Games for Change is proud to announce plans with AARP Innovation Labs (also known as The Hatchery) to create a VR Design Challenge. This would be the first VR Challenge for Games for Change who has previously run Games Design Challenges on issues like climate change and immigration. The Hatchery is an innovation accelerator that works with start-ups and investors to discover big ideas and bring them to scale to change how people live as they age.
Through the VR for Change Alcove Challenge, AARP Innovation Labs and Games for Change will aim to inspire more people to think about how VR games can enhance the quality of life as we age, and enable people across all ages to experience simple, beautiful, and impactful VR. The challenge will invite developers to submit a digital game that can have health or wellness benefits for older users. Select winners and finalists may have the opportunity to have their game published on the Alcove platform.
Finalists of the challenge will receive festival passes to give presentations and demos as part of the final jury, live on stage at the Games for Change Festival in New York City in June 2020. Winners and selected games will receive cash prizes and have the chance to be published on the Alcove VR App.
The Challenge is slated to launch in January 2020. Guidelines for The Challenge will be announced later this year.