Apply now: GameChanger 3.1

Applications are now open for GameChanger, a four-day hackathon on gamificaiton and interactive story-telling. Designers, programmers, activists & NGOs should apply by 01 July.

Русская Версия

What? Hackathon on creating gamified solutions

Where? Prague, Czech Republic

When? 15-18 August 2019

Working language: Russian

Who can participate? Activists from Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine and Russia. IT specialists, illustrators and designers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Accommodation and travel is covered by the organisers.


Why GameChanger?

Is your organisation both helping people and bursting with ideas to solve social issues? Does it feel that no matter how many reports, brochures, blog posts or websites you make, people just aren’t engaging with you or following your advice?

If so then Gamechanger could be just what you need – Our 4-day hackathon that turns your recommendations and ideas into simple games guaranteed to engage your audiences.

In an overloaded media space, games and mobile apps can be the deciding factor in winning the competition for attention – especially among young people. Games and character driven stories invite players to empathise with the situation of the characters and understand their perspectives and problems. Games grab people’s attention, help them process and engage with difficult, taboo or unpopular issues and will often result in them sharing it on social media, resulting in more and more engagement with your issue. Games aren’t just an opportunity to present complex issues to new audiences but can also help change people’s behaviour and attitudes in the real world.

There is a reason business and the media have invested heavily in gamification. It works. It’s now time for non-profits to jump on the bandwagon. With expert programmers and game-designers willing to share their experience with groups working on social issues, we invented GameChanger to connect them with NGOs and individuals trying to change things for the better.

 

What is GameChanger?

GameChanger is a hackathon for civic activists to work with gamification specialists, IT developers and illustrators to create prototype gamified solutions.

The workshop will give you a chance to

• work with specialists and create working prototypes of game apps that will help your organisation become more effective
• cooperate with designers to create interesting characters your audience can empathise with
• receive professional feedback on your ideas
• strengthen your ability to work in a team under time pressure
• meet activists and specialists from various countries
• participate in masterclasses on gamification


How does it work?

Selected activists will be partnered with a designer and a programmer to help realise their idea. The teams will participate in webinars and homework assignments to develop their ideas and a ‘skeleton’ of their game. Those who successfully finish the assignment will receive feedback, suggestions and recommendations from experts and will be invited to participate in the hackathon in Prague.  

For every project participating in the hackathon we will create a team consisting of a professional illustrator and a programmer. The teams will have 4 days to create a working prototype of their game. A group of producers will work with every team and help to choose the best format and come up with a distribution strategy for the final product.

Mini-grants will be available to the best projects to help fund the creation and launch of the game.


How to apply: Activists & NGOs (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia)

Any activists or NGO working on a civic or social issue in one of the eligible countries (Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia) can apply for GameChanger. You do not need to have worked with the Prague Civil Society Centre before. We expect fierce competition and will select participants based on:

• Clarity of the application
• Professional competence
• Understanding of the project goals and target audience
• Strength of raw/source material that will serve as a foundation for the educational game

A clear vision of how to distribute the game and access to the necessary communication channels and platforms.

Application form for activists and NGOs (in Russian)

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2019.


How to apply: Programmers & Designers

Any programmer or designer interested in working on social and civic issues can apply. You do not need to have worked with the Prague Civil Society Centre before. We expect fierce competition and will select participants based on:

• Eagerness to help NGOs develop social games
• Clarity of application
• Professional competence

Application form for programmers and designers

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2019.

Any questions please write to 2019gamechanger2019@gmail.com


Gamification in action

Get an idea of what gamification is all about.

Finding Home, an interactive quest game for smartphones created by the UN Refugee Agency. It allows users to see the world through the eyes of Khatijah, a 16-year old refugee from Burma who is looking for her older brother.

Playing Finding Home 

 

Master of Customs, an interactive browser game made in Ukraine makes it possible for everyone to taste the everyday life of a customs agent and the opportunities for corruption that comes with it. The authors of the game “firmly believe that as long as citizens are armed with proper awareness of what goes on in their government, they will be able to hold elected officials accountable in the fight against corrupt governance practices”.

Screenshot of Master of Customs