Games For Change Student Challenge

The Games for Change Student Challenge is a game design competition that invites middle and high school students to create digital games about real-world issues impacting their communities. The program includes professional development for teachers, game making courses in public schools and after-school programs, student workshops and game jams, and mentorship by professional game designers. The Challenge culminates in a national competition with awards ceremonies and public exhibitions of student games in each participating city. Since 2015, the Games for Change Student Challenge has reached over 250 teachers and more than 10,500 students across 7 cities: NYC, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Houston. To learn more or participate, visit the Challenge website.

The 2017-2018 Challenge was hosted in NYC, LA, Detroit, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. Over 5,000 students participated in game design courses and game jams and nearly 600 games were submitted to the competition about four themes: Connected Cities (w/ General Motors and the National Organization of Minority Architects), News Literacy (w/ Common Sense Education), Kindness & Empathy (w/ iThrive Games & Born This Way Foundation) and Wildlife Conservation (w/ National Wildlife Federation). Play the 2018 Winning Games here.

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Professional Challenges

Games for Change runs public game design competitions to engage developers and help organizations and causes surface some of the best concepts from around the world. With funding and support from our partners, these challenges have tackled climate change, nuclear security, sexual health and wellness, space exploration, personal nance, and migration.

Challenge Partners

Case Study:
G4C MIGRATION CHALLENGE

Title: G4C MIGRATION CHALLENGE

Description:

Funded though the Lounsbery Foundation, G4C sought partnership with the Migration Policy Institute to launch a design challenge that invited people to submit game concepts that address migration and emphasize integration issues. G4C developed the challenge, raised funds for program execution and prizes, recruited partners, led all promotion, and managed the competition and judging.

Outcomes:
  • 189 submissions received from across the globe that reflected stories of personal struggle and opportunity
  • $10,000 cash prize was awarded to the winner
  • G4C Festival passes were awarded to 4 additional finalist teams
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Case Study:
G4C Nuclear Weapons Risk Challenge

Title: G4C Nuclear Weapons Risk Challenge

Description:

N Square approached G4C with interest in engaging the developer community to address the risk of nuclear weapons. G4C produced a worldwide challenge that sought ideas for games that address this. The challenge was funded by N Square, a multi-funder initiative to end nuclear weapons.

Outcomes:
  • 242 submissions received reflecting a wide range of complex representations of the nuclear weapons landscape
  • $10,000 prize was awarded to the winner, Yvette Chin
  • Following challenge, full prototype of game was built executive produced by G4C and built by Filament Games
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Case Study:
G4C Climate Challenge

Title: G4C Climate Challenge

Description:

G4C introduced the PoLAR Partnership to the Autodesk Foundation when both approached G4C about using games to engage audiences around climate change. The alignment in goals evolved into a multi-team partnership that produced the G4C Climate Challenge. Both teams supported as subject matter experts in their domains (climate science and technology) and the challenge invited experienced game designers to create working prototypes for games that help players understand their role in addressing climate change.

Outcomes:
  • 55 playable games submitted, 4 of which were selected for honorable mention at G4C Festival in front of live jury and 1 of which received the $10,000 grand prize.
  • The winning game Eco received promotional support from Autodesk and will be prominently featured in upcoming Autodesk campaigns.
  • Winning game Eco detailed here: http://www.gamesforchange.org/2016/06/climate-challenge-finalists-announced-winner-to-be-revealed-at-the-g4c-festival/
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