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Join Spongelab at the Royal Ontario Museum 2016 Game Jam this week! Get 20% off admission with promo code SPONGELAB at We’ll be there designing games with our latest HTML5 engine. This year, almost 100 teams will be participating in the 3 day event held from September 16-18th inspired by the ROM’s upcoming Dawn of Life exhibit. Teams consist of game designers, coders, software engineers and enthusiasts alike. This year’s theme has us bringing early life on Earth into the digital age. Teams will design games and animations that could be featured on the ROM’s online arcade, and in the future exhibit itself.

Image courtesy the ROM and Stacey Lee Kerr @staceyleekerr (

The Dawn of Life exhibit will bridge the gap of the ROM’s current Teck Suite of Galleries: Earth’s Treasure and the James and Louise Temerty Galleries of the Age of Dinosaurs currently on display. Not only will this gallery contain some of the earliest, and rarest fossil evidence around, it will incorporate a great deal of modern technology. Among the games created at the 2016 Game Jam the new exhibit will also be feature virtual reality, interactive technology, and advanced 3D printing.

A preview for the upcoming Dawn of Life gallery is already up featuring some of the ROM’s collection of Burgess Shale specimens. Some never before seen by the public.

The GameJam will feature 24 hours of programming and design time. You can visit the ROM Monday to Thursday, 10:00 am to 5:30pm, Friday 10:00am to 8:30pm or over the weekend from 10:00am to 6:00pm.

You can play test ours, and other’s games in the Earth Rangers Studio on the 3rd floor of the ROM on Sunday September 18th from 12pm to 5pm.

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