment to show up for the jam, as every attendee’s skills are needed to help the teams be successful. This fee is waived for all XR Brain Jam alumni.

Because the XR Brain Jam is online in 2021, we are excited about the possibility of participation by folks who may not have been able to otherwise join us in New York City. There are no geographic restrictions on participants, however keep in mind that all jam events will be based on NYC’s Eastern Standard Time. Jam participants also must be legal adults and have reliable internet access.

Yes, you must attend the full jam. It’s not fair to your teammates if you can not fully participate. The 2021 event will be 100% online, facilitated via Discord and Zoom

The 2021 XR Brain Jam spans two weekends, from June 19th to June 27th.  Although the detailed schedule is not yet posted, the time commitment on June 19th and June 20th will be approximately 2-3 hours each day. During the following weekend, participants should be available to work with their teams from 5pm EST on Friday until 7pm EST on Sunday, and plan to attend about 5 hours  of structured jam events over those three days. A more detailed schedule will be posted closer to the event. 

Creators and Subject Matter Experts accepted to the XR Brain Jam will be grouped into teams based on topic interest and skill sets. Creators that applied as a team will be assigned to the same team. Prior to the jam, all participants will get access to the Games for Change XR Brain Jam Discord Server where they can meet each other and begin sharing information about their topics.

Yes! We encourage XR Brain Jam participants to apply with others, particularly our XR Creator applicants. If you have colleagues you’d like to work with for the Jam, please remember that everyone must submit their own application separately. In your application, list the names of your intended teammates in the “If you are applying with others…” field.

The “normal” XR Brain Jam takes place over an in-person event in New York City, usually right before the Games for Change Festival. We love that in-person format and look forward to resuming it, hopefully in 2022.

Although it looks like the covid-19 pandemic is winding down, due to ongoing risks and uncertainty, we have decided to host this year’s XR Brain Jam fully online. 

Yes, XR Brain Jam Participants will also get a full pass to attend the  2021 Games for Change Festival.

We’ll be using Discord, Zoom, and Google Drive to facilitate presentations, workshops and co-working during the 2021 XR Brain Jam.

The 2021 Expert Panel has not yet been announced. Stay tuned!