HHSignite (beta): CDC Health Game Jam 2013
Submitted by staff from: CDC + External Partners
- Dan Baden, CDC/OSTLTS
Other Team Members:
- Peter Jenkins, CDC/OD
- Leigh Willis, CDC/OID\NCHHSTP\DHAP
- Tom Savel, CDC/OSELS
- Ben Sawyer, RWJF’s Games for Health Project
- Tony Tseng, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta
- Andrew Greenberg, Georgia Game Developers Association
Project Lead’s Approving Supervisor:
Kristin Brusuelas, Senior Liaison Officer, CDC/OSTLTS
Summary: Supports a CDC partnership with RWJF’s Games for Health Project, the Georgia Game Developers Association, and Atlanta universities to host a 48-hour game-development challenge. Winner of this challenge will be offered a 6-week paid internship at the CDC.
This project combines two emerging and exciting fields: The “Gamification” of problem solving; and “Contests, Prizes, and Challenges” to spur innovation and creativity.
CDC will partner with Games for Health Project, the Georgia Game Developers Association, and Atlanta universities to host CDC Game Jam 2013, a 48-hour competition to develop working demos of health-related “serious” computer games/apps. CDC experts will work with Game Jam teams, comprising game designers, programmers, and artists.
“Serious” games are those designed for a primary purpose other than pure entertainment. For example: Foldit is a computer-based puzzle game that, through its interplay, revealed the enzyme structure of a monkey HIV virus that had eluded scientists for years.
The games developed will address CDC’s “winnable public health battles” and HHS priorities. The top five demos will be judged by health game development companies. Winners will be announced at the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Game Expo at their Games for Health day, October 4th, 2013. The winning team will be offered a 6-week paid internship at CDC to learn about public health, the Federal government, and to further develop their game in preparation for release in December 2013.
Additional support will come from RWJF and the CDC Foundation.