Jamming the Curve


These terms and conditions (these “Terms”) apply to all content submitted to the Jamming the Curve Game Jam (“Jamming the Curve”).

The Jamming the Curve Game Jam is organized by The IndieCade Foundation (“IndieCade”), the National Academy of Sciences (“LabX”), and Seattle Indies. IndieCade, LabX, and Seattle Indies will be referred to in these Terms individually as an “Organizer” and collectively as the “Organizers”.

You agree to be bound by these Terms when you participate in or submit any content to Jamming the Curve (a “Submission”).

1. Jamming the Curve Awards and Prizes

1.1     Awards and Prizes

The Organizers will present awards to the best games submitted to Jamming the Curve. These awards will include a number of Honorable Mentions and a $1,000.00 prize from LabX (a “Prize”) to five finalist teams. These award winners will have their Submission featured at the Jamming the Curve showcase at the IndieCade Anywhere and Everywhere Festival which will be held from October 16 – 24, 2020.

1.2     Award Notices

Award recipients will be notified on or around October 12, 2020.

1.3    Claiming Your Prize

To claim your Prize, you must transmit all necessary documentation to LabX within 72 hours of the Jamming the Curve showcase. Finalists who are not U.S. citizens may be required to submit additional paperwork and may be subject to additional taxes. Any finalist that fails to do so may forfeit their Prize to a runner-up, at LabX’s sole discretion.

1.4     Prize Usage

You may use your Prize to continue development of your Submission, but you are not obligated to do so.

1.5     Teams

If you are on a team, the entire team will receive a single Prize. When a team submits a game they will be responsible for designating a team lead that will be the official recipient of the Prize. The team lead is responsible for determining how to split the Prize among teammates.

1.6     Additional Game Development Grant

The five finalists will be eligible to submit a proposal to LabX for an additional $20,000 game development grant. Additional details about this game development grant will be made available at a later time.

1.7     Award Eligibility

You must be at least 16 years old to receive a Honorable Mention award and 18 years old to receive a Prize. If you are under the age of 18 and would like to be eligible for a Prize, your parent or legal guardian must agree to these Terms on your behalf when you submit. You must be able to receive an Automated Clearing House (ACH) or wire payment and be someone to whom we can legally make a payment under U.S. law.

1.8    Taxes

Certain prize payments may be subject to tax reporting and withholding. The National Academies does not make any determination regarding the applicability of federal or state local income taxes, and that responsibility for the reporting and payment of income taxes rests solely with you.
Direct questions relating to the Prizes and other awards to Rick Thomas at rthomas@nas.edu.

2. Evaluation of Submissions

After the Organizers’ staff perform an initial screen for eligibility, your Submission will be scored by a panel of jurors based on:

          The topic of the Submission and how well the topic adheres to the themes of Jamming the Curve.

          The accuracy and relevancy of the scientific information contained in the Submission.

          The content, art, audio, and gameplay of the Submission.

          Such other factors as determined by the Organizers.

The five highest scoring Submissions that meet all submission eligibility criteria will be nominated as finalists. The decisions of the jury are final and are not subject to subsequent review.

3.  Submission Eligibility Criteria

You must fulfill the following criteria to be eligible for an award:

          Your Submission must be a functional prototype.

          Your submission must be uploaded to Itch.io by the submission deadline (11:59 PM PDT Oct 1st). By submitting you agree to be bound by Itch.io’s Terms of Service.

          At least one member of your team must be able to attend the virtual Jamming the Curve showcase to receive your award at the IndieCade Anywhere and Everywhere Festival.

          You may only submit your own work. Plagiarized, forged, or other copied works will be automatically rejected.

–          Your submission must be created in the timeframe of the Jam – previous games you have worked on will not be eligible for prizes. However, you may use previously created art assets or systems from other games you may have worked on or from various asset stores as long as they are properly credited.

          The assets contained in your Submission must belong to you or be used under an appropriate license, which you agree to provide to the Organizers upon request.

          Your Submission must include the name and title of each person on your team.

          You may not impersonate another person or submit anything on another person’s behalf without their written permission, which you agree to provide to the Organizers upon request.

          You may only submit one Submission to Jamming the Curve.

          Your Submission may not contain any material that violates the intellectual property rights of any person.

          Your Submission may not contain any material that is unlawful, obscene, defamatory, threatening, pornographic, harassing, or offensive, or that gives rise to criminal or civil liability, violates any law, contains any malicious code, or violates the privacy of any person.

          Employees and family members of the Organizers or the jury will not be eligible for awards.

The Organizers may, in their sole discretion, reject any Submission for any or no reason.

Direct questions regarding the submission process or submission criteria to IndieCade on the IndieCade Discord or email jam@indiecade.com.

4.  Nonexclusive License

You are the sole owner of your Submission, subject to the licenses granted herein.

By submitting a Submission to, or otherwise participating in, Jamming the Curve, you:

(i) Grant the Organizers a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free and cost-free, unrestricted, unlimited, irrevocable, perpetual, and sub-licensable right and license to use, copy, reproduce, distribute, have distributed, make derivative works of, display, exhibit, perform, and promote your Submission, or any portion of your Submission, and your name and likeness in connection with the operation of their businesses, including but not limited to, the operation, marketing, and promotion of Jamming the Curve and the IndieCade Anywhere and Everywhere Festival;

(ii) Waive any moral rights you may have in your Submission, except as prohibited by law.  To the extent you cannot waive such moral rights, you irrevocably agree not to exercise such rights in a manner that interferes with the Organizer’s exercise of their license; and,

(iii) Warrant and represent that you own the Submission or otherwise have all the necessary rights, consents, and permissions to control the Submission and grant the licenses contained in these Terms, and that the public posting or other use of the Submission by the Organizes will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party.

5.  Engine Licenses

By using the HTML-based simulation engine, you agree to the terms and conditions of the Georgia Institute of Technology HTMLengine license.

By using the Unity-based simulation engine, you agree to the terms and conditions of the Georgia Institute of Technology unityengine license and to the Unity Terms of Service.

The organizers are not responsible for the terms of service, privacy policies, licenses, or other contracts of any third-party.

6.  Interactions with Other Participants

You are solely responsible for your interaction with other participants of Jamming the Curve. The Organizers are not liable for the conduct of or content posted by any participant.   


7.  Indemnification

You are solely liable for your Submission and agree to indemnify the Organizers against any and all claims related to or arising out of your Submission. The Organizers disclaim any and all liability for the content of your Submission.

8.  Choice of Law, Choice of Forum, Consent to Jurisdiction

These Terms are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the United States and the state of California, without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. Any disputes arising out of or relating to these Terms shall be tried in the state and/or federal courts located in Santa Monica County, California. The parties irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts and waive all arguments based on venue and convenience of the forum.

9.  Severability and Integration

These Terms constitute the entire understanding between the parties regarding the subject matter and these Terms supersede all prior or contemporaneous oral, written, or electronic statements, agreements, communications, or proposals. In case any provision contained in these Terms should be found invalid, illegal, or unenforceable in any respect by a court of competent jurisdiction the offending provision shall be removed and the remaining provisions shall be interpreted in accordance with the intent of the parties.


Questions about Jamming the Curve and these Terms should be directed to jam@indiecade.com.


The EXTENDED deadline for submission is:

11:59 PM Pacific time on October 2, 2020