About GIVE

  1. What is the GIVE game?
  2. How do I control the game?
  3. Why was GIVE created?
  4. How do I win an Amazon gift card?
  5. Privacy statement
  6. Who are we?

What is the GIVE game?

GIVE is a treasure-hunt game in a 3D world. Find the trophy and pick it up, and you win! But don't step on an alarm tile, or you lose. Because you don't know how the world works, we provide software that will tell you what to do to find the trophy. Follow its instructions, and you will solve the puzzle much faster.

How do I control the game?

Hit the cursor keys to turn and walk. Click on a button with your mouse to press it; click on the trophy to pick it up. You can quit the game at any time by closing the game window or hitting the Escape button, and you can ask to have the previous instruction repeated by hitting the H key.

Why was GIVE created?

GIVE was created to connect researchers who want to make computers smarter with game players willing to provide feedback about the current state of the art. In each game of GIVE, you are connected to a random AI system at a research institute somewhere in the world. As you play, this system generates English instructions that are meant to help you solve the puzzle. Our server keeps track of what happens in your game. By analyzing these logs, we can find out what each system did well and what it didn’t do so well. So here’s your chance to try out the state of the art of such systems, and to contribute to scientific research - simply by playing a game!

How do I win an Amazon gift card?

One lucky player per month will receive a $50 Amazon.com gift card. When you play GIVE and fill out the questionnaire about your experience in the game, you will be entered into that month's drawing. We will then notify the winner by email.


We believe very strongly in privacy and the protection of your online data. This is why we have carefully limited the data that the GIVE game sends back to our server. As you play the GIVE game, the game will send information about your actions in the game world and your questionnaire data to the server. This information is necessary for us to evaluate the AI systems. Furthermore, the game will send us some information about what operating system and Java version you use; this is to assist us in debugging if you encounter a problem. Finally, you can optionally specify your email address and Facebook account name in the questionnaire. This is necessary if you want to participate in the Amazon draw: We need to know how to reach you if you win. But we promise that we will never give these personally identifiable data to anyone else - not even the teams that created the AI systems.

Who are we?

The GIVE Challenge is steered and organized by:

Donna Byron, Northeastern University, USA
Justine Cassell, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
Robert Dale, Macquarie University, Australia
Alexandre Denis, Loria, France
Andrew Gargett, UAE University, UAE
Konstantina Garoufi, University of Potsdam, Germany
Alexander Koller, University of Potsdam, Germany
Johanna Moore, University of Edinburgh, UK
Jon Oberlander, University of Edinburgh, UK
Kristina Striegnitz, Union College, USA
Mariet Theune, University of Twente, The Netherlands

The AI systems that give you instructions were created by researchers at different universities and research institutes around the world, which will be revealed at a later time.

This website was designed by Donna Koziol and Donna Byron, and is maintained by Konstantina Garoufi. The in-game artwork was provided by Evgenia Kochkina and Michael Feaux de la Croix.

If you have further questions about the GIVE Challenge, please contact us.