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Article about Tidy City in Waiblingen

The ZVW in Waiblingen has written an article about our Tidy City activities there: http://www.zvw.de/index.php?&kat=696

Tidy City in Waiblingen

Direclty after Tutzing we travelled on to Waiblingen, a small town near Stuttgart. There we met with our partners for another exciting mini-project involving Tidy City. At the end of last year we were contacted by the local newspaper publishing house (Zeitungsverlag Waiblingen) and decided to create a mixed reality game together with them for their young audience. Tidy City seemed to fit perfectly, as this way they would not only be able to play such a game, but also leave the creation of a suitable scenario for Waiblingen into the hands of interested kids.

In total, four children were selected to become game designers and create their own Tidy City mission: Leonie, Sarah, Dominik and Jan. To begin with we played a small scenario we had prepared that morning. This way they learned how the game worked – and luckily they had lots of fun! After a short break we set out again and were now using our mobile authoring tools to capture pictures and GPS data so that a new mission for Waiblingen slowly became into being. Many thanks to the kids for their enthusiastic work!

The game will be premiered during the upcoming “Forum für Lokaljournalismus” on January 27th, which is a nationwide convention of journalists. From March 12th to March 20th local families will then have the chance to borrow phones from the newspaper and play the game in Waiblingen.

Check out the Youtube clip about the work done so far:

Tidy City in Tutzing

On the 14th and 15th of January we participated in the convention “Die Vermessung des Urbanen” (“Measuring the Urbanity”). It dealt with a variety of topics concerning the modern city and public space, citizen participation, Web 2.0 and also an outlook into future developments. It was organized by “Die Urbanauten” from Munich and was held in the Evangelische Akademie right at the Starnberger See in the lovely village Tutzing.

We were asked to lead a 90 minute workshop Saturday afternoon and chose “City as a a playground” for our topic. With a total of about 24 participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and age, we played Tidy City to give them a feeling for how location-based games can change and stimulate ones view of the city.

There was also a radio team present that covered the event. You can listen to it at DRadio Wissen.


Authoring the game together with our game designer Michael Straeubig:Michael and me authoring the game

Michael and me authoring the game


We brought quite a few phones with us:

Android phones


The workshop starts:

workshop participants


Final scores:

final scores



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