Category Archives: Education

Geogames events in summer 2014

Two Geogames events took place (rather space) in summer 2014 so far:

Peter Kiefer (ETH Zürich) presented at the ifgi Summer School 2014 on Gamyfing Spatial Collaboration using our CityPoker Designer and staging a game.

Barbara Feulner (Augsburg University) staged a Neocartographer event with school kids evaluating urban public spaces in Augsburg

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CityPoker designer available online

As an additionel outcome of the Geogames and Playful Geodesign project funded by ESRI, a designer tool for the CityPoker Geogame ist now available online:

  1. Choose your town
  2. Arrange a game board – the designer assists you!
  3. Print your game board
  4. Play!

Just give it a try! A brief introduction to the game is provided within the editor. All you need to play is the possibility to send messages from one team to the other!

A more precise workflow of the tool and its use cases in classes on geography at school will be published until August 2014 in the in the most widely read journal for geography teachers in Germany, Praxis Geography.

Got you? Drop us a line: geogames[at]

Geogames at the ESRI User Conference 2013

Dominik Kremer, member of the Geogames team is going to participate in this year’s Education GIS Conference held July 8th to 12th in San Diego, CA. Besides a presentation with the title “Learning to Understand Geodesigns by Playing Geogames” there will be a demonstration of the Geogame CityPoker developed at the University of Bamberg several years ago.

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Geogames Talk at the USC Los Angeles

On Monday, March 11th 2013, Olga Yanenko, member of the Geogames team, is giving a presentation about Geogames at the University of Southern California Spatial Sciences Institute. This visit also involves a test run of the Neocartographer game with USC GeoDesign students.

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The Neocartographer Game

In Neocartographer, two players or teams of players compete, each trying to outperform the opponent in a mapping contest where a player gains an advantage by being the first to contribute a piece of information about a geographic location. The game belongs to the genre of configuration games, where players occupy spatial regions until they reach a winning configuration. In contrast to most of these games, Neocartographer challenges its players by requiring them to reason about spatial distances.

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