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How can I enter the Student Challenge competition?

Students and teachers can enter the competition by filling out the form accessible on the left hand toolbar.


When can I submit my game to the Student Challenge competition?

The 2020 Student Challenge submissions portal is open starting January 31, and will close on March 31 @ 11:59 pm ET. Join the Student Challenge mailing list to stay up to date on next year's competition.


What’s the difference between the Spotlight City competition and the National competition?  What does Spotlight City mean, anyway?

Spotlight Cities include NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Detroit.  These are cities that receive year-round Student Challenge programming, beyond just the competition, and are focused on public schools.  The National competition is a design challenge that is open to all other middle and high school students across the country.


I am a student in Los Angeles.  Will my game submission be entered into the Spotlight City competition or the National?  How do I choose?

You do not need to specify which competition you want to be entered into.  If you are a public school student in one of our Spotlight Cities (NYC, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit), your game will automatically be considered part of the Spotlight City competition.


Are there different submission forms for the local Spotlight City competition and the National competition?

No.  The same form is used for both.


How will the jury evaluate the games? What will I be judged on?

Games will be evaluated by an expert jury on gameplay, originality, use of theme and wow factor.  Details for each evaluation criteria can be found here.


What is the jury process?

Games are judged in three phases, both quantitatively and qualitatively:

  • PHASE I: Each submission is played by minimum of three jurors.
  • PHASE II: Finalist games in each award category are played by theme experts to select winners.
  • PHASE III: Winning games in each city are played by a special jury of industry veterans to determine (a) the ‘best overall game’ winner in each city and (b) the ‘best overall game’ nationally.


​​​​​​How do I submit a game that I created with a team?

Students can submit a game as an individual, or as a team of up to four. The submission process is the same, but you will need to list all team members in the application — and all team members must meet the Challenge’s eligibility requirements. Each team must designate one member as the ‘team leader’ who is responsible for submitting the game on behalf of the entire team.


When are the student winners announced?

Winners will be announced by June 2020. In each Spotlight City, Finalists and Winners will be celebrated at local awards ceremonies. More information on the award ceremonies can be found here.


What types of prizes can I win?

Past prizes include games, tablets, informational meetings, internships and more!  Grand Prize winners in the Spotlight City competition will win a $1,000 scholarship.


How do I contact the G4C Student Challenge?

Send a message to the following email: studentchallenge@gamesforchange.org.