Create games to address health conditions in teenagers and adolescents

What the heck is a game jam?

According to Wikipedia, a game jam is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Participants are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, writers, and others in game development-related fields.

When is it?
  • October 27, 2017.  6PM - 10PM. Orientation, team registration, keynote
  • October 28, 2017 9 AM through October 29, 1 PM - Game Jam
  • Complete schedule is available at https://pittgames4health.com/schedule/
Who can participate?

Games4Health is open to any university student 18 years of age or older.

Overarching Themes

Design and develop a serious or a transformational digital game that addresses critical issues in one of the following areas:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes self-management
  • Autism
  • Learning disorders
  • Medication abuse
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • Food allergies
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obesity
  • Organ transplant
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Stuttering

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Prizes

Samsung Gear 360 camera

Samsung Gear VR headset with controller

Wacom Intuos Art Pen and Touch digital graphics, drawing & painting tablet

Presentation at the University of Pittsburgh 3rd Annual Integrative Conference on Technology, Social Media, and Behavioral Health (3)

The top three teams will present their solutions at the University of Pittsburgh 3rd Annual Integrative Conference on Technology, Social Media, and Behavioral Health on November 3, 2017. Babs Carryer, Director of Education and Outreach, Innovation Institute University of Pittsburgh, will present Games4Health awards.

Commercialization consluting (3)

The top three teams will receive one-on-one consulting with Innovation Institute Entrepreneurs in Residence on developing their solution into a commercial product

Automatic admittion into the University of Pittsburgh Blast Furnace program (3)

The top three teams will be automatically admitted into the University of Pittsburgh Blast Furnace program

Pitt Innovation Week presentation

The winning team will have an opportunity to present their project during Pitt Innovation Week (the week of November 13th)

Automatic entry into the 2nd round of Randall Family Big Idea Competition

The winning team will be automatically entered into the 2nd round of Randall Family Big Idea Competition

2018 Serious Play Conference tickets

The winning team will receive free admission to the 2018 Serious Play Conference

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Eligibility

  • Games4Health is open to any university student 18 years of age or older.

How to enter

  • Games4Health is open to any university student 18 years of age or older.
  • Teams must be comprised of 3-5 graduate or undergraduate student-members
  • Teams must be cross-disciplinary and have at least one:
    • Computer science, Information sciences, or Engineering student
    • A Health Sciences student (dental, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, or rehabilitation sciences)
    • Business student
  • We encourage participants to form teams prior to Games4Health kick-off date.  If you are looking for teammates, please post the following information about yourself on our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1953854054871443/):
    • Your name
    • University
    • Major
    • Degree
    • Email address
    • Which overarching theme you are interested in
    • What skills will you bring to the team

You can register for Games4Health 2017 through https://pittgames4health.com/registration/

Judges

Dmitriy Babichenko

Dmitriy Babichenko
University of Pittsburgh

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance
  • Innovation
  • Fun factor
  • Quality of Implementation
  • Business and Marketing