XPRIZE Announces New Learning Initiative and Video Game Design Challenge That Invites Next Generation of Global Innovators to Take Control of Their Future

Foundation pledges thousands of dollars in competition prizes for entrants between the ages of 10 and 18 years old to build games that depict a better future for humanity

 XPRIZE — the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges — announced XPRIZE Connect, a new learning initiative that will democratize access to learning through technology, and allow a new generation of innovators to follow their interests and develop needed skills for the oncoming, fully digital world.

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The first major XPRIZE Connect initiative will be the launch of Code Games: A Global Game-Making Challenge that invites young people ages 10 to 18 years old to design and/or develop a video game across the themes of Exploration, Environment, and Human Equity. Supported by Endless Network, which leverages philanthropic initiatives, partnerships, and educational games to make technology accessible, fun, and safe for all, and developed in collaboration with E-Line Media, entrants could win one of multiple $1,000 prizes when taking the challenge to design and develop an original game about any topic made with a variety of freely available creation tools as well as written game designs.

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A global collection of partners have joined the Code Games mission to motivate the next generation to learn critical skills for the future, including the TGR Foundation, Games for Change, Global Game Jam, BuildBox, Internet of Elephants, LA County Alliance for Boys & Girls Clubs, Teach the World Foundation, University of Texas, Dallas, Dreams Incorporated, Internews, and FilmAid.

Code Games is inspired by a roster of past and current global incentivized competitions from XPRIZE that have accelerated breakthroughs across the industries of private space travel, ocean health, global education, and more. Imagination is the first step in creating change, and Code Games provides competitors a chance to imagine the future they want to create.

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