Games for Change Climate Challenge – Prize of $10,000 USD!

Games for Change Climate Challenge – Prize of $10,000 USD!

Deadline: May 6, 2016

The PoLAR Partnership, Autodesk, and Games for Change (G4C) will award a prize of $10,000 USD to one winner to create a digital game that engages players to understand their role in addressing climate change. Games can help inspire curiosity, creativity, collaboration, optimism, and problem-solving, all of which are crucial elements in the collective impact to solve the climate challenge.  Research shows that the best way to engage people in learning about and responding to climate change is to make it personally relevant.

Games should focus on scientifically-grounded climate solutions: preventing carbon emissions, preparing for impacts, and/or promoting public awareness and understanding.  The winning game will be engaging, entertaining, and empowering, allowing players to learn more about climate change and to better understand what they and others can do to make a difference.


  • Four Finalists
    • 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.
  • One Selected Winner
    • $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.


Open to game designers, educators, students, and scientists of all experience levels to propose a game that encourages diverse audiences, including (but not limited to) college students, decision makers, and lifelong learners, to understand and respond to climate change in their everyday lives.

Application Process

Submit online.

Submissions require a working prototype. 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 NYC this June.

Key Dates

  • March 14: Climate Challenge launches and submissions open
  • May 6: Deadline for submissions
  • May 20: Finalists notified
  • June 23-24: Winner selected on stage by live jury at Games for Change Festival in New York City

For more information, visit G4C Climate Challenge.