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City-games are increasingly prevalent in the daily work of policy-makers, regulators, urban designers, smart city experts and architects. The Games for Cities programme contributes to this maturing field of city-making in two ways: by generating a critical and holistic overview of implemented city games, and by encouraging city-game designers to work closely with local governments. Organised by Play the City and partners in close collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut (Staat van Eindhoven), this conference aims to bring Dutch city-gaming practices and international best practices into closer contact with one another.

The conference presents keynotes on city-gaming as the future of city-making, as well as numerous city-game break-out sessions to allow delegates to experience this future for themselves. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet speakers Paolo Pedercini from Molleindustria, Urban Think Tank’s Haris Piplas, Boston-based social designer Eric Gordon from Emerson’s Engagement LabThe Why Factory’s Felix Madrazo, and Ekim Tan from Play the City. During the conference ten internationally operating city-game developers will be present to run game sessions. These include the future scenario building of refugee saturated Jordanian cities, playful renewable energy platforms for citizens, urban water games, and games that confront our own egos and identities in relation to increasing urban densities. DATAstudio Eindhoven collaborates with Play the City to develop a game about urban development for the elderly.

View the full conference programme

Thursday Night Live!

On the first day of the conference game designer Paolo Pedercini, founder of Molleindustria, talks about the role of gaming in making better citizens and better cities during the Thursday Night Live: Can Games make better Cities and Citizens. This event will be moderated by Michiel de Lange.

International Visitors’ Programme

The visit of two keynote speakers, Paolo Pedercini (Molleindustria) and Prof. Eric Gordon (Engagement Lab) is supported by the Het Nieuwe Instituut's International Visitors’ Programme.