15 COUNTRIES | 15 VISIONS | 15 GAMES
ENTER AFRICA aims at building a community and network of people throughout Africa and the world who are dedicated to creating a better future in African cities. It incorporates several workshops in 15 African countries over a duration of almost two years. On this occasion of the first Game Lab in Nairobi which takes place from April18th to 21st at TBA, you are welcome.
*****The public is invited for applying to participate on the Game Lab for four days and also for an evening of Meet & Greet with two of the initiators of the project: Bethlehem Anteneh from Ethiopia and Christoph Deeg from Germany. Date will be set for the meet-and-greet soon.*****
You do not need a programming skill or game design knowledge. All you need is a basic knowledge of how to use a mart phone and curiousity.
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The project entertains African Cities’ issues through playable experience. Anyone with interest for the future of their cities come together from all over Africa to Design, Build and Play it through a MegaGame that connects Africa. It is a Goethe Institut project run by a Gamification Expert -Christoph Deeg and Roman Rackwitz, an Architect-Bethlehem Anteneh and a Software Engineer-Dagmawi Bedilu. The gaming project aims to reach African Cities and its analogue issues playfully as well as digitally.
** The “Making of” ENTER AFRICA**
The project ‘Gamify Your City Future!’ was first run for the first time in early 2017 for the city of Addis Abeba by Creative Future’s support. Playful Experience and Gamification was first introduced to a team of interdisciplinary backgrounds after which they produced the first interactive, location based Game for Addis Abeba, Battle Of The Times. After recognizing its enjoyable potentials towards targeting and reaching a city’s issues and its culture in a new way, Goethe Institute took the next level. The Next Big Level.
“We have had the experience of adapting one City from passively analogue to interactively digital and playable. How about we try to do the same in a bigger scale? In a much bigger scale? Africa?”
**About the facilitators**
Christoph Deeg is a consultant, speaker, and author in the field of gamification and digitalanalogue strategies. He is consulting national and international institutions, organizations, and companies on the development and implementation of comprehensive and sustainable digital strategies and is developing and realizing gamification projects in countries such as Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Austria, Germany, and Mexico. He lectures widely on this topic at national and international conferences and is the author of “Gaming und Bibliotheken” (Gaming and Libraries) and founder of the interdisciplinary network “games4culture.”
Bethlehem Anteneh is an experimental architect that felt an outsider amongst reserved architecture. Her natural curiosity in trying to understand intangible causes and processes that drive the world brought her forth with game-thinking. Her graduation project was then an application of that curiosity resulting in a new daring urban concept. Caught between experience design, playful experience and architecture, she specializes in the possibilities arising from the combination of game-thinking and architecture as well as urban development. Amongst her initiations are Rethopia, and co-founding of the Ethiopian game-thinking and gamification network Chewata Awaqi. It was created during the project “Gamify your City-Future!” with the Goethe Institute in Addis Abeba. Ever since, Chewata Awaqi’s main focus has been on the motivational process for civilians to engage and redefine possibilities of their future in
DATES AND VENUE OF THE GAMES LABS
1st Game Lab: 18-21 April 2018
Time: full day programme (9 PM – 5 PM)
Application deadline: 19 March 2018
2nd Game Lab: first half of 2019
The Game Labs will be held in English
During the programme, which will take place in 15 African countries, you will create a local based game that is connected with the future of your city. The programme consists of two game lab sessions (4 days in 2018 and 3 days in 2019) in your country and online support in between. Every team in every participating country will have the chance to send one representative to an additional Game Lab in Addis Abeba (or somewhere else) to create an African wide game based on the first Game Lab workshops. This mega game will be presented at the gamescom in Cologne, Germany in 2019.
More information on the above: https://www.goethe.de/ins/ke/en/ver.cfm?fuseaction=events.detail&event_id=21182827
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