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Slaying the Dragon: My Quick Take
ISSUE: How could we get significantly more engagement and real insight from the people who actually have to
deal with the problems EVOKE is targeting?
In a word- cellphones. Cellphone use is on the rise in many countries, faster than computers if I'm not mistaken. It's currently being used to do banking in India, seeing a rise in Africa. When William Kamkwamba set up his windmills, a major usage was the recharging of cell phones. It's likely that if we can put more cell friendly challenges, missions, and interface in, more people will be able to play.
SCOPE & CONSTRAINTS: Keep it simple. It must be something which can interface with EVOKE in some way. It could be low
tech. It must be quick to implement (days or weeks at the most – EVOKE
does not have months). It must be easy to implement. It should be cheap
I think we need some challenges that are simpler to pull off, but still vital educational resources/development. For instance, bite sized micro-learns that could be texted and Tweeted in if need be, possibly in the style of polls or displayed messages.
Another route would be phone recordings, but harder to pull off. A recorded mission could be phoned and players could then phone a mission complete line to record mp3s, but it's a lot more technology heavy and more work.
(It might also be an idea to simplify the rewards for this, making perhaps three categories rather than 10. 10 is a lot to try and show off or explain on a cell phone, but three would be easy- probably just Learn, Act, and Imagine.)
OUTPUT: Ideas for how we can address the issue above. Try to make these more than just one-liners. An idea needs to be
something someone can actually DO, otherwise it’s just a thought (“I’m
hungry” is a thought but “lets order in some pizza from that new place
down the road right now” is an idea)
Breakdown the missions into smaller chunks. Don't have "Which rule do you like and why?". Give a single rule or two and ask which they like better and single sentence answer why. It doesn't kill them bill wise to try texting something small.
Micro-evoke missions would allow more participation for those with less technology.
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I think I mentioned this somewhere else, but how about using Twitter as an interface? Set up an Evoke Twitter account-- perhaps with people agreeing to act as relays and posting tweets here.
The only thing is, I don't know anything about the details of costs and so on. I know cell-phone charges here in the Czech Republic are substantially less than for landlines, but still not super cheap.