Pocket Change Game Design Challenge: Win $10,000 for your idea to help youth bank on their financial future

Show young Americans how savings makes cents in our $10,000 game design challenge!

Financial challenges plague many Americans who are living paycheck to paycheck and not establishing safety nets through savings. In the U.S., 44 percent of all households do not have a sufficient financial reserves to weather a financial crisis, according to the nonprofit CFED.

Transformance and Games for Change seek game ideas that will help American youth make sense of their financial future in the Pocket Change Game Design Challenge, which offers a $10,000 cash prize. The game should introduce the basic concepts of savings and outline what players need to start overcoming debt and building their wealth. The winning game will be promoted and used in collaboration with Transformance e-learning platform and financial literacy tools that promote lifelong financial stability.

This challenge is open to entrants from around the world and particularly seeks entries from commercial game studios, independent developers, and students in the Greater Austin and Dallas-Fort Worth region, where Transformance works to boost financial literacy. Applicants should have experience in or familiarity with game design and development.

Help Americans find financial stability and give them the confidence to bank on their future! Submit your game idea here.

Key Dates

  • Dec. 1: Contest announced
  • Feb. 5: Submissions due
  • Feb. 22: Top five selected and notified
  • Mar. 18: Top five finalists present to live jury at Transformance’s event in Dallas, and a winner is selected

The winning game developer will receive a $10,000 cash prize and the winning game will be distributed through the Pocket Change Financial Learning Hub platform (the online portal and mobile app developed by Noggin Labs) and featured as part of the Transformance outreach to young adults ages 15 to 24. Additionally, Istation, an e-learning program used by more than 4 million students and educators globally, will provide in-kind development support to the winner through access to its design facilities in Dallas and mentoring support.

Click here for a complete background, competition guidelines, and criteria.

About Transformance
The $10,000 Pocket Change Game Design Challenge is presented by Transformance, a nonprofit founded more than 40 years ago as Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas. Other challenge sponsors include Istation, Noggin Labs and Lumos Partners.



Two questions:

1. Is the deadline to submit Jan 22 or Feb 5?

2. Will the winner need to do the programming and art in the six months after the contest?

Games for Change

Hi Ray!

1. The deadline to submit is February 5.

2. The winner and/or their team will need to produce a pilot of the game within six months. If you're in the Dallas area, Istation will provide in-kind development support to the winner through mentoring and access to its design facilities.

Please let us know if you have any other questions.


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