|By Julie Ferrell, Ames Tribune, Iowa|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The first "Money Game Jam" took place at the Hixson-Lied Student Success Center on Saturday, and invited 43
"It's really about students helping students to create nudges or financial entertainment pieces," said
Students were asked to create apps over the course of 24 hours, and the winning piece at the end of the competition will go on to be developed and released to
Fox said the judges of the competition were looking for the best creativity, technical feasibility, appeal and financial relevance in the winning app.
"The goal of the game is to go all four years without going into debt. If you go into debt, you lose and have to start over," Williams said. "Money management is important for everyone, and hopefully what we're trying to do is show what's a priority and what's not."
"We're finding that graduate students are also going into debt while they're at
Ogilvie said the new Money Game Jam was a way of starting thinking of new strategies to engage students in thinking about their financial lives. Fox added that while the development process of the winning app is not set in stone, the group hopes to have the app available for release later this fall.
"Our long-run game and our hope is that this is something students will be playing during fall semester," he said. "We know that's a big thing, and it's going to depend on the complexity of the game that ends up winning. But that's our goal. It's what's so fun about the project."
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