What the heck is a game jam?

According to Wikipedia, a game jam is a gathering of people for the purpose of planning, designing, and creating one or more games within a short span of time, usually ranging between 24 and 72 hours. Participants are generally made up of programmers, game designers, artists, writers, and others in game development-related fields.

When is it?
  • October 27, 2017.  6PM - 10PM. Orientation, team registration, keynote
  • October 28, 2017 9 AM through October 29, 1 PM - Game Jam
  • Complete schedule is available at https://pittgames4health.com/schedule/
Who can participate?

Games4Health is open to any university student 18 years of age or older.

Overarching Themes

Design and develop a serious or a transformational digital game that addresses critical issues in one of the following areas:

  • Asthma
  • Cancer
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Diabetes self-management
  • Autism
  • Learning disorders
  • Medication abuse
  • Epilepsy or other seizure disorders
  • Food allergies
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Obesity
  • Organ transplant
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Stuttering


  • Games4Health is open to any university student 18 years of age or older.

Hackathon Sponsors


$4,250 in prizes

1st Place (5)

2nd Place (5)

3rd Place (5)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

  • Games4Health is open to any university student 18 years of age or older.
  • Teams must be comprised of 3-5 graduate or undergraduate student-members
  • Teams must be cross-disciplinary and have at least one:
    • Computer science, Information sciences, or Engineering student
    • A Health Sciences student (dental, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health, or rehabilitation sciences)
    • Business student
  • We encourage participants to form teams prior to Games4Health kick-off date.  If you are looking for teammates, please post the following information about yourself on our Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1953854054871443/):
    • Your name
    • University
    • Major
    • Degree
    • Email address
    • Which overarching theme you are interested in
    • What skills will you bring to the team

You can register for Games4Health 2017 through https://pittgames4health.com/registration/


Dmitriy Babichenko

Dmitriy Babichenko

Judging Criteria

  • Relevance / Usefulness
  • Innovation
  • Fun factor
  • Quality of Implementation

Questions? Email the hackathon manager

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