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Here are the frequently asked questions regarding this programme
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YSEALI Game Changers is an initiative by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Embassy Kuala Lumpur which empowers game creators in Southeast Asia to produce socially conscious games as an innovative solution to address pressing challenges in the region. To learn more about the Young South East Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI), please visit: https://asean.usmission.gov/young-southeast-asian-leaders-initiative/

The in-person Workshop & Game Jam will bring together 70 participants in total from across South East Asia. Whereas the Webinar Series is open to the public with no limitations.

You must be no younger than 18 years of age and no older than 35 years of age at the time of application for the Workshop & Game Jam. The Webinar Series is open to the public of all ages.

While most qualified candidates will have strong academic backgrounds – bachelors, masters and even PhDs in relevant areas – the program acknowledges that strong leadership potential, relevant professional experience, and thematic knowledge can be demonstrated without the presence of a formal degree. At this time, there is no degree requirement for this program.

Whilst there is no specific work experience requirement for the program, we seek candidates who have basic to intermediate knowledge in game development or have relevant game development skills, can demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and professional competencies, and much of this typically derives from experience in dynamic working environments.

In general, YSEALI seeks Southeast Asian professionals who have a deep familiarity with their respective country or region. For this reason, only citizens or resident nationals of Southeast Asia are eligible to apply. Applicants must be able to provide official documentation proving their citizenship or nationality, ideally in the form of a passport. While we do not require copies of these documents to be submitted during the online application, applicants should be prepared to provide such documentation upon being selected as a participant for the Workshop & Game Jam.

A resident national is the equivalent in each Asian country of a "Permanent Resident" in the U.S. (or "Landed Resident" in some countries with a strong British influence). That is, the person is allowed to reside indefinitely within a country of which he or she is not a citizen. We do not have an exhaustive list of the types of documents needed to prove resident national status. Potential applicants therefore have a small amount of discretion as to whether or not documents in their possession will meet the above mentioned criteria.

No. You can only apply if you are a resident of South East Asia.

We ask that you do not apply to this program unless you are absolutely certain you are able to attend the in-person Workshop & Game Jam in Kuala Lumpur. In the case of an emergency or unforeseeable circumstances that preclude your participation, please notify the program staff as soon as possible.

Yes, we encourage you to apply again.

All expenses are covered, including costs for airfare and local transportation, lodging and meals, and health and accident insurance. However, all participants must arrive at the main international airports in their respective regions.

The program does not provide support for family members and family members may not accompany the participants in the hotel.

The hotel is located in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Participants will be matched two to a room to promote bonding across disciplines and countries.

Top three winning teams of the pitch will be awarded in the form of seed funding, a 3-month mentorship to further develop the games to completion and a showcase at an international games conference.

The application will open in February 2023. Please apply via the site here: Click Here

We do not require these documents during the application process, however you will be required to send copies of these documents to verify that you meet the nationality requirements upon selection.

All applications are evaluated by Biji-Biji Initiative staff at the initial reviewing stages and will be narrowed down to a final selection pool. Thereafter, a selection committee comprising of U.S. Department of State, YSEALI and Biji-Biji Initiative personnel will be charged with evaluating finalists and determining the YSEALI Game Changers participants.

The final selection will be announced in April 2023.

You are encouraged to submit the application as a team of two to five team members. However, you can also submit the application as an individual. You will then be matched with other participants before the workshop and game jam. If you are looking for a team to apply with, please join our Discord Server to meet other interested applicants across Southeast Asia.

Team members of the winning teams awarded seed funding from the game jam will be required to undergo a three-month remote mentorship program from June to August 2023. All participants will become part of an active and engaged alumni network – through web and social media platforms, as well as substantive program intersections – that will encourage ongoing collaboration and the sharing of ideas, resources, and support throughout their professional careers.

We’re happy to assist you further, please contact us via email at [email protected].