Any student enrolled in a middle or high school in New York City, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit public school districts is eligible to submit a game.



Jan 31, 2020 Submission portal opens
Mar 31, 2020 Deadline to submit games
April/May 2020 Judges evaluate games
May/June 2020 Award Ceremonies in each city (NYC, LA, Atlanta, Detroit)



Students can submit as an individual, or in a team of up to four individuals. Each member of the team must satisfy the eligibility requirements. Each team must designate a “Team Leader” to serve as representative for all Challenge-related communications.



Students must have a working email address which will serve as the main communication channel for submission-related updates. It is recommended that students provide a personal email address (vs. school email address).



  • Games must be about one of the Challenge Themes available to your city:
    • NYC: (1) A Clean & Happy Earth, (2) Inclusive Play, (3) The Human-Animal Bond, (4) Get The Party Started
    • Los Angeles: (1) A Clean & Happy Earth, (2) Inclusive Play, (3) The Human-Animal Bond, (4) Get The Party Started
    • Detroit: (1) A Clean & Happy Earth, (2) Inclusive Play, (3) The Human-Animal Bond, (4) Get The Party Started
    • Atlanta: (1) A Clean & Happy Earth, (2) Inclusive Play, (3) The Human-Animal Bond
  • Games must be submitted as digital games playable on a web browser and created in either a free or open platform (i.e. Scratch, Unity, Game Salad). You will be asked to specify the game platform and format in your application.
  • Each applicant must submit the application form, which requires the following information:
    • Game title
    • Game URL
    • Game Platform
    • Written description of the game
    • Written description of game’s social impact goal / why the theme is important
    • Any gameplay instructions
    • Optional: Any game design documents, art, etc. 
    • Contact information for a guardian (teacher, parent, etc.) 




  • Is the game playable?
  • Is it smooth and bug-free?
  • Is gameplay well-balanced (not too easy / not too hard)?
  • Do players have meaningful choices in the process of achieving the game’s goals?


  • Does the game address its theme in a meaningful way?
  • Is the theme at the forefront of the game?
  • Is the theme information presented clearly and accurately?


  • Is the game new, fresh and innovative?
  • How unique is the design and game concept?
  • Does it bear little resemblance to other student games (particularly in the case of Scratch remixes)?


  • How fun is the game?
  • Would you recommend it to someone else to play?



  • The Challenge is open only to students who are enrolled in grade 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 in New York City, Los Angeles,  Atlanta and Detroit.  In Detroit only, the Challenge also extends to students in grade 5.
  • Students under 18 must have their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Challenge.
  • Educators at middle and high schools in Challenge cities are eligible to submit a game to the competition on their students’ behalf, and students under 13 will need a teacher or guardian to submit on their behalf.
  • Applicants may be required to provide verification of enrollment, age and parental/legal guardian permission.
  • Applicants may submit one game per Theme (for a maximum of four submissions) to the Challenge, either as an individual or team applicant.



All game submissions must comply with the following content restrictions:

  • The application form and game submission must not contain any personally identifiable information, including but not limited to applicant’s full name, address, birth date, social security number or other federal or state identification number. Application forms and/or submissions that incorporate any of this information will be subject to disqualification.
  • The submission must not contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, including but not limited to privacy, publicity, copyright, trademark, patent, or intellectual property- or property-related rights.
  • The submission must not disparage any person or party affiliated with the promotion and administration of the Challenge.
  • The submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by applicant unless such footage, images or artwork are included as part of the applicant’s chosen game creation platform, part of Challenge website Theme page content, or applicant has obtained all rights necessary to include such footage, images or artwork as part of a submission to the Challenge.
  • The submission must not contain material that is inappropriate, indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, slanderous or libelous.
  • The submission must not contain material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, gender, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age.
  • The submission must not contain material that is unlawful, in violation of or contrary to the laws or regulations in any jurisdiction where the submission is created.

Each applicant must retain a copy of the submission. Challenge administrators are not responsible for, and each applicant specifically releases Challenge administrators from any claims or liability relating to, any loss or damage to the submission. By entering, each applicant represents and warrants that (a) the applicant’s submission and all components thereof, including all ideas, creative elements and any other materials and information contained in the Submission are wholly original with the applicant, (b) no person or entity has collaborated with applicant in creating the submission (unless the game is made by a team, in which case team members may collaborate only with each other and not any other person or entity), provided any material or information for inclusion in the submission, or has any ownership rights in and to the submission or any component thereof, (c) applicant has the exclusive, unconditional right and authority to submit the submission to the Challenge and grant the rights set forth herein, and (d) the submission complies with these Official Rules in full. Submissions must not contain any material that Challenge administrators, in their sole discretion, deem inappropriate for public viewing and/or determine is contrary to their mission. Challenge administrators reserve the right in their sole discretion to disqualify and/or not accept any submission that Challenge administrators determine does not or is likely not to comply with these guidelines, to make such changes to any submission as are necessary to make it compliant, or to require the applicant to do so.