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 FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS  

          REGISTRATION   FAQs     

Question:  How old must I be to register and compete?

Answer:  Contestants must be between 13 years of age the day Hopeathon Hawaii registration begins on TBD, 2022 and 18 years of age the day Hopeathon Hawaii ends on TBD, 2022.

 

Question:  Will it cost me anything to register?

Answer:  No. Contestants register and compete for free.

Question:  Can I live outside of Hawaii to compete?

Answer:  No.  You must reside on one of the Hawaiian Islands between the day the Hopeathon Hawaii competition begins on TBD, 2022 and TBD, 2022 to compete in this contest.

Question:  Do I need to be a student to compete?

Answer:  Yes. Teens between the ages of 13 and 18 must be attending grades 7 through 12 at a Hawaiian Island based public school, private school, charter school, or homeschool group during its Fall 2022 school term.

Question:  Do I need to know how to develop video games to register?

Answer: No. There are many tutorials out on the internet and on YouTube that will teach you how to develop video games.  Our Hopeathon Hawaii website provides links to some of this information, and from TBD, 2022 to TBD, 2022 we will be offering channels on the Discord website with IT experts to help answer any questions you may have as you develop your game. Visit our Resources page for more information.

Question:  Do I need to buy special software or a subscription to a particular game engine to develop my video game?

Answer:  No. There are several free video game engines out on the internet that are free for you to use such as Stencyl, GDevelop, GoDot, Unity, etc. (Hopeathon Hawaii does not endorse these games but is merely illustrating what some of the game engines are).  Visit our Resources page for more information.

 

Question:  Do I need to buy a computer or internet services or install game development software to develop my video game?

No:  If you do not have your own computer or your home computer does not have access to the Internet you should be able to arrange to use your school’s computer lab or computers at your local library to develop your game.  Most game engines are posted on the internet (some for free) and you should be able to find ones that will not require you to install them on your own computer. Visit our Resources page for more information.

 

Question:  How many times can I register?

Answer:  A student can register only one time. You must register as either an “Individual” developing your own game, or as a member of a “Team” developing its own game.

 

Question:  Do I have to be part of a team?

Answer:  No. You can compete as an “Individual” contestant developing your own game.

 

Question:  Do I have to compete alone as an individual?

Answer:  No. You can compete as a member of a “Team” developing its own game.

 

Question:  Can I submit more than one game?

Answer:  No. Each Individual contestant or Team of contestants must submit only one game for scoring.

 

Question:  Can a Team submit more than one game?

Answer:  No.  Each Team must submit only one game for scoring on behalf of all contestants on the Team.

 

Question:  Can each member of a Team submit their own game?

Answer:  No.  All members of a Team must submit only one game for their Team collectively to be scored.

 

Question:  Do I need to have permission from a parent or guardian?

Answer:  If you are under the age of 18 when the development portion of the contest begins on TBD, 2022 you will need your custodial parent or your legal guardian to give us permission for you to compete.

 

Question:  Does my sponsoring teacher have to be a computer teacher?

Answer:  We prefer to contact a teacher that has either taught you in the past or is currently teaching you in computer programming.  However, a teacher of math or similar technical subject is acceptable.

 

Question:  Do I need to have a sponsoring teacher?

Answer:  Yes.  We need to contact a teacher that has either taught you in the past or is currently teaching you to verify that you are the correct age, and have the potential to compete successfully in developing an online video game.

Question:  I am a homeschooled student.  Who can I use as a sponsoring teacher?

Answer:  An instructor from your homeschooling group should be used as your sponsoring teacher. Preferably, this person should not be your parent or guardian.

Question:  Why must I provide a description of my game on DevPost when I register?

Answer: We can only support a limited amount of contestants and games. If more contestants register than we can handle we will use the description of games on DevPost to decide which games being proposed are the most age appropriate for Hopeathon Hawaii.

 

Question:  What happens to my game after Hopeathon Hawaii is over?

Answer:  Hopeathon Hawaii owns the rights to all games developed for the competition and will be posting them publicly online in a video game repository for students at Holy Nativity School to use for free. They will also be advertised as available to children in Hawaii and across the United States to use for free.

 

Question:  Can I submit an existing game that I developed before Hopeathon Hawaii started?

Answer:  You can submit an existing game that you developed previously as long as that game has not been released publicly or for profit, and as long as the game is modified significantly during the competition time period. Note that the revised version of your game will be solely the property of Hopeathon Hawaii.

 

Question:  Can a team submit an existing game a team member developed before Hopeathon Hawaii started?

Answer:  You can submit an existing game that a team member developed previously as long as that game has not been released publicly or for profit, and as long as the game is modified significantly during the competition time period. Note that the revised version of your game will be solely the property of Hopeathon Hawaii.

 

Question:  Can a parent, teacher, sibling, friend, mentor, or other person develop my game for me?

Answer:  No.  Your game must be developed by the Individual contestant or by contestants of the same Team.  Parents, teachers, friends, mentors, and others may help advise you if you get stuck but are not allowed to develop any portion of your game, with the exception of creative content production or vocal work provided by Hopeathon Hawaii.

 

Question:  What is the cutoff time for registering?

Answer:  Because game development officially begins at 12:00 a.m. on TBD, 2022, all contestants must complete their registration by 11:59 p.m. on TBD, 2022.

Question:  How do I register to compete in Hopeathon Hawaii?

Answer: Go to www.hopeathonhawaii.org/register and read the instructions before clicking on the “Register” button.

 

Question:  Do I need to do anything special to register?

Answer:  Yes. The “Register” button will send you to the DevPost public hackathon site. You must create a DevPost account, search for Hopeathon Hawaii, click on “Register for Hackathon”, create a project and submit it.

 

Question:  Why do I need to submit a project on DevPost in order to register for Hopeathon Hawaii?

Answer:  DevPost’s registration process asks for only a little bit of information from you. We need your video game’s name and description along with parent and sponsoring teacher information. DevPost’s project creation process gathers that information for us but will not pass it along to us until you submit your project.

 

Question:  Do I have to create and submit my project in DevPost as soon as I register for Hopeathon Hawaii in DevPost?

Answer:  No. Between TBD, 2022 and TBD, 2022 you can go into DevPost and register on one day, create your project a day or more later, come back to edit your project a day or more later, and then submit your project by August 5th.

 

Question:  Can I edit my project for Hopeathon Hawaii in DevPost after I submit it?

Answer:  You can edit it and resubmit it as long as you resubmit it before 11:59 p.m. on TBD, 2022.

 

Question:  Can I change my registration from “Individual” to “Team”?

Answer:  A contestant registered as an Individual can change their registration to Team any time before 11:59 p.m. on TBD, 2022.  Hopeathon Hawaii registrations cannot be changed from Individual to Team after TBD, 2022.

 

Question:  Can I change my registration from “Team” to “Individual”?

Answer:  A contestant registered with a Team can change their registration to Individual any time before 11:59 p.m. on TBD, 2022.  Contestant registrations cannot be changed from Team to Individual after TBD, 2022.

 

Question:  How large can a Team be?

Answer:  A Team can be made up of two, three or four contestants.  Teams must have a unique name, and each student must register as a Team contestant separately using the name for the Team they will be on.

 
 

   COMPETITION  FAQs 

Question:  Where will Hopeathon Hawaii be held?

Answer:  Individual and Team contestants will begin by developing their game online using their own equipment, equipment at their school, or equipment at their local library at their leisure between TBD, 2022 and TBD, 2022.  Hopeathon Hawaii will end with a final Competition Weekend with contestants meeting in person to attend a mixer at 5:30 p.m. on Friday TBD, 2022, to test and debug in person on Saturday TBD, 2022, and to give a PowerPoint presentation of their game to referees on Sunday TBD, 2022. 

 

Question:  When and what is Competition Weekend?

Answer:  Friday, December 3, 2021 to Sunday, TBD, 2022:

- Competition Friday (TBD, 2022) = Meet & Greet from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

- Competition Saturday (TBD, 2022) = Game Testing, Debugging, and Scoring from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

- Competition Sunday (TBD, 2022) = Slideshow Presentation of Games, Scoring, and Award Ceremony from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

 

Question:  What will happen on Competition Friday?

Answer:  All contestants will be expected to attend and meet our sponsors, referees, and each other. Refreshments and music will be provided to all attendees.

 

Question:  What will happen on Competition Saturday?

Answer:  All contestants will be expected to attend to test and debug their games in front of the referees, and answer questions from referees.  Contestants will be expected to give a slide show presentation of their games on Competition Sunday, so they may start creating their presentation on Competition Saturday or wait until the morning of Competition Sunday to create their presentation.  Refreshments will be provided to all attendees throughout the event.

 

Question:  What will happen on Competition Sunday?

Answer:  Each Individual Contestant and Team of Contestants will be expected to create a slideshow of their game and present the slideshow to referees (only one member of the Team will give the presentation).  Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at the end of Competition Sunday. Refreshments will be provided to all attendees throughout the event.

 

Question:  Where in Honolulu is the Competition Weekend being held?

Answer: Competition Weekend will be held in the Gym of the Holy Nativity Church campus located at 5286 Kalaniana’ole Highway in Honolulu.

 

Question:  Do I need to bring my computer to Competition Weekend?

Answer:  Yes. If you do not have your own computer and cannot bring a computer, send an email to hopeathonhawaii@gmail.com and we will try to help you find a computer to use during Competition Weekend.

 

Question:  What equipment will be available during Competition Weekend?

Answer:  Tables will be set up with chairs and power cords, high speed Internet access will be provided, and presentation equipment will be available.

 

Question:  What resources will be available to me while developing my game?

Answer:  We will be offering free in-person and online tutoring sessions every other Friday from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting on TBD hosted by Samantha Kimsey of Computational Thinkers. We will also offer separate channels on Discord for our IT game mentors to assist you with any questions you may have. Our Hopeathon Hawaii webpage has links to common tools and YouTube videos for you to assist you during development of your game.  Teachers at your school are allowed to provide advice to you but are not allowed to any development work on your game.

 

Question:  Will there be free lodging for contestants attending Competition Weekend who live on islands other than Oahu?

Answer:  We are in the process of securing full or partial funding to only pay for travel expenses of contestants who cannot afford to pay for their travel. Please send an email request to hopeathonhawaii@gmail.com if you need financial assistance.

 

Question:  Will there be free flights or lodging for contestants attending Competition Weekend who reside on Oahu?

Answer:   No. Travel related expenses or services will not be provided for contestants residing on Oahu.

 

Question:  Can my family or friends attend Competition Weekend with me?

Answer:  Family and friends may travel with contestants to Competition Weekend but they will not be allowed to attend Competition Weekend activities in person except the Sunday of Competition Weekend when the awards ceremony is held.

 

Question:  Will there be free flights or lodging for families or friends of contestants who live on Oahu or one of the other islands?

Answer:  We are in the process of securing full or partial funding to only pay for travel expenses of the custodial parent for one contestant who lives on an island other than Oahu and cannot afford to pay for their travel. Please send an email request to hopeathonhawaii@gmail.com if you need financial assistance.

 

Question:  Will there be free food and refreshments for contestants attending Competition Weekend?

Answer: Yes. Snacks and refreshments will be available to contestants during Competition Friday’s Meet & Greet event, food and refreshments will provided during Competition Saturday, and food and refreshments will be provided during Competition Sunday. Food will not be provided to family and/or friends of contestants.

 

Question:  Will there be free food and refreshments for family and/or friends of contestants who are attending Competition Weekend?

Answer:  No. Family and friends will be responsible for purchasing their own food and refreshments during Competition Weekend. There are several fast food and local sit down restaurants in the shopping center next door to the Competition Weekend campus for their convenience.

Question:  What are the prizes?

Answer: The 3 games with the highest final Total Game Scores will be awarded the following top prizes:

* 1st Place (1st highest game total score) = $1,500

* 2nd Place (2nd highest game total score) = $1,000

* 3rd Place (3rd highest game total score) = $500

* 4th Place (4th highest game total score) = $250

And the game with the highest total Usability score that did not place in the top 3 will be awarded the Keiki’s Choice prize of $250.

 

Question:  How are prize winners determined?

Answer:  Scoring involves assigning points for three Criteria:  Technical scoring (0-300 points), Values scoring (0-200 points), and Usability scoring (0-100 points), for a total of 0-600 points. The 3 games with the highest number of points win 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd Place respectively. The game with the highest Usability score that did not place in the top 3 wins Keiki's Choice.

 

Question:  When will prizes be awarded?

Answer:  Prizes will be awarded on Competition Sunday TBD, 2022 starting around 3:00 p.m.

 

Question:  How will prize money be given to winning Individuals?

Answer:  Winning Individuals will receive a check with their name on it written in the amount of the prize won.

 

Question:  How will prize money be given to winning Teams?

Answer:  Winning Team contestants will receive a check with their name on it written for the portion of the prize won. If splitting of the prize money between Team contestants results in a fraction, the Team’s PowerPoint presenter will be paid an extra dollar to round up the prize money amount. For example, if a Team of 2 contestants wins 2nd prize each member of the Team will be given $500.  But if a Team of 3 contestants wins 2nd prize, the member who gives the Team's PowerPoint presentation will receive $334 and the other 2 members of the Team will receive $333 each.

 

Question:  What genre can I use for my game?

Answer: Arcade, puzzle, platformer, racing, adventure, RPG, endless runner, story/Manga driven JRPG, visual novels, comedy, survival.  Violent genres such as first-person shooter, fighter, and horror are not allowed.

 

Question:  Is my game to be developed for single player or multiple players?

Answer:  Single player games only please.

 

Question:  What platform and software am I allowed to use to develop my game?

Answer:  Games must be playable by the referees for free using a standard Internet browser (Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Microsoft Edge, Firefox). Contestants may use software of their choice that resides on a PC, Mac, or Linux platform to develop their game. Games created for iOS or Android apps are not allowed.

 

Question:  Will I need to develop a mobile app-based game and a web-based/internet game?

Answer:  A web-based/internet game only. Games developed for iOS or Android apps are not allowed.

 

Question:  Can I use AR or VR for my game?

Answer:  Yes. 

 

    GAME  SCORING  FAQs 

Question:  Who will be scoring my game?

Answer:  Technical referees will score the technical and creativity aspects of your game, Values referees will score the values aspects of your game, and Teacher/Parent/Student referees will score the appeal of your game to elementary school students. 

 

Question:  How will my game be scored?

Answer:  Each referee will assign a score to each game for the category (Technical, Values, or Usability) they are responsible for. Referees’ scores for each category will be averaged, then added together for a final Game score.  For example, three Technical referees may score a game individually as 286, 288 and 290.  This will be averaged into a final score of 288 for the Technical category.  The average score will then be added to the average scores from the Values referees and the Usability referees to determine a final total Game score for each game.

 

Question:  What happens if my game and another game both receive the same total score for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th place?

Answer:  In the event of a tied score, the highest Total Values score from the Values referee scores will be used to determine the winner. For example:  Two games score 588 total.  One game received a highest score of 198 from a particular Values referee and the other game only received a highest score of 172 from another Values referee.  The game with the Values score of 198 wins.  If the score is still tied, the highest Degree of Completion score from the Technical referee scores will be used to determine the winner. For example:  Two games score 588 total.  Both games received a highest score of 198 from the Values total.  One game received a highest score of 182 for Degree of Completion from a particular IT referee and the other game only received a highest score of 172 from another Technical referee.  The game with the Values score of 182 wins.

 

Question:  How are the games scored?

Answer:  Technical Category = 0 to 300 points; Values Category = 0 to 200 points; Usability Category = 0 to 100 points; for a final score of 0 to 600 points.  Technical referees will have their combined scores averaged to produce one Technical score, Values referees will have their combined scores averaged to produce one Values score, and Usability referees will have their combined scores averaged to produce one Usability score.  All three averaged scores will be combined to create one final Game score.

 

Question:  Who are the Referees?

Answer:  Technical referees are from local companies with experience in building or playing virtual games, Values referees are local pastors and ministers of Holy Nativity Church, and Usability referees are teachers, parents, and students of Holy Nativity School.

 

Question:  When will my game be scored?

Answer:  All games will be scored in person 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Competition Saturday, TBD, 2022. PowerPoint presentations for each game must be given by its Individual contestant or one member of its Team between 10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Competition Sunday, TBD, 2022 that will be assigned scores by referees.

 

Question:  Do I need to attend Competition Weekend in person to win a cash prize?

Answer:  Yes.  Contestants must be present in person on Saturday and Sunday of Competition Weekend.  Contestants are expected to attend the Awards ceremony from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Competition Sunday. An exception may be made in case of contestant travel scheduling issues.

 

Question:  Do I have to give a presentation of my game?

Answer:  Yes. Each game must be presented to all referees by its Individual contestant or one member of its Team on the last day of the competition (Sunday TBD, 2022). Contestants must create their own presentation in PowerPoint and present it to the referees for 5 to 10 minutes.

 

Question:  Will my presentation be scored?

Answer:  Yes. A game’s PowerPoint presentation will be scored under the Technical Execution aspect of the Technical category and is worth up to 20 points.

 

Question:  What are the criteria for scoring my game?

Answer:  Scoring involves referees assigning points for three Categories:  Technical, Values, and Usability for a maximum of 600 points total available:

TECHNICAL SCORING  (maximum of 300 points total available):

  • Creative Vision: The extent to which the game shows an innovative, clear, consistent, and integrated creative vision across the totality of the experience. (maximum of 100 points total available)

  1. Innovation = 0 to 25 points

  2. Clarity = 0 to 25 points

  3. Consistency = 0 to 25 points

  4. Integrated Creative Vision = 0 to 25 points

 

  • Balance: The extent to which the game shows balance (e.g., tuning of controls and mechanics; balance of age-appropriate challenge and rewards; level and progression of difficulty for the game’s intended audience; construction of the game’s formal/mathematical ruleset). (maximum of 100 points total available)

  1. Tuning of Controls and Mechanics = 0 to 25 points

  2. Challenge and Rewards = 0 to 25 points

  3. Level and Progression of Difficulty = 0 to 25 points

  4. Construction of Formal/Mathematical Ruleset = 0 to 25 points

 

  • Technical Execution: The extent to which the game shows production value and polish; the extent to which the Project performs well and is free of bugs and other errors; effective PowerPoint presentation of the game; and the degree to which the game is completed and ready for production. (maximum of 100 points total available)

  1. Production Value and Polish = 0 to 25 points

  2. Error Content = 0 to 25 points

  3. Degree of Completion = 0 to 25 points

  4. Public Presentation Preparedness and Communication Skills = 0 to 25 points

 

VALUES SCORING  (maximum of 200 points total available):

  • Values Theme: The extent to which the game addresses and embodies the seven values of chastity, temperance, generosity, diligence, patience, gratitude, and humility, as well as faith, hope, love, and respect; Usage of corresponding Hawaiian phrases for values; Usage of opposite values; Behavior of Individual or Team Contestant is consistent with these positive values (maximum of 200 points total available)

 

  1. Faith = 0 to 14 points

  2. Hope = 0 to 14 points

  3. Love = 0 to 14 points

  4. Respect = 0 to 14 points

  5. Generosity = 0 to 14 points

  6. Diligence = 0 to 14 points

  7. Patience = 0 to 14 points

  8. Gratitude = 0 to 14 points

  9. Humility = 0 to 14 points

  10. Chastity = 0 to 14 points

  11. Temperance = 0 to 14 points

  12. Usage of corresponding Hawaiian phrases = 0 to 14 points

  13. Usage of opposite values = 0 to 14 points

  14. Behavior of Individual or Team Contestant is consistent with these positive values = 0 to 18 points

 

USABILITY SCORING  (maximum of 100 points total available):

  • Engaging Game - Student: The extent to which the game attracts and sustains a student’s attention (maximum of 50 points total available)

  1. Game attracts student referee’s attention = 0 to 25 points

  2. Game keeps student referee’s attention for more than 5 minutes = 0 to 25 points

  • Engaging Game – Teacher/Parent: The extent to which the game attracts and sustains multiple pre-Kindergarten through elementary student players’ attention (maximum of 50 points total available)

  1. Game attracts multiple student referees’ attention = 0 to 25 points

  2. Game keeps multiple student referees’ attention for more than 5 minutes = 0 to 25 points

 

Question:  Where can I find the positive values, Hawaiian phrases, and opposite values that will be used for Values scoring?

Answer:  See the table below.

 

 

 

Question:  How will the scoring of my game be done?

Answer:  Technical, Values, and Usability referees will observe the testing and debugging of games in person on Competition Saturday TBD, 2022 and may ask contestants questions during this time or ask to try out your game themselves. They will also observe the PowerPoint presentations on Competition Sunday TBD, 2022 to finalize their scores.

 

Question:  What are the criteria that will be used for scoring my game?

Answer:  Technical (Creative Vision, Balance, Technical Execution, Presentation Skills), Values (Eleven Positive Values, Use of Hawaiian Phrases, Use of Opposite Values, Contestant Behavior), and Usability (Attract and Retain User Attention).

 

Question:  How will the Technical scoring of my game be done?

Answer:  Technical referees will observe the testing and debugging of games in person on Competition Saturday TBD, 2022 and may ask contestants questions during this time or ask to try out your game themselves. They will also observe the PowerPoint presentations on Competition Sunday TBD, 2022 to finalize their scores.

 

Question:  How will the Values scoring of my game be done?

Answer:  Values referees will observe the testing and debugging of games in person on Competition Saturday TBD, 2022 and may ask contestants questions during this time or ask to try out your game themselves. They will also observe the PowerPoint presentations on Competition Sunday TBD, 2022 to finalize their scores.

 

Question:  How will the Usability scoring of my game be done?

Answer:  Usability referees will observe the testing and debugging of games in person on Competition Saturday TBD, 2022 and may ask contestants questions during this time or ask to try out your game themselves. They will also observe the PowerPoint presentations on Competition Sunday TBD, 2022 to finalize their scores.

 

Question:  Does my game have to be finished/ready for public use to win?

Answer:  No, but it is to your benefit to have it completed as much as possible.  The degree of completion is worth up to 20 points under the Technical Execution portion of the Technical category.

 

Question:  Is there any other criteria I will be scored on?

Answer:  Yes. Because Hopeathon Hawaii is about treating others in a positive manner, bullying and expressions of any kind of negative behavior while developing games online or while attending Competition Weekend in person toward other contestants, IT mentors and others on Discord channels, competition staff, referees, and competition volunteers between will not be tolerated. Any Individual contestant or contestant of a Team will be immediately removed from the game and and forfeit their ability to be awarded a cash prize.

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