Calling all NYC high school students - do you like playing mobile games and want to make games of your own to show your friends? Do you have an idea that will be the 'next Flabby Birds,' but don't know how to bring it to life?

Calling all members of the NYC tech, design, and art community - do you want to help coach a team of high school students in game development and design for one weekend?

If so, then come to the Spring Break Game Jam, April 12-13! 

Please register for the event through our eventbrite:

Presented by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), and TreSensa, GenTech's Spring Break Game Jam aims to provide New York City high school students from under-resourced communities, the opportunity to learn about professional game development and to build related technical skills. With the support of volunteer mentors, each student team will create a mobile game that runs on the TreSensa Game Engine and a 3-min pitch presentation to showcase their work. At the end of the event, students will demo their games to judges from the tech community, and prizes will be awarded to the winning teams. We hope you can join us!

Hackathon Sponsors


$875 in prizes

First Place

Cash to be divided among team members

Second Place

Cash to be divided among team members

Third Place

Cash to be divided among team members

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


To be eligible for this challenge:

  1. Participants must be registered through our event page.
  2. Participants must be NYC high school students.
  3. Participants must be in physical attendance at the event the entire weekend: 9AM-8PM on both Saturday, 4/12, and Sunday, 4/13.
  4. Teams will be formed on Saturday, 4/12. Teams must contain 4-6 New York City high school students. Each team should must have at least one student from each track: Level Design, Programming, and Art.


  1. Name: Game Title
  2. Description: Please include the following parts and label your response a-c.
    a) Imagine your game is in an app store. Write 5 sentences pitching your game to potential players. 
    b) List the first and last names of all student on your team.
    c) List the first and last names of all mentors on your team.
  3. Screenshots: Include at least two screenshots of your game.
  4. Website URL: To submit your game, upload it to the web and paste the link here.


Donna Terman

Donna Terman
Group Head, Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs

Tereza Nemessanyi

Tereza Nemessanyi
Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Microsoft

Jeb Balise

Jeb Balise
CEO, PuzzleSocial

Allen de la Cruz

Allen de la Cruz
Senior Vice President, Engineering, Major League Gaming

Judging Criteria

  • Art
  • Level Design
  • Programming
  • Overall Communication

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