All you need is an idea for a game to enter the Games for Change Migration Design Challenge, and the prize is $10,000! The game idea has to be about connecting native-born and immigrant communities.

The game design Challenge is a collaboration between Games for Change and the Migration Policy Institute.

Here’s more information from the Challenge website: “Integration is a two-way street, with existing and newcomer migrant populations both experiencing significant change, offering challenges and opportunity. How can a game help bring these two communities together and introduce solutions for immigrant integration? How can a game experience emphasize community engagement to help migrants and their neighbors improve their understanding of each other?”

People who want to enter don’t have to have game development experience to apply. You just have to have a concept for a game and fill out the entry form. The form asks for a description of the concept along with supporting materials (such as concept art). It also asks about the team that would work on the game. The contest is open to studios, independent designers, students—really, anyone can enter.

The co-sponsor of the Challenge, the Migration Policy Institute, is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit think tank that “provides analysis, development and evaluation of migration and refugee policies at local, national and international levels.” Games for Change (G4c) is a nonrpofit that “facilitates the creation and distribution of social impact games that serve as powerful tools in humanitarian and educational efforts.”

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