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"CODE RED!": How We Organized a Game Jam From Bomb Shelters

Elena Lobova  (Co-Founder, CBDO, GDBAY)

Location: Room 2010, West Hall

Date: Friday, March 24

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Business & Marketing, Production & Team Leadership

Format: Lecture

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

When the full scale war started in Ukraine—early morning on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022—the entire GDBAY team was inside the country, peacefully sleeping in their beds, prepared to start the international online game jam they were supposed to host that very weekend.

In this talk, Elena will tell you how her team organized a game jam during the first week of war, why they didn't cancel it and kept dates intact, which crisis management techniques turned out to be the most helpful, and which approaches helped keep the team's spirits and motivation up under high levels of stress and uncertainty.


Elena will share crisis management approaches that helped her team uninterruptedly work in one of the most stressful environments imaginable. You will find out how to evaluate risks and prepare for crises in advance, what to do if everything goes wrong anyway, and how to support team in crisis situations.

Intended Audience

This is for anyone who is facing stressful situations at work, but especially team managers and team leaders.