SIMS Games Challenge 2019

Rapid advancements in virtual reality and machine learning research are revolutionising the future of healthcare simulation training and serious games. With these developments in mind, the Serious Games Assocation (SGA) and the SingHealth Duke-NUS Institute of Medical Simulation (SIMS) are proud to co-organise the inaugural SIMS Games Challenge, a healthcare simulation game design competition held on 24 October 2019 as part of the S3 Conference 2019. The competition explores innovative application of new technologies to enhance learning for the healthcare industry. 

Form teams and submit your simulation and/or serious game concepts for any of the listed categories below! Shortlisted projects will be matched with a developer team to proceed on to the finals where you will present your prototype game. Winners stand a chance to walk away with attractive cash prizes and have their games listed on the AppFORO Marketplace

Serious Games Association Webinar: 

To deepen participants' understanding on the role of Serious Games in healthcare, Serious Games Association is organising a free webinar, "How Serious Games Can be Digital Medicine?" on 29 March, 12.00pm - 12.45pm. Join us as Prof. Dr. Tan Wee Hoe, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), covers the latest trends for serious games, which will influence how healthcare practitioners may use or develop games as digital medicine. Sign up here!*
*After you have registered, an email will be sent to you to guide you through on how to access the webinar. 

Team Categories:
(a) Open Category
(b) Student Category
Submission Categories: 

(A) Games for Learning & Assessment
(B) Games for Intervention (includes TeleHealth games)
(C) Games for Healthcare Leadership and Management
(D) Games for Awareness Creation or User Education
(E) Others


Open Category
1st Prize: 

S$1,000 Cash Prize
Game will be listed on AppFORO Marketplace
​2nd Prize: 
S$750 Cash Prize 
Game will be listed on AppFORO Marketplace
3rd Prize: 
S$500 Cash Prize 
Game will be listed on AppFORO Marketplace

Student Category
1st Prize: 
S$300 Cash Prize
2nd Prize: 
S$200 Cash Prize
3rd Prize: 
S$100 Cash Prize

People's Choice Award*:
​S$300 Cash Prize

*Participants at the SIMS Games Challenge 2019 Finals will play and evaluate the finalists’ games to select the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Important Dates:

1 January - 14 April 2019
​​Registration and Submissions Open
29 March 2019, 12.00pm - 12.45pm
​"How Serious Games Can be Digital Medicine?" Webinar 
Sign up here.*

*After you have registered, an email will be sent to you to guide you through on how to access the webinar. 
​29 April 2019
​Registration and Submissions Close
​15 May 2019
​SIMS Games Challenge Round 1

17 May and 31 May 2019
​Serious Games Design Introduction Workshop 
Games Technology Introduction Workshop

*Successful teams going to the Finals are required to attend these workshops, which will introduce topics like player motivation, human behaviourial changes, limitations of technology and many more. 

​31 May - 1 October 2019
​Game Development Phase
​24 October 2019
​SIMS Games Challenge Finals 

To Participate: 

  • Form your teams, which should comprise a minimum of 2 persons. 
  • Upon registration, each team is required to submit a concept proposal for a simulation and/or serious game for any of the categories listed above.  
  • Prior to the submission of concept proposals, participating teams may also attend free webinars offered by SGA to learn the differences between Serious Gaming and Gamification. 
  • No fees will be charged at the submissions stage. Shortlisted teams for the Finals are required to pay the registration fees listed below:

    ​Open Category:
    ​$150 per team
    Student Category:
    $100 per team​


If you have any questions about the registration/submission process, please contact