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

  • The Challenge is only open to students who are in middle and high school. In NYC, LA, Atlanta and Pittsburgh this includes students in grades 6, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th 12th.  In Detroit, middle school also encompasses 5th grade. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us!

  • Home school students located in the 5 districts are eligible to participate if they report to the DOE.



  • Age Guidelines:
    • Students under 18 must have the consent of a parent, teacher or guardian to submit a game to the competition. Students will be asked to provide contact information (email and phone number) for this individual 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 Submissions:
    • Applicants in NYC, LA and Pittsburgh may submit one game per theme category (regardless of whether they are working alone or in a team).
    • Applicants in Detroit and Atlanta may submit one game as an individual and one game working in a team.
  • Educators at NYC, LA, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Atlanta public schools are eligible to submit a game to the competition on their students’ behalf.
  • The content of all games must be in accordance with the content restrictions stated in the Challenge Terms of Use.  



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

  • Each team must designate a 'Team Leader' to serve as the representative for all Challenge-related communications.

  • The 'Team Leader' will complete one submission on behalf of the entire team.

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

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



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

  • Games must be about one of the 2018 themes being offered in your city. The regional themes are as follows:

    • NYC: Kindness & Empathy, News Literacy, Wildlife Conservation & Connected Cities
    • LA: Kindness & Empathy, News Literacy, Wildlife Conservation
    • Pittsburgh: Kindness & Empathy, News Literacy, Wildlife Conservation
    • Atlanta: Connected Cities
    • Detroit: Connected Cities
  • Each applicant (or team) must complete the Challenge Submission form, which requires the game URL and written descriptions of the social impact goal and gameplay instructions. See PDF of submission form here.

  • Students must complete a separate entry form for each game they enter into the competition.

  • All entries must be submitted during the submission period:

    • Start: February 14 @ 11:59 AM EST

    • End @ 11:59 PM EST :

      • ATLANTA: APRIL 30th

      • LA: MAY 7th

      • NYC & DETROIT: MAY 14th
      • PITTSBURGH: MAY 21st
  • Late entries will not be considered for competition.



  • Games will be evaluated by an expert jury on gameplay, originality, use of theme and wow factor.

  • Finalists will be notified in late May 2018.

  • Winners and Challenge participants will be invited to awards ceremonies in each city in June 2018.

  • One Grand Prize Winner from each city will be invited to the G4C Festival in New York City, happening June 28 - 30.