Going to PDC16? Come and learn with us! In this half-day learning workshop, you’ll get to prototype with our “game toolkit” on hybrid games, connecting urban furniture to digital flows of communication. (We’ll also be presenting in a related session on Designing in “Constellations” on Thursday.)
Hybrid games for stronger neighborhoods: testing new tools to connect residents, art, and sense of place
This half-day “learning workshop” will prototype and advance theory around the participatory design of hybrid games. In contrast to screen-centered games, our game platform makes it easier to repurpose ordinary urban objects – from aging payphones to experimental bus stop displays. Based on three years of experience in South Los Angeles with the Leimert Phone Company, our methods for Participatory Design (PD) combine low and high-tech to leverage local culture.
Key workshop features:
- The resulting games are hybrids, where the action is alternately woven across the digital and physical.
- Successful hybrid games offer meaningful choices to players that are immediate and connected to real life, from introducing neighbors (building the social fabric), to photographing street art (documenting local culture), buying from a local business (shifting the economy), and revealing local history.
- Hidden in each design is a set of technologies (e.g., see some of our hardware) that bridge communication networks, including cell phone SMS and Raspberry Pi computers hidden inside payphones.
Who should register?
- Requires no technology skills, since the platform seeks to maximize participation in the design process. Participants’ own knowledge of cities and important cultural neighborhoods will be used to create 2-3 semi-functional games.
>> For full details, see our official workshop proposal (a two-page PDF).
Questions? Please feel encouraged to share any ideas, concerns or questions with the three authors as linked above. To register for the workshop, see the conference website.