[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 178 (Friday, September 13, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56708-56710]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-22285]


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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Announcement of Requirements and Registration for Game On!: HIV/
STD Prevention Mobile Application (App) Video Game Challenge

AGENCY: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Department of 
Health and Human Services (HHS).
    Award Approving Official: Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Administrator, Agency 
for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) located 
within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the 
launch of the Game On!: HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application (App) 
Video Game Challenge. We invite video game developers to create an 
original, innovative, and highly entertaining game for smartphones that 
educates either adolescents (13 to 17 years of age) or young adults (18 
to 24 years of age) about HIV infection and sexually transmitted 
diseases (STDs). Developers are encouraged to treat youth and young 
adults as distinct audience/player segments in the design of the game. 
The game should deliver health information that provides information on 
key HIV/STD prevention topics such as condom use, testing, and 
treatment. Specifically, the game should emphasize one or more of the 
following prevention messages--``Get the Facts'', ``Speak Up'', ``Use 
Condoms'', ``Get Tested'', and ``Get Treated''. More information on 
these prevention messages is found in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

DATES: Contestants can submit game apps beginning September 13, 2013 
through December 2, 2013. Judging will take place in December 2013 
through January 2014. Winners will be announced in February 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: LCDR Jocelyn Patterson Mosley, Centers 
for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road NE., Mailstop 
E37, Atlanta, GA 30333, email GameOn@cdc.gov, or by phone (404) 639-
6437.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Subject of Challenge Competition

    Entrants of the Game On!: HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application 
(App) Video Game contest will be asked to submit an original and 
innovative game app for smartphones that emphasizes one or more of the 
following prevention messages--``Get the Facts'', ``Speak Up'', ``Use 
Condoms'', ``Get Tested'', and ``Get Treated''.
    ``Get the Facts''-Provide the facts on HIV and STDs, including how 
it is (and is not) spread. Share information on how to reduce the risk 
of HIV and STD transmission, including the choice not to have sex.
    ``Speak Up''-Encourage youth to talk about HIV and STDs in their 
relationships, with health care providers, friends, and family. Talking 
openly and honestly about HIV and STDs will help reduce stigma.
    ``Use Condoms''-When used consistently and correctly, latex condoms 
are highly effective in preventing HIV and STDs.
    ``Get Tested'' -Early diagnosis saves lives. Know where to get 
tested. Make HIV and STD testing a part of routine health care.
    ``Get Treated'' -Many STDs are curable and all are treatable. There 
are effective medications available to help people with HIV live long 
and healthy lives.
    Given the high rates of HIV infection and STDs, it is critical to 
develop appealing and relevant ways to reach youth with important 
information and resources. HHS/CDC's mission is to protect the health 
of the nation through health promotion, prevention of disease, injury 
and disability, and preparedness for new health threats. It is 
important for HHS/CDC to develop programs and messages that are 
accurate and appropriate for the target population.
    Therefore, to address HIV and STDs among adolescents (13 to 17 
years) and young adults (18 to 24 years), HHS/CDC must develop 
innovative, appealing and relevant ways to reach youth with important 
health information and resources. The goal of this challenge is to 
develop an HIV/STD prevention game acceptable to a wide range of 
adolescents and young adults that also maintains the standards of a 
HHS/CDC product. The game should deliver accurate health messages that 
support positive relationships and the ability of

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youth to make healthy and responsible decisions about their sexuality.

Eligibility Rules for Participating in the Competition

    The Game On! Challenge is only open to individuals, private or 
public entities, or groups that meet the following requirements: In the 
case of a private entity, the entity must be incorporated in and 
maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the 
case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, must 
be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States who is at least 
15 years old at the time of entry. If the contestant/submitter is 
younger than 18 at the time of entry, the contestant/submitter must 
submit written permission from a parent or guardian. Employees and 
contractors of HHS/CDC are not eligible. The contest is subject to all 
applicable federal laws and regulations. Participation constitutes the 
contestant's full and unconditional agreement to these official rules, 
which are final and binding in all matters related to the contest. 
Eligibility for winning and acknowledgement is contingent upon 
fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
    Participants who enter as part of a team understand and agree that 
submission of an entry constitutes their representation and warranty 
that all the members of the team have read and accepted the rules. The 
eligibility of the contestant is tied to the team's eligibility; if one 
member of the team does not comply with these rules or is disqualified, 
the team as a whole will be disqualified.
    To be eligible to win a prize under this challenge, an individual 
or entity--
    (1) Shall have registered to participate in the competition under 
the rules promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention;
    (2) Shall have complied with all the requirements under this 
section;
    (3) In the case of a private entity, shall be incorporated in and 
maintain a primary place of business in the United States, and in the 
case of an individual, whether participating singly or in a group, 
shall be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States; and
    (4) May not be a Federal entity or Federal employee acting within 
the scope of their employment. Federal employees seeking to participate 
in this contest outside the scope of their employment should consult 
their ethics office prior to developing their submission.
    (5) Shall not be an HHS employee working on their applications or 
submissions during assigned duty hours.
    (6) Shall not be an employee of Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention.
    (7) Federal grantees may not use Federal funds to develop COMPETES 
Act challenge applications unless consistent with the purpose of their 
grant award.
    (8) Federal contractors may not use Federal funds from a contract 
to develop COMPETES Act challenge applications or to fund efforts in 
support of a COMPETES Act challenge submission.
    An individual or entity shall not be deemed ineligible because the 
individual or entity used Federal facilities or consulted with Federal 
employees during a competition if the facilities and employees are made 
available to all individuals and entities participating in the 
competition on an equitable basis.

Registration Process for Participants

    Register for the Game On!: HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application 
(App) Video Game Challenge at http://www.challenge.gov. Interested 
persons should read the official rules and guidelines posted on the 
Challenge.gov site to create an eligible game. If a person wishes to 
register to enter a submission, they must click on the link to 
``follow'' the Challenge at the top of the Challenge site. All 
submissions will be reviewed to confirm eligibility.

Amount of the Prize

    Two winners will be selected. The first place winner will receive 
$20,000.00. The second place winner will receive $10,000.00. Up to 5 
honorable mentions will be nominated.

Basis Upon Which Winner Will Be Selected

    The games will be judged by a panel of internal HHS/CDC staff and 
external partners in compliance with the requirements of the America 
COMPETES Act.
    Submissions will be screened by HHS/CDC or its agents who will be 
trained on the eligibility criteria and required elements outlined 
above. Following determination of eligibility, judges will review the 
submissions for content quality, game play, appeal, and additional 
considerations. Included in the judging criteria for each submission 
are the following:

Content

    1. Creativity in incorporating one or more of the following key 
messages into the game: Get the Facts, Speak Up, Use Condoms, Get 
Tested, or Get Treated.
    2. Accuracy of HIV and STD prevention information.
    3. Appropriate content and features for intended target audience 
and supports positive relationships and healthy decision making.

Game play

    4. Playability, ease of play, and usability.
    5. Clarity of rules and objectives.

Appeal

    6. Entertainment (engaging, fun) and interest in repeat play among 
members of the target population; broad appeal to target population.
    7. Creative integration of smartphone functions.

Additional Information

    Regarding Copyright/Intellectual Property: All games submitted to 
the Game On! HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application (App) Video Game 
Challenge remain the intellectual property of the entities that 
developed them. However, HHS/CDC will have a nonexclusive, royalty-free 
license to use, reproduce, publish, distribute, and exhibit the 
submission/winning game in any and all formats or manner for 
educational, training, and other public health purposes consistent with 
HHS and/or HHS/CDC's mission. Following the contest, all games will 
undergo further evaluation. The prize winning games may be used ``as 
is'' in its entirety or revised for a final game using segments or 
concepts from the first and second place winners into one game.
    Submission Rights: The winners will need to transfer a 
nonexclusive, royalty-free license to use, reproduce, and distribute 
the app source code to HHS/CDC and/or release the source code under an 
open source license that allows HHS/CDC to make future modifications 
and releases of the app. The winners will be acknowledged in any 
actions conducted under this license.

Compliance With Rules and Contacting Contest Winners

    Finalists and the contest winners must comply with all terms and 
conditions of the official rules, and winning is contingent upon 
fulfilling all requirements herein. The initial finalists will be 
notified by email, telephone, or mail after the date of the judging. 
Awards may be subject to Federal income taxes, and the Department of 
Health and Human Services will comply with the Internal Revenue Service 
withholding and reporting requirements, where applicable.

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Privacy

    If contestants choose to provide HHS/CDC with personal information 
by registering or filling out the submission form through the 
Challenge.gov Web site, that information is used to respond to 
contestants in matters regarding their submission, announcements of 
entrants, finalists, and winners of the contest. Information is not 
collected for commercial marketing. Winners are permitted to cite that 
they won this contest.

General Conditions

    HHS/CDC reserves the right to cancel, suspend, and/or modify the 
contest, or any part of it, for any reason, at HHS/CDC's sole 
discretion.
    Participation in this contest constitutes a contestant's full and 
unconditional agreement to abide by the contest's official rules found 
at www.Challenge.gov.

    Authority:  15 U.S.C. 3719

    Dated: September 9, 2013.
Tanja Popovic,
Deputy Associate Director for Science, Centers for Disease Control and 
Prevention.
[FR Doc. 2013-22285 Filed 9-12-13; 8:45 am]
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