Michelle Obama Wants Healthy Video Games
Author: Pete Haas
published: 2010-03-11 11:19:05
One of First Lady Michelle Obama's pet projects is the Let's Move! campaign, designed to eliminate childhood obesity. Interestingly enough, one way that they hope to accomplish this goal is through a video game design competition.
The Apps For Healthy Kids Competition (via Game Politics) challenges Americans to create programs and games that teach "tweens" (ages 9-12) to eat better or exercise more. Prizes ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 will be awarded to winners in the Tools and Games categories. Winners will be determined by a panel of experts (including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak) as well as public voting.
Submissions will be accepted between now and June 30th. You can submit "any kind of software tool or game, be it for the web, a personal computer, a mobile handheld device, console, or any software platform broadly available to the public." However, they must incorporate the USDA Nutrition Dataset in order to be eligible. Additional details can be found at the contest's website.
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