Apply Now: GameChanger 3.3 Central Asia

What: Hackathon focused on creating gamified solutions
Where: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
When: 26-28 September
Working language: Russian
Who can participate: Activists from Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. IT specialists, illustrators and designers from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Organisers: Prague Civil Society Centre, ololohaus.

Accommodation and travel is paid by the organisers.

Русская Версия

Please note, this event is only open to participants from Central Asia. Those from the Caucasus are encouraged to apply to GameChanger 3.2  South Caucasus, which is also currently accepting applications. 

Apply Now: GameChanger South Caucasus

Why GameChanger?

Does your organisation have a track record of helping people and expertise in confronting challenges to civil society? Have you produced reports, guides, brochures, or websites on this topic but are still experiencing difficulty reaching your audience?  Then GameChanger is for you. It’s a 3-day hackathon aimed at helping you translate your content into engaging gamified solutions.

In an overloaded media space, games and mobile apps stand out, especially for young people. By making decisions about a character in the course of playing a game, players begin to sympathise with those characters and understand their problems. The experience of playing can change the player’s perspective and present new models of behaviour.

Games captivate players’ attention, help them process difficult material, and increase the likelihood they will share what they’ve learned on social media. 

Gamification has proven an invaluable tool in the business and media spheres. Now it’s time for non-profits to take advantage of what gamification can offer.  To that end, we’ve invited programmers and game designers willing to share their knowledge for social good to collaborate with us at GameChanger.


What is GameChanger?

GameChanger is a hackathon for civil society activists and an opportunity to work with gamification specialists, IT developers and illustrators to create prototypes of gamified solutions.

The workshop will give you a chance to
• Cooperate with specialists and create working prototypes of game apps that will help your organisation become more effective.
• Cooperate with designers to create interesting characters who your audience can sympathise 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 produce their idea. The teams will participate in webinars and homework assignments to develop their ideas and produce a rough version of their game. Those who successfully complete the assignment will receive recommendations from experts and will be invited to participate in the hackathon in Bishkek.  

Every project selected for the hackathon will be assigned a professional illustrator and a programmer. The teams will have 3 days to create a working prototype of their game. A group of producers will work with every team and help choose the best format and decide on a distribution strategy for the final product.

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

How to Apply: Activists & NGOs (TM, TJ, UZ, KG, KZ)

Any activists or NGO working on a civic or social issue in one of the eligible countries (Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan) 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 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 for NGOs & Activists 

 The deadline for applications is August 15, 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 for Programmers & Designers 

The deadline for applications is August 15, 2019

About the Organisers:

The Prague Civil Society Centre works to empower and support civil societies across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. We are always on the lookout for innovative, tech-based solutions and fresh approaches to solving social issues. 

ololohaus is a group of companies which develops creative spaces in in Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek and Osh. The aim is to create an auspicious atmosphere for creative professionals who can help Kyrgyzstan grow as a cultural and intellectual centre.

Please direct questions to:

Gamification in Action

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

Master of Customs, an interactive browser game made in Ukraine, allows players to step into the shoes of a customs official. 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.”