The United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) have collaborated with Build Up to launch PEACEapp, a global competition organized to promote digital games and apps which foster dialogue that prevents violence.

Individuals and teams at all levels of experience are invited to create new digital games or use existing digital games to enter PEACEapp. Applicants are asked to engage with key questions that are central to building peace through their submissions.

    How can we create new spaces for dialogue and shared action aimed at preventing violence?
    Is the key to provide opportunities for contact among individuals of different cultural or religious backgrounds?
    Can sharing stories also encourage mutual respect for cultural and religious values?
    Or is it about offering people tools to question and reframe their identity?

There are three kinds of entries which can be submitted to the competition: (i) digital games and gamified apps developed for this competition; (ii) already existing digital games, and (iii) re-purposing of existing digital games to meet the aim of PEACEapp.

The competition will consider entries at all stages of development – from prototypes to fully developed. PEACEapp’s international jury will select five winning entries: three that are fully functioning and two that are in development. The three fully functioning games or apps will each receive USD 5,000, and the two in development will receive mentorship from expert partners. In addition, one member of each award-winning team (completed or in development) will be invited (all travel costs covered) to the Build Peace conference held in Cyprus in April 2015 to share their product with conference participants.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2014. Winners will be announced by November 30, 2014.

For more information and to apply, visit the UNAOC website.