National Coordination for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage | Game Jam

Héctor Guerrero

Manager, Game developer

Mercedes Villegas

Head, Directorate of Management and Liaison, CNCPC

National Coordination for the Conservation of Cultural Heritage Mexico

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works / Keck Award 2022






This project was created to disseminate the importance of the conservation of cultural heritage and its impact. It brings together participants from various disciplines to create games that reflect the significance and daily work of the professional conservator. The Conservation Coordination of Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH), Mermelada de Juegos Independent Collective and the Argentine Video Games Foundation (FUNDAV) have collaborated to develop these creation events.

The GameJam is held annually in six stages: Induction, Conceptualisation, Pre-production, Production, Post-production and Exhibition, followed by the Dissemination of the games.




The first in-person edition in 2019, was on the conservation of archaeological heritage and centred on the tomb of Pakal in Palenque. The 29 participants from Mexico and Argentina created eight games.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, it was held online, and the conservation of historical heritage focused on the restoration of three sculptures from the Metropolitan Cathedral of Mexico City damaged by the 2017 earthquakes. Eight games resulted, with 60 participants from six countries.

In 2021, also online, the Paleontojam worked on the conservation of paleontological heritage in localities, resulting in 10 games, with 67 participants from nine countries.

In 2022 we disclosed the project and the games in media and social networks, and we won the IIC Keck Award. In addition, in December 2022 we registered a challenge to the Ocean Hackathon (France), on underwater conservation, with one resulting game as the winning project of the Mexico Edition.




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