The first international conference to host leading city-game design experts from around the world. Games for Cities is an initiative started by Play the City and partners, and aims to create a platform for knowledge exchange on games that have the potential to facilitate more effective and inclusive city-making. The conference will be held in Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Instituut and is open to the public.
City-games increasingly enter into the daily work of policy-makers, regulators, urban designers, smart city experts and architects. The Games for Citiesprogramme contributes to this maturing field of city-making in two ways: by generating a critical and holistic overview of implemented city games, as well as through encouraging city-game designers to work closely with local governments. Organised by Play the City and partners in close collaboration with Het Nieuwe Institute, this conference aims to bring Dutch city-gaming practices into closer contact with international best practices, and vice versa.
This promises to be an intriguing conference with keynotes on how city-gaming is the future of city-making, as well as numerous city-game break-out sessions to experience this future for yourselves. You will get the chance to meet Paolo Pedercini from Molleindustria, Urban Think Tank’s, Haris Piplas, Boston-based social designer Eric Gordon from Emerson’s Engagement Lab, and The Why Factory’s Felix Madrazo as the invited speakers at the conference. During the conference, 10 internationally active city-game developers will be present to run game sessions. Among these city-games are the future scenario building of refugee saturated Jordanian cities, playful renewable energy platforms for citizens, urban water games, and games that confront our own egos and identities regarding increasing urban densities.
We are proud to announce that the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, will open the conference on Day 2. Partners of Games for Cities and Play the City are the Amsterdam University of Applied Science’s Play and Civic Media Lab, Utrecht University’s New Media Studies, TU Delft’s The Why Factory, and The Mobile City whose work will be featured during the conference. The Dutch Cities of Amsterdam, Utrecht and Eindhoven, have brought in and financed three Games for Cities cases, which will be explored in the conference.
The Games for Cities program has been made possible by the generous contributions of the Creative Industries Fund NL, as well as the three Municipalities mentioned above.