Smart City Conference - Mind the Game

We focused on gamification, presenting the initiative and motivational power of games, and showing all the inherent and undeveloped opportunities of them. The participants could experience on their own skin what is playing and learning by playing like. The first day of the conference started with an urban game indeed.

In the game 8-10 people out of participants formed a team and then they passed along in a determined order on spots of the city centre and there complete different and at the same time, playful and funny tasks. Without being exhaustive, there were tasks like riding a velocipede, guerilla growing, singing and having songs sung and passing balls. In return for gained tokes the participants could consume in Lumen Café for free.

On the next day we could get an insight into gamification and into motivation through it. The next section was the international stage of best practices, where the greatest examples for initiation were shown from Berlin to Valencia, finally the representatives of different field introduced themselves: presenters who use gamificiation in their everyday work. As the last professional program, the three winners of the Smart City Lab proposal by Design Terminal was introduced to the audience. The tired participants could relax and talk to the presenters informally with a fine glass of wine in their hands by the end of the day.

Naturally, games and gamification strongly attended on the second day of the conference as well, for example participants could only get their coffee if the could find their pairs based on the card they had picked at the entrance. 6 project from Budapest also presented their projects and the audience could vote on the ones they liked the best. The winner was Cycling City, they got 250.000 HUF out of the entrance fee to establish their ideas next year.

Thank you for the support to the Visegrád Fund, who provided the needed sources for organizing the conference, and thank you to the city of Budapest as well. Special thanks to Prezi, who made the venue available for us. To be continued next year…