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Participatory Pokémon GO

A city-wide, youth-led challenge to create new PokéStops around Boston.

Participatory Pokémon GO is a city-wide creative competition. The goal is to support more equitable representation of neighborhoods in the popular mobile game, Pokémon GO.

The challenge

The competition is a partnership with:

  • Niantic, Inc. (the publisher and developer of Pokémon GO)
  • Boston's Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
  • Boston's Mayor's Office of Resilience and Racial Equity
  • the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, and
  • ENGAGE Boston.

We'll work with middle school and high school students to choose the sites of new “PokéStops.” These are real-world locations where players must travel to play the game. These new PokéStops will be added to the game permanently.

From July 10 - August 18, 2017, youth across the City will explore their neighborhoods to identify meaningful locations. These can include small parks or historic buildings where something awesome happened. Students will make 60-second videos explaining why these locations should be included in Pokémon GO. A youth-led selection process will then review the videos and pick the winning locations where new PokéStops will be created.

Through this process, students will gain experience in:

  • civic advocacy
  • training in media literacy, and
  • enrichment through cultural and community exploration.

How can partners help?

We’re currently seeking any interested Boston summer programs to bring this process to their sites. The project includes five lessons that cover neighborhood exploration, advocacy, and video production. These lessons can be delivered in a three-hour workshop, or over the course of several weeks, depending on your schedule.

Participatory Pokémon GO is free, and Emerson College students may be available to co-teach lessons and run video production workshops. $100 stipends will be awarded to the first 50 sites who successfully implement the program. Join us for a summer of Pokémon GO fun.

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Engagement Lab
Engagement Lab

An applied research and design lab dedicated to reimagining civic engagement for a digital culture.

Engage Boston

Ensuring all youth in school or in afterschool activities experience deep and meaningful civic engagement.

Pokemon Go
Pokémon Go

Explore cities and towns where you live—and even around the globe—to capture as many Pokémon as you can.

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