The theme of the 2018 Mythos Challenge is
Oregon’s Past, Present, and Future. 

Mount Hood - Albert Bierstadt

In collaboration with the Portland Art Museum, this year’s theme is based on the Picturing Oregon Exhibit.
“Picturing Oregon offers an extraordinary opportunity to reflect on the importance of place and to celebrate the incredible geographic diversity of Oregon, and the artists whose work it inspired.”

Picturing Oregon captures Oregon’s landscapes, places, and peoples and offers us a portal to compare the past to the present as well as to imagine future possibilities. This year, we challenge you to make a digital game, story, or app by finding inspiration and ideas in Oregon’s history and what lies beyond. For an extra challenge incorporate elements of Social Good to help communities understand issues, solve problems, or meet challenges in new ways.

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About the Challenge

Mythos Challenge is an annual Youth-Led Storytelling, Gaming, and Apps Project in Oregon.  

The Mythos Challenge invites you to create an interactive story, analog or digital game, or a mobile/web app inspired by a theme.

Each year the theme is inspired by a special exhibition at the Portland Art Museum selected by a Youth Council.  Each theme is a challenge to create real-world meaning for our communities.

At the end of the Challenge, you are invited to the Awards Celebration.

The Challenge celebrates youth-voice and encourages us to become leaders.  We are digital innovators, community builders, and creative designers.  Join the 2017 Mythos Challenge!


Fall 2017-2018: Enter the third year of our Challenge to remix stories and games in Fall 2017.  New game creation workshops, more info to come.

Spring 2018: Registration closes on April 2nd. Submissions are due by May 2nd. The Awards Ceremony will be held after submissions close, more info to come.



The Mythos  Challenge is a collaboration of  community partners and endorsers. The Mythos Youth Council is supported by Pixel Arts Game Education, the Portland Art Museum, PNCA's Make+ Think+ Code+, ChickTech, Innovation Academy, Multnomah County Libraries, and Girls, Inc. of the Pacific NW.

The 2017 Challenge is sponsored by Pixel Arts Game Education and by the generous support of the East Metro STEAM Partnership. 


Youth of all races, ethnic backgrounds, religions, genders, and abilities are welcome.