School of Information Sciences

iFest|TechShop Game Design Challenge now open


Deadline Extension

Proposals must be submitted as a PDF or WORD document to [email protected] by: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014 at 11:59 pm.


The University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences is pleased to announce the iFest|TechShop Game Design Challenge is open and accepting submissions through Friday, October 10.

The challenge is for students to work in teams of three to design and develop an interactive game. As part of the challenge, student teams are required to submit a proposal detailing their game idea and concept. Three student teams will be selected, based on their proposals, to develop working prototypes of their games using the tools and services at Pittsburgh's TechShop. Those three teams will present their game prototypes at iFest 2015 (Friday, Feb. 6).

The team judged to have designed and developed the best game concept and prototype will win a prize of $500 per person.

Wes Lipschultz, Manager of Student Services at the iSchool, says of the competition, “This challenge is a fun opportunity for students to translate their ideas and teamwork into a real product.  Since the skills they will develop in their studies prepare them for future jobs that are changing and being invented every day, we want our students to practice making their creativity a reality.”

Proposal Requirements

Registration Form

If you are interested in participating, please complete the registration form. Please indicate whether or not you have already formed a team to participate in the Game Design Challenge. If you do not have a team, complete the form and we will help you find other students interested in forming a team. If you already have formed a team, all members of your team must complete a separate registration form.


Advising & Support Workshops

iSchool staff and faculty will be available to answer questions and provide advising to teams during the dates/times listed below. Drop by any of these workshops to brainstorm game ideas and concepts, learn how to use Arduino and Hummingbird kits, and get feedback on your proposals. For additional support from staff and faculty, review the RFP here.

Proposal Advising & Introduction to Arduino Kits
Friday, September 19: 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Proposal Advising & Introduction to Hummingbird Kits
Friday, September 26: 2:30PM - 4:00PM

Proposal Advising
Friday, October 3: 2:30PM - 4:00PM

All advising and support workshops will be held on the 3rd floor.


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