Get a Life with ODDZ – “Apps for Development” software competition
On October 7th 2010 the World Bank kicked off the “Apps for Development” software competition to challenge the developer community to create tools, applications, and mash-ups using World Bank data..
Concerned by global issues and experienced in interactive development, I teamed up with Loes Vrielink and we developed the demo of a game aiming to combine data-visualization with social gaming.
We believe that using the graphical language of games to expose real data and inviting the user to “play & learn” has more impact than showing raw statistics, graphs, or charts. Our project mainly focused on disseminating demographical information and issues related to the Millennium Development Goals.
This is more of a proof of concept than a real game as we had little time and zero budget to prototype and develop the whole concept .
We are competing, we would be really thankful if you could support us with your vote.
We are hoping that the competition will give us new opportunities in partnerships and/or for raising fundings.
This is a non-commercial project in wich we invested a lot of time and energy.
By voting you are really participating to our effort.
The public vote will be open until the end of February 2011.
ABOUT THE SUBMISSION
“Survive 3 levels, while creating 9 virtual lives in total. See how your households and countries score against other countries around the world. Collect as many jokers as possible to cope with the situation when your virtual life doesn’t meet the criteria for the Millennium Development Goals”
We wanted to see if it was possible to translate the information from the World Bank datasets into a playable game. We wanted to create awareness of different countries and communicate the goals of the Millennium Development Project, while also keeping it accessible for children, encouraging them to play and learn at the same time.
As well as being a social gaming in the truest sense, it also offers an alternative perspective of the wider world compared to the giant newsgroups we have become so familiar with. Get A Life offers a snapshot into the life of somebody, somewhere, whose story is still in progress.
You can play the game and challenge your friends on our website and on Facebook.
This project was developed specifically for the “Apps for Development” competition.
While playing Get a Life, you can monitor up to 52 indicators for your selected country.
They are sorted into the following categories: Public expenditures, Labor Forces, Education, Health, Infrastructure, Economic Policy and Environment.
Your character’s development will be calculated based on more than 60 demographical indicators divided by gender.
Playing Get a Life with ODDZ is an entertaining way to access the World Bank Data!