We know Flutter devs love a good challenge, so just in time for the new year to really get going, we’re super excited to announce the next Flutter challenge!   

The Global Gamers Challenge is an 8-week contest to design, build, and publish sustainable games, sponsored by Flutter and Global Citizen.  Inspired by the mission of the United Nations-facilitated Playing for the Planet Alliance, which Google joined in 2023, international advocacy organization Global Citizen and Flutter, Google’s open-source framework for building multi-platform applications are partnering to host the Global Gamers Challenge. 

What are sustainable games?

Sustainable games use the power of play to inspire positive environmental action. Imagine Candy Crush, but instead of crushing candies, you're crushing plastic pollution! Or picture a game like Super Dash, but instead of collecting acorns, you're turning off lights left on. Here are some more ideas inspired by Global Citizen campaigns running right now!

Encourage a reduction in home energy use

  • Data shows that American homes use an average 3x more kwh than the average home across the rest of the globe. Can you build a game that helps to reduce people’s reliance on inefficient energy sources?

Encourage a reduction in use of single-use plastics

  • Southeast Asia has some of the highest levels of plastic pollution in the world. Consider building a game that encourages players to make swaps to reduce reliance on single-use plastics.

Encourage use of public transportation and overland options for longer distances

  • Europe is home to many of the world’s greatest public transportation systems. Effective games can encourage people to use public transit rather than overland transport, like taking the train rather than flying for longer distances.

Just like Global Citizens do every day, we’re confident that games can encourage players to take small actions for the environment that when done collectively, lead to a large impact. 

Tips on Getting Started!

    SUPER DASH

Play Super Dash, a game we built to inspire you for this challenge. Help Dash capture the golden feather and watch nature be restored as she avoids enemies!

  PRIZES

Winners will receive a trip to NYC in September 2024 to meet the Flutter team for a day of workshops and mentorship followed by the opportunity to celebrate their achievements with up to 60,000 other Global Citizens at Global Citizen Festival 2024! 

  GOOGLE WALLET CHALLENGE

If you’re up for extra credit, we’ve partnered with Google Wallet to offer an additional challenge to deploy an innovative integration of the Google Wallet API in your game. For eligible apps that feature Google Wallet, you will have a chance to win up to $30,000! 

 

Whether you’re a Flutter developer who’s new to games, a game developer who is new to Flutter, or new to both game development and Flutter, you’re bound to learn something new while creating a positive impact on the world!

Requirements

What to Build:

Build a game using Flutter and Dart with environmental sustainability content.

What to Submit:

  • Include an Application built with the required developer tools.
  • Include a text description that should explain the features and functionality of your Application.
  • Include a demonstration video of your Application. The video portion of the submission:
    • should be approximately one (1) minute
    • should include footage that shows the Application functioning on the device for which it was built
    • must be uploaded to and made publicly visible on YouTube as a YouTube Short and a link to the video must be provided on the submission form on the Contest Site; and
    • cannot contain any content, element, or material that violates a third party’s publicity, privacy or intellectual property rights.
  • Access must be provided to an entrant’s working Application for judging and testing by providing a link to a website, functioning demo, or a test build. If an entrant's code repository is private, entrant must include login credentials in its testing instructions. The Application must be public. 
  • Written and video parts of Entries must be in English.
  • For the Google Wallet Bonus prize, submissions must include integrations with the Google Wallet API.

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Prizes

$103,890 in prizes

Finalist (10)

* Travel to and lodging in New York City (up to 3 team members)
* A day with the Flutter team in the Google NYC office (up to 3 team members)
* VIP tickets to the 2024 Global Citizen Festival (up to 3 team members)
* Digital Recognition
* Swag pack

Best Demo Video

* Digital Recognition
* Swag pack

Best Educational Content

* Digital Recognition
* Swag pack

Honorable Mention (10)

* Digital Recognition
* Swag pack

Community Choice (5)

* Digital Recognition
* Swag pack

Best Integration 1st Place

* $7,500
* Virtual coffee with a Google Wallet team member
* Promotion of project subject to Google’s discretion

Best Integration 2nd Place

* $5,000
* Virtual coffee with a Google Wallet team member
* Promotion of project subject to Google’s discretion

Best Integration 3rd Place

* $2,500
* Virtual coffee with a Google Wallet team member
* Promotion of project subject to Google’s discretion

Best Integration in Japanese - 1st Place

* $7,500
* Virtual coffee with a Google Wallet team member
* Promotion of project subject to Google’s discretion

Best Integration in Japanese - 2nd Place

* $5,000
* Virtual coffee with a Google Wallet team member
* Promotion of project subject to Google’s discretion

Best Integration in Japanese - 3rd Place

* $2,500
* Virtual coffee with a Google Wallet team member
* Promotion of project subject to Google’s discretion

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

Judges

Arnaud Fayolle

Arnaud Fayolle
Art Director, Ubisoft Positive Play

Clayton Whittle

Clayton Whittle
Author, Environment Gaming Best Practices

Jennifer Estaris

Jennifer Estaris
Game Director, Ustwo Games

Lisa Pak

Lisa Pak
Project Lead, UN, Playing for the Planet Alliance

Simon Moss

Simon Moss
Co-founder + COO Global Citizen

Morgan Wynne

Morgan Wynne
Senior Director, Audience Strategy Global Citizen

Randall Lane

Randall Lane
Chief Content Officer, Editor @ Forbes

Nicole LaPointe Jameson

Nicole LaPointe Jameson
Former CEO of Evil Geniuses, Current Board Member of Game*HERs

Wim Stocks

Wim Stocks
Commercial & Partnerships Lead @ Belong Gaming & Vindex

Guy Kirkpatrick

Guy Kirkpatrick
Director, Product & Analytics

Laura Willis

Laura Willis
Global Marketing Lead, Core Developer Flutter

Greg Spencer

Greg Spencer
Senior SWE, Flutter

Louise Hsu

Louise Hsu
Senior SWE, Flutter

Mitchell Goodwin

Mitchell Goodwin
Senior SWE, Flutter

Zoey Fan

Zoey Fan
Product Manager, Flutter

Justin McCandless

Justin McCandless
SWE, Flutter

Andrew Kolos

Andrew Kolos
SWE, Flutter

John Ryan

John Ryan
DevRel, Flutter

Elias Yishak

Elias Yishak
SWE, Flutter

Eric Windmill

Eric Windmill
DevRel, Flutter

Yusuf Mohsinally

Yusuf Mohsinally
SWE, Flutter

Ander Dobo

Ander Dobo
PM, Flutter

Tony Sansone

Tony Sansone
Technical Writer, Flutter

Cheng Lin

Cheng Lin
PM, Flutter

Huan Lin

Huan Lin
SWE, Flutter

Jay Chang

Jay Chang
Product Marketing Manager, Google

Lee Rawles

Lee Rawles
Managing Director, Google Play Games Partnerships

Matt Joseph

Matt Joseph
SWE, YouTube Gaming

Simon Lightfoot

Simon Lightfoot
CTO, DevAngels Limited

Lukas Klingsbo

Lukas Klingsbo
Senior Software Engineer

Filip Hracek

Filip Hracek

Eric Zanardo

Eric Zanardo

Edson Yanaga

Edson Yanaga
Developer Relations Engineer, Google Wallet

Ola Ben Haar

Ola Ben Haar
Developer Relations Lead, Google Payments

Judging Criteria

  • Overall execution
    Projects will be evaluated based on whether they are responsive to screen size changes, can work with different modes of play (trackpad, mouse, keyboard, and touch for mobile web), and accessibility.
  • Use of animation
    Projects will be evaluated based on the visual appeal and implementation of animation widgets.
  • Originality
    Projects will be evaluated based on uniqueness and creativity. Include an innovative and engaging game concept.
  • Best potential value to the community
    Project submissions will be evaluated based on the quality of any tutorials or additional content provided that has the potential to enrich the Flutter community. This includes but is not limited to educational materials, demos, product feedback, etc.
  • Use of environmental sustainability content
    Projects will be evaluated based on relevance to the theme of sustainability and global impact.
  • Multiplatform
    Projects that are deployed to multiple platforms will be evaluated based on their quality across all platforms.
  • Impact
    Does your game have potential for real-world impact? Does your game build community and encourage interactions?

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