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RULES & GUIDELINES

> WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

> RULES & ELIGIBILITY

> WORKING IN TEAMS

> GAME GUIDELINES

> EVALUATION PROCESS

> JUDGING CRITERIA

> AWARDS CEREMONY & PRIZES

 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE

  • Any student enrolled in a public middle or high school in one of the following four cities is eligible to submit a game: New York City, Los Angeles, and the greater metro areas of Atlanta and Detroit.

  • The competition is open to the following grade levels in each city.  If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us!

    • Atlanta: 6-12

    • Detroit: 5-12

    • Los Angeles: 6-12

    • New York City: 6-12

  • Home school students located in the 4 districts are eligible to participate if they report to the DOE.

 

RULES & ELIGIBILITY

  • Age Guidelines:

    • Students under 18 must have the consent of a parent, teacher or guardian to submit a game to the competition. Contact information (email and phone number) for this individual must be included on the submission form.

    • Students under 13 will need a teacher or guardian to submit a game on their behalf.

    • All applicants may be required to provide verification of enrollment, age and parental/legal guardian permission

  • Number of Game Submissions:

    • Applicants may submit one game per theme category (either as an individual or as part of a team).

    • Educators may submit a game to the competition on their students’ behalf.

    • The content of all games must be in accordance with the Student Challenge Terms of Use.

 

WORKING IN TEAMS

  • Students can submit as an individual, or in a team of up to four individuals.

  • Each team member must satisfy the eligibility requirements, which includes being able to provide a working email and proof of parent/guardian permission upon request.

  • Each team must designate a 'Team Leader' to complete ONE submission form on behalf of the team and to serve as the representative for all Challenge-related communications.

  • If anyone on the team is under age 13, the Team Leader must be an adult.  

 

GAME GUIDELINES

  • Games must be 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 share the URL of your game and specify the game’s platform in your application.

  • Games must be about one of the 2019 Student Challenge themes in your city. The regional themes include:

    • Atlanta: (1) Automated Communities 2050 (2) Endangered Species (3) Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100

    • Detroit: (1) Automated Communities 2050 (2) Endangered Species (3) Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100

    • Los Angeles: (1) Automated Communities 2050 (2) Endangered Species (3) Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100

    • NYC: (1) Automated Communities 2050 (2) Endangered Species (3) Disrupt Aging: Implications of Living 100 (4) Envision Gender Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

  • Students must complete a separate entry form for each game they enter into the competition. See PDF of submission form here.

  • All entries must be submitted during the submission period: Feb 1 - April 12, 2019 ( Atlanta + Los Angeles) and Feb 1 - April 18, 2019 (NYC + Detroit).

 

EVALUATION PROCESS

Games are judged in three phases, both quantitatively and qualitatively by panels of expert jurors.

  • PHASE I: Each submission is played and scored by a minimum of three jurors; the highest scoring games in each category become competition finalists.

  • PHASE II: Finalist games are played by panels of theme experts and game professionals to determine the winners of each award category. (See: list of award categories).

  • PHASE III: Winning games are played by a special jury industry veterans to determine the Grand Prize Winner. 

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

 

Jurors will evaluate all games using the following criteria: Gameplay, Use of Theme, Originality and Wow Factor (see details here). Finalist games will be selected and notified via email in May 2019.

 

  • GAMEPLAY:

    • 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?

  • USE OF THEME:

    • 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?

  • ORIGINALITY:

    • 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)?

  • WOW FACTOR:

    • How fun is the game?

    • Would you recommend it to someone else to play?

 

AWARD CEREMONY & PRIZES

  • All students are invited to attend the G4C Student Challenge Awards Ceremony in May/June 2019 (Exact dates TBA soon!). Finalists will exhibit their games as part of an Awards Showcase and winners will be annouced during an on-stage Awards Ceremony.

  • Each city will host a local Award Ceremony to celebrate competitors and announce competition winners.

  • Competition winners will receive national recognition and prizes such as games, technology, theme and experiential opportunities and so much more!

  • One Grand Prize Winner from each city will receive a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of Take-Two Interactive. If the Grand Prize winning game was created by a team of students, each student will receive the $1,000 Scholarship.