The Solar Games (TSG), created by goodXgames is a social gaming platform that will engage 1.2 billion potential gamers and the entertainment industry to create environmental and social change. TSG will build on the goodxgames successes creating 100 mobile games, gaming curriculum development and education, aviation simulation development, search engine optimization and app development for Fortune 500 companies. goodXgames will release TSG in North American, European & Asia Pacific mobile app markets, which represents 706 million players, to provide social-minded gamers the ability to contribute to tangible projects in Haiti through fun gameplay.
TSG: Racing is the first Haitian-themed mobile game that will invest 50% of in-game spending and advertising profits to support a Haiti rural electrification program as a revolving credit fund, education and technical capacity training resource for solar installers, energy access practitioners and entrepreneurs. For example, solar-based businesses in Haiti, focusing on solar lighting and PV systems for homes, schools and medical clinics without electricity access will be identified through Impact partners such as Haiti Energie, Earth Spark International and the Solar Electric Light Fund, as well as from recommendations from the Haiti Action Network and the UN Foundation' Energy Access Practitioners Network.
goodXgames will commit project management staff with expertise to work on the design, development and implementation of rural electrification schemes.
goodXgames will collect and utilize data from its impact partners for customer locations, products purchased, after sale service as well as metrics relevant to program accountability. Within the game, impact leaderboards will link impact data with player and ad spending by individuals, social groups, CSR programs, artists and brands. For example, a CSR program can see which employees created the most energy access from gameplay competitions.
HAITI GAME DEVELOPMENT, Solar Games: Racing. June - November 2014
Development includes game functionality, additional tracks, digital store and brand integration for participating Impact partners, recording artists and celebrities
IMPACT INTEGRATION, July - December, 2014:
Implement google maps and Salesforce integration with Impact partners.
Develop database for monitoring, reporting and verification procedures to maintain accountability of Impact partners.
LAUNCH BETA, October, 2014
IMPACT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT, July - December, 2014:
In coordination with Impact partners, identify pilot locations in Haiti without access to electricity.
Conduct baseline survey and assessments for partners' target communities.
Develop communications procedures with Impact partners.
Co-develop scalable project implementation procedures with partners.
Determine appropriate technology for target communities based on the need and socioeconomic data from the assessment (includes solar lighting, clean cookstoves, individual SHS, Pico-grid, Micro-grid, Solar Market Garden.)
Develop culturally relevant pilot campaign with practitioner & micro-finance partners, targeting women entrepreneurs and communities in need of energy access.
Prepare promotional material, identify target households and finalize micro-credit provision.
Test and integrate monitoring, reporting, verification, database & communications protocol into TSG platform.
Implement management and training infrastructure at target locations.
Re-assess project implementation procedures.
IMPLEMETATION: December 2014 - April 2015:
Launch awareness campaign for pilot communities.
Install pilot PV solution and distribute samples of solar lighting to community and educational leadership.
Ensure customer communications, support and surveys are functional.
Confirm operational functionality across Management, Installation, Distribution, Entrepreneurial Sales Training, Support, Technology & Telecommunications infrastructure.
Distribute first quarterly disbursement to revolving credit and capacity training programs.
MEASUREMENT, REPORTING & VERIFICATION: December 2014 - August 2015
Prepare monthly and quarterly reporting format and schedule.
Communicate the reporting format with ground staff.
Implement reporting format with monitoring and evaluation.
Post-Impact Assessment of each target community after program implementation.
Integrate monthly and quarterly data into database and Solar Games' Player Impact Profile.
ADDITIONAL GAME AND VERSION UPDATES: November 2014 - July 2015
CSR PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT, April - August 2015
Based on the success of the project goodXgames will expand games focusing on Africa in 2015.
Energy connects economic growth, increased social equity, and creates an environment that allows communities to thrive. At a time when 1.2 billion people worldwide lack access to electricity, according to SE4ALL.org, and when a shift to sustainable energy use is imperative to protect the Earth's climate, a worldwide effort is required to achieve sustainable energy for all.
Sustainable energy provides new opportunities for economic growth. It enables businesses to grow, generates jobs, and creates new markets. For example, in Africa, solar lighting sales have created an industry that produces jobs for local entrepreneurs and helps millions of people affordably swap out kerosene for solar lighting. In addition, children can study after dark without inhaling toxic gas. Clinics can store life-saving vaccines. With sustainable energy, countries can grow more resilient, and build competitive economies.
In Haiti, specifically, 75% of households lack access to electricity resulting in the use of kerosene or charcoal based products for indoor lighting, cooking and energy generation. Aside from higher energy costs, fossil fuels contribute to the detriment of a family's financial resources, education, health, women, and the environment.
Increased access to renewable lighting technologies would reduce the burden and time involved collecting scarce wood suitable for burning, while providing both environmental and socioeconomic benefits. However, the dissemination of solar products is dependent on the ability to provide access to capital and technical capacity training for solar entrepreneurs in Haiti.
The global gaming business is in a unique position to leverage a billion industry (including consoles, pc and mobile games) which engages youth to build awareness and create new sources of capital to invest in energy access and renewable technology.
Video games present a unique opportunity to connect individuals with fun engaging ways to change the world. In the U.S. alone, 48% of people's time on mobile devices are spent playing games; popular titles include Minecraft, Candy Crush Saga, and Angry Birds. As the mobile game industry explodes from billion in 2013 to billion in 2016 (according to applift), it is imperative to build fun, high quality games that raise awareness and funding for the biggest environmental issues facing our world.