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Rules

The Games4Health team reserves the right to disqualify any teams or submissions if there is speculation of unethical behavior or if any of the following competition rules are not strictly adhered to.

  • Teams must have at least 1 student
  • Can have multiple submissions but only 1 in each category
  • Absolutely no attempting to get "fake" likes on facebook for the people's choice category
  • Each submission must contain 2 videos
  • Teaser video must not go over 90 seconds or submission will be severely penalized for each second over
  • Commercialization video must not go over 3 minutes or will be severely penalized for each second over
  • Each team member must register with the same team name. It is important to use the same team name because prize money will be disbursed to each registered person on the team. Games4Health will not disburse prize money to team members who are not registered.
  • All prize money won will be disbursed evenly among team members and is subject to taxes
  • Past participants can not win again with the same game, unless the game has been significantly altered (i.e. new features, fixed significant flaw etc.)
Register

First, you will need to register for the competition. CLICK HERE to complete the registration form. Each team member must register with the same team name. It is important to use the same team name because prize money will be disbursed to each registered person on the team. Games4Health will not disburse prize money to team

Create Videos

To compete in the competition, all that is required is 2 videos to be submitted. A 90 second teaser video and a 3-minute commercialization video. (Click here to view the judging criteria for the videos)

Select a Challenge

There are five challenges in the Games4Health Challenge 2016. Each challenge deals with a different aspect of health and healthcare, including corporate wellness, adolescent social and emotional health, general fitness, clinical healthcare, and chronic diseases. Your team must select one challenge and design a game or app to meet the challenge. You may submit more than one entry, but each entry can be used only one time. Read the challenges below and decide what you are most passionate about. (Click here to view Challenge Categories)

Teaser Video

The Teaser video allows you to showcase your game in a creative way that captures your audience’s attention and engages with them on an emotional basis. A great Teaser Video would cause the audience to want to immediately download your game or app. This video is open-ended and can be in any form that best presents your game, its purpose, capabilities, and potential. This video must not exceed 90 seconds

Commercialization Video

The Commercialization Video is your chance to tell us how you will implement your game or app. A successful Commercialization Video will convince the judges that your game or app will be a successful business opportunity. This video needs to address the following issues and this video must not exceed 180 seconds
- Provide screen shots, story board and wireframe to provide the look and feel of your game or app
- Provide a description of the revenue and business model to answer the question of where and how you will make money
- Provide a description of the health efficacy of your game or app and how you would test in in a rigorous manner to provide evidence of its efficacy
- Provide a description of the behavior change science embedded in your game or app to get adoption and change behavior to improve health

Get Guidance

Use the 'Get Guidance' section above to get help on creating videos. (Click here to Get Guidance)

Submit Videos

Once the submission period has begun, select the "Submit Videos" tab on the top of the page to submit your videos. (Click here to Submit)

What Happens Next?

The community can view and vote on all submissions. All entries will be reviewed by a challenge moderator to ensure the videos qualify for judging. Next, judges will review all qualified submissions to evaluate the idea based on core gamification principles, practical applications, and video quality. Lastly all entries will be demonstrated at the March 30, 2017 Arcade.

All submissions will be judged based off of the following 9 criteria:

1) Research:
The game gathers research data that is used to improve the game and validate its effectiveness.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

2) Behavior:
The game has identified a clear targeted focus for behavior change and will effectively change the behavior.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

3) Overall ranking:
This game/app is the best in its category.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

4) Commercialization:
There is a clear and effective plan to test the efficacy of the game/app.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

5) There is a clear target market identified with reasonable purchasing criteria.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

6) The target market is highly likely to pay (directly, indirectly, or through third-parties) for the game/app based upon the proposed revenue model.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

7) Gamification:
The player/user of the game/app will be emotionally engaged and find it fun.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

8) The player/user will find the game/app's user experience and navigation simple, intuitive, and easy to use.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

9) The game mechanics such as levels, incentives, social elements, narrative, etc. will ensure the game is fun and challenging.
1 - Strongly Disagree, 2 – Disagree, 3 - Agree, 4 – Agree, 5 - Strongly Agree

Key Dates

  • October 27, 2016 - Registration opens
  • February 10, 2017 - Registration Deadline
  • March 08, 2017 – Submission Deadline
  • March 31, 2017 - Arcade & Gala

Do I have to have a complete game to enter the competition?

No, the focus of the competition is game design. Some students create the full game in alpha, beta or published form. Most others create the wireframe/storyboard design of the game to provide look and feel of the game. The more you do to develop the full game the better your thinking of the game, business model, effectiveness, etc, is likely to be, but that is not required for submission.


Should I test my game before submitting it?

It is often very helpful to get feedback from others, particularly end users, before submitting. You can do this even if you haven't developed the game but are testing the storyboard and game mechanics. Note that it is recommended, but not required to test it before submitting it to the competition.


How much prize money is there this year?

$60,000!


What are the requirements for a team?

Each team must have at least one current student on the team.


Do I need to be affiliated with a university to compete?

No, all are welcomed and encouraged to enter! This is a great opportunity to connect with others in the health and gaming space, whether you are looking to develop as a university student or testing out an idea with friends on the side or anything in between.


How many challenges are there?

There are 6 challenges this year:

  1. Happy Fitness Challenge
  2. Corporate Wellness Challenge
  3. Clinical Health Challenge
  4. Chronic Disease Challenge
  5. Adolescent Mental Wellbeing Empathy Challenge
  6. VR/AR Category

Can I enter more than one idea into the Games4Health competition?

Yes, you may, but each submission can compete in only one category.


Any additional questions?

Reach out to us at games4health@utah.edu

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