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



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. Games submitted by teams will only be judged against other team submissions (same goes for individual submissions).



Students must have a working email address which will serve as the main communication channel for submission-related updates.



  • Games must be submitted as a digital games playable on a web browser and created in either a free or open platform (i.e. Scratch, Gamestar Mechanic, Unity, Game Salad). You will be asked to specify the game platform and format in your application.
  • Games must be about one of the Challenge Themes available to your city (Kindness & Empathy, Wildlife Conservation, News Literacy, Connected Cities).
  • Each applicant must submit the application form, which requires the game URL and a written description of the social impact goal and gameplay instructions. The submission form will open in February 2018.



The submission portal will open on February 14th and close:

  • ATLANTA: APRIL 30th, 2018
  • LA: MAY 7th, 2018
  • NYC & DETROIT: MAY 14th, 2018
  • PITTSBURGH: MAY 21st, 2018

Games will be evaluated by a jury in May 2018, and celebrated at awards ceremonies in each city in June 2018.



  • 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, Detroit, and Pittsburgh.
  • Students under 18 must have their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Challenge.
  • 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 three submissions) to the Challenge, either as an individual or team applicant.
  • 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.



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 true name, address, birth date, social security number or other federal or state identification number, and school name. 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.