Health for America fellow Glenn Means III sat down with Anjali Pulim and Carolyn Cullen, a team of 10-year olds that won the #GamifyAsthma Design Challenge.
1) What inspired you today?
We both have a friend with Asthma and really wanted to help her. We have been close to her through school and just wanted to give back by helping her.
2) Why are you here?
I was driving home from school with my dad and he asked me if I had any friends with asthma. I told him I did and he told me their was an event happening on July 20th where I could create a game to help children with who have asthma. I asked if it was a medical solution to which my dad replied no. I was definitely in to create a game. I met my friend Carolyn from school on Mine-Craft, a virtual game online and asked her if she would like to help me make something for our close friend with asthma.
3) Tell us more about your product?
MineCraft is a game that kids use everyday and has sold over 10 million copies. We decided that we should keep MineCraft but create a game centered around the Hunger Games. In order to survive you have to solve certain clues around asthma to exit the level. We were able to create one level today but we think we could develop many more. MineCraft gives you the ability to create worlds within worlds and that’s why we find it fun for kids.
4) How is your game inclusive and makes kids of all ages feel comfortable playing it?
Anyone can play these games and create their own worlds. Kids get to create their own gaming experience and that’s why we enjoy it. There are many different worlds people can play in, so there is always a new game to play. Our game not only gives kids with asthma tips but also gives tips on healthy behaviors for all kids.
5) What advice do you have for children using this game?
Follow the Directions, you can’t take short cuts, but most of all HAVE FUN!
PS: Here are a few more details Glenn found out about our winners: Anjali likes to read, draw, and do math while Carolyn likes to read and play games. Anjali wants to be a game developer and an author. Carolyn also wants to be a game developer as well as a part-time lawyer. Both of them want to give some of their prize money ($2,500) to a local animal shelter or organization that helps animals. They will also share the money with some of their school friends who helped them build the world online. Anjali wants to purchase an iPhone with what’s left over.