Applications Deadline: May 10th, 2024









About the program

Welcome to the GameOn Hackathon by HP Gaming Garage, designed exclusively for university students eager to level up their gaming skills! We are looking for students brimming with creativity, enthusiastic about creating games, keen to display the rich culture and heritage of Saudi Arabia through games!

Kickstart your passion by learning about gaming in the edX platform Course Link.

Once you complete any of the HP Gaming online courses with at least 70% completion, get a certificate from edX and join us in this exciting challenge to create your game and qualify to win prizes. Join us on this thrilling journey!


Aged 18+ university undergraduate, game enthusiasts, and tech savvy students in Saudi Arabia.

Student Teams

Teams (with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 members) of university students can participate in the challenge through an official university email address in Saudi Arabia.


Saudi Culture & Heritage.

Congratulations, 2024 shortlisted teams

Teams List:

Diriyah to Neom


Kingdom Oasis


Gaming Elites



Durrat Najd

Diriyah Sands


Program Timeline

Submissions are opened from April 18th to May 10th.

Applications Open

April 18th, 2024

Applications Close

May 10th, 2024

Shortlisted Teams Announcement

May 15th, 2024

Prototyping & Incubator phase

For shortlisted teams

Final Showcase

June 13th, 2024

Eligibility Criteria

Participants: Aged 18+ university undergraduate students in Saudi Arabia. Apply through valid university email address. Student(s) must be currently enrolled in a university or college (Can be from different universities) at the time of the submission deadline. Note: Students registering using non university E-mail will be disqualified.
Student Teams: A minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 university students per team.
Theme: Saudi Culture & Heritage.
The submissions will go through two levels of judging: In the first round, participants will submit their storyboard, envisioned game artwork and the game relation to the Saudi heritage and culture. Finalists will be determined and required to create a coded playable PC game. In the finals, one winner for each category will be selected.

Challenge Categories

Real-World Games: Games that depict real-world Saudi cultural heritage, including historical events, traditional art, shared values, and storytelling elements. For example National Day, Founding Day etc.
Location-Based Games: Games that enhance players' experiences at Saudi heritage sites by combining gaming elements with real-world heritage exploration, offering interactive and educational opportunities to learn about cultural heritage in specific locations for e.g. Diriyah, Al Ula etc.
Discovery Games: Games that involve players in the legacy of physical artifacts, history, archaeology, and art, providing insights into Saudi cultural heritage through virtual museum experiences, historical sites, and archaeological discoveries. For example UNESCO sites in Saudi Arabia.


Winners will be announced at the final showcase!

Exciting prizes for the Winners!

In Collaboration With

Watch out for updates in this section!

Gear up, Level up, and Dominate!