Games for Change Climate Challenge: A $10,000 game design competition on climate change

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Help players understand and respond to climate change in their everyday lives


Climate change is no longer a challenge of the distant future. Increased coastal flooding, changing precipitation patterns, and record high temperatures are just some of the climate impacts that communities around the world are facing today. Through the Games for Change Climate Challenge, Autodesk, the PoLAR Partnership, and Games for Change aim to inspire more people to tackle this problem at the local, regional, and global level.

The challenge invites you to submit a working prototype of a digital game that focuses on scientifically-grounded climate solutions, such as preventing carbon emissions, preparing for the impacts of climate change, and/or promoting public awareness and understanding.

Applicants of all experience levels are encouraged to participate. Submissions require a working prototype. Participants are encouraged, but not explicitly required, to use one of the following Autodesk tools in creation of game submission materials: 3ds Max, Maya, Maya LT, or Stingray.

Travel accommodations and festival passes will be provided for up to four finalists to give presentations and demos as part of the final jury, live on stage at the Games for Change Festival in New York City this June.

Before submitting, please be sure to review the guidelines for complete background, competition guidelines, and criteria.

Submit your game idea here.

The challenge is sponsored by Dell, Intel, NVIDIA, and the Columbia Climate Center, with support from the National Science Foundation*.

Key Dates

  • May 6: Deadline for submissions
  • June 6: Finalists notified
  • June 23-24: Winner selected on stage by live jury at Games for Change Festival in New York City


Four Finalists One Selected Winner
  • Two complimentary passes to the 2016 Games for Change Festival
  • Complimentary travel and lodging during Festival
  • Recognition on the Games for Change website and Festival communication
  • Opportunity to present design and network with other funders, activists, and designers
  • $10,000 cash prize
  • Opportunities for mentoring with technical and/or content experts to further develop the winning prototype
  • Promotion on Games for Change’s website and social media channels


* The PoLAR Partnership is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation (DUE-1239783). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. No federal funds will be used in awarding prizes to the Climate Challenge winner.


4 Responses to Games for Change Climate Challenge: A $10,000 game design competition on climate change

  1. David LAURE says:


    Did you announce the finalists !?
    We applied but did not receive any news by now.
    Did you just warn the wnners or what ?

    Thanks in advance for your feedback.

    Kind regards

    • Games for Change says:

      Hi David, thanks for submitting! We’ve announced the finalists <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.

  2. Hello,

    Same question as David.

    We also submitted our game and are anxious to hear who the finalists are :-)

    Best regards,

    • Games for Change says:

      Yes, we recently announced the finalists <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>!

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