We have designed it in a particular way, that allows to aim exactly at two specific targets:
- to create an environment for building new relationships with municipal staff and strengthening the already existing ones;
- to educate local community about existing smart solutions and gather their feedback on the needs and priorities for the city.
Following, you will find the Game’s process description and its elements.
How does the process of Smart City. The Game. looks like?
Imagine four tables with maximum eight players per board plus a moderator. Each participant has an assigned budget, which he or she can invest in whichever smart technology they choose. As a group, players at a table have 30% of the funds necessary to invest in all of the available solutions.
The money can be spent to each player’s liking, but there’s one caveat – no one can invest alone; you need to convince at least one other person at their table to chip in and invest with you. There are three investment rounds.
Each table scores points for: generated savings, improvements in the quality of life, sustainability, and so on. The table that spends the lowest amount of money, at the same time bringing about the largest benefits to the local community wins.
Throughout the game, moderators gather information about local needs, preferences, challenges and worries. They get to better understand the local context and generate spot on recommendations for the municipality.
The game can then be played again with public administration officials, which creates an opportunity for an in-depth discussion about both citizen’s needs and municipal plans.
Even one round of this sort provides inputs and viewpoints that can significantly enhance the creation of local smart city strategy.
Smart City. The Game. was created for a consortium of three technological companies: Philips Lighting Poland, Microsoft Poland and Asseco Data Systems as an element of Smart City Roadshow – a combination of game-based workshops and presentations of smart solutions.