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G4C Student Challenge Game Jam: Connected Cities

Games For Change
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Join us for a day of game design filled with challenge and creativity! Games for Change is hosting a game jam which challenges students to create social impact games around the topic of Connected Cities. This topic revolves around the technology and design of our urban spaces, to which more and more people are concentrating every year. Think about how you can reimagine aspects your everyday life– is there a playground or park near your home? Can your parents walk to a grocery store or do they need to drive or catch a bus? Is the temperature at your school comfortable all year round? What would you redesign in your city to make it more inviting using technology?

During the jam, you’ll have an opportunity to learn more about this topic with design experts from the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). In addition, professional game designers will teach you the basics of game design and guide you through the process of creating your own digital and non-digital games. Whether you’re a seasoned game designer or a complete newbie, you’ll be able to develop your skills and make great games that can make the world a better place!


11:00AM - 11:15AM: Welcome + Introductions
11:15AM - 11:30AM: Game Modification Warm-Up
11:30AM - 12:15PM: Theme Presentation
12:15PM - 1:00PM: Paper Prototyping / Analog Game Jam
1:00PM - 1:30PM: Lunch & Arcade
1:30PM - 3:30PM: Digital Game Challenge
3:30PM - 4:00PM: Pitches / Share-Out


This is the second of four game jams Games for Change is holding this Spring as part of the 2018 G4C Student Challenge program in NYC. The events are open to all middle and high public school students in NYC. Each game jam focuses on a particular theme, with activities facilitated by game designers, theme content experts and organizations leading the way in STEM, game design and social impact. Through the game jams, students get to meet professional game designers, investigate the designated theme with help from content experts and civic leaders, and develop their game-making skills.


The G4C Student Challenge is a digital game design competition that invites middle and high school students to create original games about four real-world themes: News Literacy, Wildlife Conservation, Kindness & Empathy and Connected Cities. The 2017-2018 program is running in NYC, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh. Challenge winners win prizes such as games, technology and mentorships. An awards ceremony and exhibition of student games will be hosted in each participating city in June 2018.

To participate in the Student Challenge, visit: www.gamesforchange.org/studentchallenge. Take note, the submission deadline for the Challenge is April 30th!


How do I contact the event organizer?

Please email studentchallenge@gamesforchange.org

Do I need to bring a laptop to the event?

Students are encouraged to bring their own laptops to the event, but it is not a requirement. We will have laptops available on-site.

What platform or programming languages will we be using to design games?

First we will focus on non-digital and make our own board/card games. Then we will create digital games using Scratch.

Do I need to have experience with game design to attend?

No the event is open to newbies, advanced designers and everything in between.

I've already begun my Student Challenge game. Can I come to the jam to work on it?

Absolutely! Feel free to bring your game, even if it is on a different platform or theme than te jam is focused on.

Do I need to bring my lunch with me?

No, complimentary lunch will be provided for participating students.