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  • Any student enrolled in a middle or high public school in New York City, Dallas or Pittsburgh school districts is eligible to submit a game.

  • The Challenge is only open to students who are enrolled in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 in New York City, Dallas and Pittsburgh public school districts. If you are not sure if you qualify, please contact us!

  • Home school students located in the 3 districts are eligible to participate if they report to the DOE.



  • Students under 18 must have their parent or legal guardian’s permission to participate in the Challenge, and be able to provide contact details and a signature upon request.

  • 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), either as an individual or as part of a team.

  • Educators at NYC, Dallas and Pittsburgh public schools are eligible to submit a game to the competition on their students’ behalf.

  • Students under 13 will need a teacher or guardian to submit a game on their 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 three 2017 themes: Climate Change, Future Communities, or Local Stories & Immigrant Voices.

  • 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 may submit up to three games per person, but no more than one in each theme category. For applicants submitting more than one game, each game must be submitted separately.

  • All entries must be submitted during the submission period (February 7 @ 11:59 AM EST to April 12, 2017 @ 11:59 pm EST.

  • 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 2017.

  • Winners and Challenge participants will be invited to awards ceremonies in each city in June 2017.

  • One Grand Prize Winner from each city will be invited to the G4C Festival in New York City, happening July 31–August 1, 2017.