A digital game that challenges competing teams to find the best climate adaptation solutions for different cities around the world.
Proposal by Alessandro Meiguins and Matthew Shirts. “Hack my city” is a game that challenges competing teams to find the best climate adaptation solutions for different cities around the world. Teams draw a city card and play to defend that particular city. If there are six teams, for example, the game might pit New York against Recife, Hong Kong, Venice, Lima and Cape Town. Each team by turn accumulates climate adaptation cards. The goal is to acquire the adaptation strategies (cards) most appropriate for the adaptation challenges of your team’s city (drinking water resilience for Lima; sea rise for Venice, etc). The What Design can do grant would allow us to work out the rules and test the game to see what works best in terms of game play. We foresee beautifully designed decks of cards and game boards that explain the primary climate vulnerabilities of major cities as well as the most efficient and engaging solutions (garbage removal, dikes, sanitation, green roofs, etc.). The act of reading these cards would expand knowledge about the nature of climate adaptation challenges and solutions. This same art work could be adapted to a digital version of Hack my city, allowing it to be played in real time by students and others in different cities around the globe.