Our friends at Health 2.0 with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q) recently announced the $200,000 Games to Generate Data Challenge – a competition among technology developers to create game applications that generate useful health care quality data to improve health and health care.
Games for Health is helping support the challenge by spreading the word, helping with judging entries, and informing the design of the contest.
We encourage everyone in our community and the game development community to consider entering the competition.
What makes this challenge unique are two interesting items:
- The first level of entry requires no more then a great idea, explained in a simple document. You may submit your concept in PDF format, of no more than 8 pages describing the submission. The document should include a software description, a data generation description, and a community deployment approach.
- The Challenge focuses on generating data not just building a game on top of data. This is unique, and offers lots of interesting opportunities. How can you build a game that turns your players into data generators and gatherers? Would you just measure their own decisions? Is it a crowdsource game? The creative opportunities are wide open. In addition, don’t just think of data as numbers on a spreadsheet. Data could include places in the world, photos, Web sites, or data from sensors like pedometers just to name a few.
In this new Game Challenge, competing developers will build upon data from RWJF’s Aligning Forces initiative, County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, and other databases to create game applications that engage patients and health providers in generating new quality data.
The Game Challenge requires participating developers to provide a means for the data generated to be directed toward health care improvement. In playing the developed game applications, participants will be competing or collaborating to improve personal health while simultaneously contributing to the overarching goal of maximizing their community’s health.
The Aligning Forces Game Challenge will be conducted in two phases. Phase one is an open ideation phase for interested developer teams to submit application concepts. In phase two, the top five developer teams from phase one will build upon their initial proposals and create working game applications. The developer of the winning game app will receive $100,000. The second place winner will receive $50,000, and the third place winner will be awarded $25,000.
Winners will be announced in September 2013 and the first place winner will present at the annual Fall Health 2.0 Conference later that month. Developers can learn more and register for the challenge at http://www.health2con.com/devchallenge/?p=12074.
The deadline for entry submission for phase one is February 22, 2013.