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Pallabi Munsi

28 November 2020

United States

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Glenn Cantave is bridging two worlds- AR technology and school curriculum, in order to educate students about Black and Brown people's history. With a team of coders he created an app called “Movers and Shakers.” The ...

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Chris Rudisill

27 November 2020

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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What began as informal online gaming sessions grew into a group of hundreds of LGBTQ gamers, calling themselves Charlotte Gaymers Network, that fostered community and a safe place to gather during the pandemic. Though...

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Laura von Puttkamer

3 November 2020

Sweden

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Urban planning using gamification is a viable way of engaging diverse parts of the population and placing people and communities at the center of the process. “Block by Block” is a collaboration between UN Habitat and...

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Steven Melendez

28 October 2020

United States

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Hovercast is a technology startup helping democratic organizations add interactivity to virtual events. The model, which has been used by prominent political candidates such as Bernie Sanders, uses interactive live-st...

Education Next

Marty West

21 October 2020

United States

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Nationally, civic courses lack rigor, partly because few states require coursework in civics. A new video game called “Portrait of a Tyrant,” based on the Declaration of Independence, could change that. “Let’s gamify ...

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Ruth Reader

13 October 2020

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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To combat the spread of conspiracy theories, researchers at Cambridge’s Social Decision Making Lab have created an interactive game that puts users in the shoes of "manipulators" to teach them how to "question social ...

Freethink

Teresa Carey

2 August 2020

Southern Pines, North Carolina, United States

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By building scientifically accurate virtual tress, NatureXR is providing an opportunity for scientists, policymakers, and other stakeholders to use virtual reality to understand ecosystems and model conservation impac...

Generocity

William Bleier

27 July 2020

New Jersey, United States

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The startup PIF^2 is a “social impact mobile game platform” that partners with charities to raise money through ad revenue and in-game purchases. It hosts “game-a-thons” that target a younger demographic who can gener...

The Washington Post

Elise Favis

9 January 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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An orthopedic surgeon, software developers, and medical experts have teamed up to create a virtual reality headset that helps eliminate unpredictability during surgical procedures. Although this is one of many technol...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 October 2019

Sweden

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To get input on city design plans from citizens without any technical knowledge, some city planners are turning to Minecraft, an easy-to-use computer game that allows users to build in a three dimensional environment....

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Ben Paynter

19 March 2019

United States

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A new charity app called Millie builds upon tested app dynamics like online payment services, gamification, and social networks to encourage millennials to give to charities and organizations of their choosing. Rather...

Los Angeles Times

Jessica Roy

5 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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SimCity, a popular simulation game created in 1989, inspired a generation of future city planners with its ability to make urban design accessible and fun, While the simulations have their inconsistencies with real li...

IEEE Spectrum

Lynne Peskoe-Yang

4 February 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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Gamifying energy-efficient behavior can help consumers adjust their habits. Project GresBAS (Grid Responsive Society through Building Automation Systems) incentivizes consumers by allowing them to compete against thei...

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Kathleen Burge

27 December 2018

Biddeforde, Maine, United States

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The University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine is using virtual reality to help medical students empathize with patients who are at the end of their lives. The technology has also been used to create ot...

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Nicola Kelly

23 October 2018

Bologna, Italy

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A fun app called “Bella Mossa” has incentivized people to ditch their cars in Bologna. The anti-pollution effort gives users credits for biking, walking, and using public transport. Users can then swap their credits f...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 October 2018

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With support from Accountability Lab and Transparency International, seven countries have held “Integrity Idol” contests to recognize their most honest and helpful public servants. Winners have become people others wa...

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Nick Holland

25 September 2018

London, United Kingdom

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A Tovertafel, or “Magic Table” in Dutch, uses a projector and sensors to create interactive games for people with dementia. From catching fish and popping bubbles to assembling puzzles, the games reduce apathy, improv...

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Claire Bates

25 September 2018

England

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Jelly drops, board games, and a box that projects interactive images and is sensitive to movement, are all examples if products being created to help people with dementia. “She enjoys that rather than being at home ...

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Jennifer Guay

19 September 2018

Suining, China

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Games can make policymaking more participatory and push citizens to change their behavior in public, and private, spaces. To keep engagement high, governments should change the games periodically and include both onli...

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Kristen Davis

21 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Lee Gaddis transformed an interest in board games into a business that helps all gamers, while on the side empowering youth to find career opportunities in gaming in his hometown of Detroit. The TableTopper is a produ...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

18 July 2018

Liverpool, England

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Resistance 101 is a game that teaches people about insecticide resistance and educates them about how to choose which insecticides to use in different situations. Educating communities on malaria prevention has proved...

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Lee Mannion

3 July 2018

London, England

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By 2025, Britain expects to have one million citizens suffering from dementia. The National Health Service is testing a new form of therapy where scenes reminiscent of a person with dementia's past are played on a vir...

Bloomberg CityLab

Linda Poon

26 June 2018

Mönchengladbach, Germany

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Bus Simulator 18 is an online game that was released by a Germany company, and it helps players grapple with the challenges of operating a public bus system. Players run the bus company and need to make money while fo...

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Jennifer Guay

15 May 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Games can help government employees feel more engaged in their work. The United Kingdom’s Department of Work and Pensions uses a game called Idea Street to encourage innovation, and the City of Louisville, Kentucky, a...

The Guardian

Amanda Holpuch

Olivia Solon

1 May 2018

United States

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Immersive virtual reality trains students and employees on how actions can lead to harassment and discrimination in schools and the workplace. These interactive games have shown to be effective at helping people retai...

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