Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you for your interest in the Healthcare Games Showdown™! Here are further details that can assist you.

When is the Healthcare Games Showdown™ running?

The showdown will run throughout July, 2019. It is projected to start on Monday, July 1st, 2019 and run through Friday, July 26th, 2019 when the finale event will be held.

Is there a cost to apply?

There is no cost to apply.

What is the application deadline?

Right now we are in preliminary registration stage. Registrants will receive full applications on September 31st, 2018 following feedback from our advisors. Full applications will be required to be submitted by January 31st, 2019.

How old do I have to be?

You are required to be eighteen years of age at the time of contractural obligation, which is April 10th, 2019 (the day all applicants will be informed if they are selected as a showdown participant).

Am I required to be a college student?

No. You can be a fantastic independent artist or programmer. HOWEVER, you must be under the age of 28 years-old if you are a young indie talent. Proof of age will be required if you are selected as a showdown participant.

Are only students from participating colleges and universities allowed to apply?

No. You can be from any college or university, or an indie talent. Non-enrolled indie talent is required to be between the ages of 18 - 28 years old.

Can non-citizens apply?

No. Because this is a paid internship, Texas law requires that it be treated as "employment", and you must be a citizen of the United States of America. Proof of citizenship will be required if you are selected as a showdown participant.

Do I have to live in Houston?

No. However, there is no compensation for housing or living costs.

Is there an interview process?

Yes. Full applications will be sent to registered students by September 31st, 2018. All applications will be reviewed by the showdown mentors. You can expect a phone interview if you are one of the final candidates. Note that the review process will occur throughout February - April, 2019.

When will I know if I am selected?

All applicants will be informed if they made a team by April 10th, 2019.

Who is the internship with?

Trans / Seven Studio, LLC is a transmedia studio dedicated to digital media storytelling. We are the company behind this event and its management. Your internship contract will be with our company.

What is an Internship?

The National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) defines an internship as a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths.

Will I receive course credit?

It varies by school. Some require it for your degree, others do not. We will be working to provide credit for the educational institutes who do require it and are local to the region.

Questions about THE PROJECTS & THe PROGRAM
What kind of video games will I develop?

We are projecting that six types of projects will be developed. The categories include: Medical Education & Training; 2) Participatory Health; 3) Exergaming & Fitness; 4) Rehabilitation Games; 5) Cognitive & Emotional; and 6) Operations & Patient Records. Our Financial and Medical advisors will provide feedback to choose the kinds of games they deem most likely to make money and be used on the market.

What platforms will the games be made for?

It will depend on the feedback from sponsors, investors and the medical community. Some games might be mobile, while others are console, PC, or VR /AR.

What type of game engine will be used?

It will depend on the project. There is no required game engine for these projects, so the final choice will come down to the development needs,  the distribution of the game, as well as the programming capabilities of each team.

Do I have to be on-site for the duration of the showdown?

Yes. We will be working on-site at TMC Innovation in Houston, Texas.

Do the teams create a fully functional game in four weeks?

No. Rather, the teams are required to create a working prototype to be able to submit to investors for review at the showdown finale.

If my team wins the showdown, what happens next?

Depending on how well you worked with your team, you may be offered further employment to continue devlopment on the project until its completion. Understandably, due to your school schedule, the odds are that you will continue working part-time if your employment contract is extended.

How will I get paid?  

If you are selected as a showdown participant, you will be paid weekly.

Will I win prizes?

Further prizes are yet to be determined, but we are working on that.

Do I get to come up with the game idea?

No. Rather, you get to AUGMENT an idea (augment = add to the idea). Considering that very few of us are medically trained, developing games that already attract the attention of investors or those in the medical community means that the odds are higher that that game will be funded, completed and reach a market. We all need that edge.

Questions about Advisors, MENTORS, and Investors
Who are the video game mentors?

Some of the best and brightest industry voices in the Houston region are committed to the showdown. The diversity is amazing. You can review all the mentors here: LEARN MORE

Who are the advisors for the showdown?

From educational leaders to industry notables, we have a great team offering their experitse and advise to make a successful experience for you. You can review all the advisors here: LEARN MORE

Who are the medical and healthcare mentors?

TMC Innovation will be providing access to over 200 mentors. Depending on the need of each project, a series of mentors will volunteer their time accordingly.

Who are the employers?

We are still confirming which employers will review finished projects. If a potential employer is sponsoring a team, that company will have first rights to offer a job to students. If that student refuses the job offer, or if an offer was not made, then the student is "up for offers" by other employers who can then bid up a hiring deal.

Healthcare Games Showdown™ terms are subject to change.



TMC Innovation will provide Medical Mentors
Develop with an up to 8 person team
Work with people who have a passion for games
Video Game Pros will provide