Games for Change runs various professional programs to engage developers, and help organizations surface some of the best concepts from around the world. Game design challenges are run in partnership with leading NGO’s and companies looking to engage with G4C’s diverse and creative community of developers.
Games for Change is currently hosting five professional programs: Create with Fortnite Workshops, Game Plan, Raising Good Gamers, the STEM Your Game Challenge Powered by Endless, and the Serious Games Developer Program.
STEM Your Game Challenge
Games for Change and Endless invite all game creators to bring their talent and creativity to the edtech community through a new professional program: The STEM Your Game Challenge. The Challenge aims to help raise the bar on the quality of STEM games by adapting commercial games for learning purposes Through an open call for submissions, game developers may submit completed or beta-level, ‘entertainment-first’ games and a proposal for how the game could be reimagined to engage and inspire middle school learners around STEM topics. Ultimately, 1-3 finalist(s) will be selected to participate in a 5-month learning game development phase and will be provided with the following resources:
- Up to $150,000 in funding to redevelop/redesign their game for STEM learning purposes
- Access to a cross-sector team of experts in STEM learning, curriculum design, edtech marketing/publishing and more!
- Structured project support through monthly check-in calls with G4C
- Opportunities to publicize and market the final learning game (including showcasing the game at the 2021 Games for Change Festival)
At the conclusion of the development period, game creators will publish their new STEM learning games, including making a free/open version of the game available to students and teachers for educational purposes. Developers will also be invited to showcase and promote their products at the 2021 Games for Change Festival. Get ready to #STEMYourGame!
Please read the STEM Your Game Challenge Guidelines for further program details.
Access the submission form here: bit.ly/STEMYourGame (Deadline: Dec 1, 2020)
Questions? Email us: [email protected]
Game Plan is a new program to integrate game design into museum education programs while adapting methods and materials from the Games for Change Student Challenge. The program will run from November 2020 to June 2021 with approximately 30 hours of student instruction time. The goals of the initiative are to provide professional development to museum educators and employees related to game design, strengthen museum ties to communities, and improve learning outcomes for youth. These goals have even greater urgency now during the COVID-19 pandemic, as museums face unprecedented disruption and must forge new ways of connecting with communities that need the services of cultural institutions more than ever.
Core components of the Game Plan initiative include:
- New online, hands-on professional development training for educators;
- Downloadable materials for museum educators and students for home learning and game creation;
- Virtual game jams and office hours for interactive learning and skills building;
- A Student Challenge theme on resilience to encourage teens to creatively respond to COVID-19, addressing how well-being for themselves, in their homes, and communities.
- Culminating events (virtual if necessary) in each city that exhibit games and celebrate student achievement by awarding juried prizes that encourage further learning and exploration.
- A stipend to help run this program in your city.
Create with Fortnite Workshop
G4C is teaming up with Epic Games to bring Fortnite Creative to the classroom! In these day long workshops teachers will learn to use Fortnite Creative to empower students to become creators. Interactive 3D is reshaping visual communication by helping us solve problems and tell stories in new and exciting ways. Engage in hands-on learning, as you move through a series of challenges to explore the fundamentals of Fornite Creative. This workshop is a great start to bring interactive 3D into your classroom, either in person or virtually. Educators will:
- Explore teacher created and tested Fortnite Creative lesson plans that can be adapted and used across the curriculum such as creating virtual Rube Goldberg Machines or using Fortnite Creative to rewrite and share the ending of a story..
- Prototype an idea, collect peer feedback and reflect in order to design an experience for your students.
- Receive tools and resources that can be used to implement Fortnite Creative in your classroom and create powerful digital spaces for students to tinker and make.
UPCOMING WORKSHOP DATES:
- December 5th
Serious Games Developer Program
G4C is joining forces with Global Game Jam and U.S. Embassy Kyiv to address social issues through a virtual program that will include a two-day workshop, game jam and ongoing mentorship opportunities for developers at all skill levels. This free program will support the Ukrainian video game industry and encourage investment in serious games. We will identify a cohort of game developers in Ukraine interested in serious games and build their capacity to create these games, increasing technical skills and entrepreneurship in addition to surfacing several viable serious game projects. One winning team will receive $5,000 USD to continue developing their game.
Workshop Dates: November 14-15, 2020
Game Jam Dates: November 21-22, 2020
If you are a developer, at any skill level, in Ukraine and interested in this opportunity, please apply here. Deadline is 16 October 2020.
Програма для розробників серйозних ігор
В рамках цієї програми G4C об’єднує зусилля з «Global Game Jam», Посольством США у Києві для вирішення соціальних проблем.
Ця безкоштовна віртуальна програма включатиме дводенний семінар, ігрові джеми менторську допомогу для розробників різних рівнів кваліфікації. Мета програми – підтримати українську індустрію відеоігор та заохотити інвестиції в серйозні ігри. Програма дозволить знайти когорту розробників ігор в Україні, які зацікавлені у серйозних іграх, та розширити їх спроможність створювати такі ігри, розвиваючи їхні вміння та навички.Після закінчення програми одна команда-переможець отримає 5000 доларів США, щоб продовжувати розвивати свою гру.
Якщо ви розробник будь-якого рівня кваліфікації з України та зацікавлені в цій можливості, подайте заявку тут. Кінцевий термін подання 16 жовтня 2020 року.
Заохочення інвестицій у «серйозні ігри», які можуть впливати на вирішення соціальних проблем в Україні
Raising Good Gamers
The Raising Good Gamers initiative was launched to make online video game communities more youth-friendly and inclusive. Games for Change and the Connected Learning Lab at UC Irvine are bringing together game developers, video gaming advocates, researchers, educators, parents, and youth to create a youth-centered agenda for pro-social gaming; due to the growing problem of toxicity online that implicates us all in developing a response.
We invite you to join us in examining some of the following questions:
- How might we develop and support gaming communities that cultivate empathetic, compassionate, and civically engaged kids?
- What might it look like to develop youth’s socio-emotional capacities to positively shape the climate of gaming clubs and communities
- What role can the design of games, gaming communities, and associated technologies play in mitigating abuse?
- How do we build the foundations of a healthy community directly into the platforms themselves?
Please contact [email protected] to learn about how you can join us in this important work!
VR for Change Alcove Challenge
VR for Change Alcove Challenge
Games for Change is thrilled to share the finalists of the VR for Change Alcove Challenge, sponsored by AARP Innovation Labs. Based on Alcove, a VR platform created by AARP Innovation Labs, the Challenge inspired developers to create virtual reality experiences that focus on enhancing quality of life, creating new memories, and deepening intergenerational bonds for people of all ages. The top five Challenge finalists presented their projects during a panel at the 2020 G4C Festival and the Grand Prize Winner was revealed during a mainstage announcement. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and all five projects will be published on the Alcove platform in the upcoming months.
About VR for Change Alcove Challenge
The VR for Change Alcove Challenge is a collaboration between AARP Innovation Labs and Games for Change. Using the Alcove platform, a VR application created by AARP Innovation Labs, and the Alcove™Playground powered by Rendever, the Challenge aims to inspire people to think about how games can enhance quality of life, create new memories, and deepen intergenerational bonds with loved ones across the world.
Grand Prize Winner:
Labyrinth Lunacy VR (created by Peter Pichya)
Labyrinth Lunacy is a fiendishly, challenging game of puzzle logic and spatial physical reflexes that brings the familiar ‘ball in a maze’ game into VR; players tilt the ground playfield and maneuver a marble ball, collecting coins and avoiding obstacles as they navigate through a labyrinth.
Ama’s Momento (created by Momento Team)
Ama’s Momento’ is a mixed reality installation dedicated to capturing the story of a grandmother who dreams of building an art museum to preserve Taiwanese culture; the experience captures Ama’s story by shaping it into a virtual museum and sparking a movement that makes her dream a reality.
Avatar VR (created by Avatar VR)
Avatar VR is a meditative experience that provides a way for individuals to gain a greater embodied awareness through hypnosis and cognitive simulation; inspired by zen practitioners, players bend elements in order to release blocks from their chakras.
Lake Baikal VR (created by: MediaCombo)
Transporting users to one of the most extraordinary places on Earth, Lake Baikal VR brings people together in a shared virtual reality space to encourage conversation and storytelling as they watch short vignettes of life on and near the Lake.
Visitations (created by: David Lobser)
Visitations is a compilation of VR experiences which have been designed as distraction therapy for patients undergoing infusions. The experiences are simple postcards and are meant to provide a calming and comforting space for users to relax and chill out.
In addition to the top five finalists, AARP Innovation Labs recognized four additional projects with Honorable Mentions and the opportunity to be published on the Alcove platform: CONQUEST IQ (Created by Hubert Gaillard); Dear Mom (Created by AmaVR Team); Digital Emotes (Created by Aaron Tate); Philosopher’s Walk (Created by Ricardo Miranda Zuniga).
LEARN TO CODE GAMES FELLOWSHIP
Title: LEARN TO CODE GAMES FELLOWSHIP
Games for Change, supported by Endless Network, is excited to announce a new Learn to Code Games Fellowship for college and university-level game designers. Through a competitive submission process, three pairs of student teams will be selected to participate in a two-month Fellowship, during which they will design ‘learn to code’ game mechanics and each develop a new, unique game. Participants will commit to weekly check-in calls with industry mentors and communicate with other Fellows via an online forum.
Final projects will be shared publicly as free, open-source games through the Games for Change website and Endless Studios’ product website. Each Fellow will be awarded a $4,000 stipend for their participation in the program.
*Please read the full Fellowship Guidelines – including game criteria and eligibility requirements.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fellows will work to create games that can break down barriers to learning how to code — by making coding fun and accessible to all.
G4C MIGRATION CHALLENGE
Title: G4C MIGRATION CHALLENGE
Funded though the Lounsbery Foundation, G4C sought partnership with the Migration Policy Institute to launch a design challenge that invited people to submit game concepts that address migration and emphasize integration issues. G4C developed the challenge, raised funds for program execution and prizes, recruited partners, led all promotion, and managed the competition and judging.
- 189 submissions received from across the globe that reflected stories of personal struggle and opportunity
- $10,000 cash prize was awarded to the winner
- G4C Festival passes were awarded to 4 additional finalist teams
G4C NUCLEAR WEAPONS RISK CHALLENGE
Title: G4C NUCLEAR WEAPONS RISK CHALLENGE
N Square approached G4C with interest in engaging the developer community to address the risk of nuclear weapons. G4C produced a worldwide challenge that sought ideas for games that address this. The challenge was funded by N Square, a multi-funder initiative to end nuclear weapons.
- 242 submissions received reflecting a wide range of complex representations of the nuclear weapons landscape
- $10,000 prize was awarded to the winner, Yvette Chin
- Following the challenge, a full prototype of game was built executive produced by G4C and built by Filament Games
G4C CLIMATE CHALLENGE
Title: G4C CLIMATE CHALLENGE
G4C introduced the PoLAR Partnership to the Autodesk Foundation when both approached G4C about using games to engage audiences around climate change. The alignment in goals evolved into a multi-team partnership that produced the G4C Climate Challenge. Both teams supported as subject matter experts in their domains (climate science and technology) and the challenge invited experienced game designers to create working prototypes for games that help players understand their role in addressing climate change.
- 55 playable games submitted, 4 of which were selected for honorable mention at G4C Festival in front of live jury and 1 of which received the $10,000 grand prize.
- The winning game Eco received promotional support from Autodesk and will be prominently featured in upcoming Autodesk campaigns.
- Winning game Eco detailed here