Forgotten And Falling - What Can Pokemon Go Do?

Posted: May 5 2017, 8:59am CDT | by , in News | Gaming

 
Forgotten and Falling - What Can Pokemon Go Do?
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The makers of Pokemon Go, Niantic, have seen that their app is starting to get covered up by the onslaught of new publicity for other gaming systems and needed to come up with something new. That might be why they teamed up with the Knight Foundation to help promote civic engagement over a few years. This means that both brands will give time, money, and opportunities for people to explore their own cities and catch even more Pokemon.

Sam Gill, the VP at the foundation said in an interview with Co.Design, “We’re techno-optimists at the Knight Foundation. We were excited to see someone who had seemingly cracked the code of how to use this device we’re all carrying around to go out and interact with each other.”

The partnership launches on Sunday, May 7 in Charlotte, NC. There is already an event for the Knight's Open Streets events, so they will launch there. The cities close off roads, allowing people to walk through the streets, making it perfect for a Pokemon Go activity as well. They have chosen 16 existing PokeStops and two gyms to use in the activity, promoting local spaces as well.

“They’re really interesting features of the community,” says John Hanke, CEO of Niantic in that same interview, “that hopefully educate people as they discover their civic pride.”

It has even been called a "love letter" to different cities.

“That’s a small thing, to discover a nook or cranny of your city . . . but that small thing magnified by lots and lots of people is really significant,” says Hanke. “So we’re going to keep working on our side to cause that to happen more often.”

Hanke also highlights that this wasn't done without care - he knows that people aren't necessarily in love with historic sites or architecture. It is something that they have to be close to in order to fully understand it and appreciate it. He learned that when he lived in San Francisco.

“I biked from my house, caught the ferry from San Francisco, and was like, ‘this is incredible!’ he recounts. “It was such an eye-opener to me. A glimpse that this could be my life, if I did something to make it happen. I developed this idea, that maybe we could use technology to help people reclaim public space,” he says. “Not from anyone, but from dereliction, from neglect.”

No one is sure how this collaboration will work for either company yet. The hopes are that more people will start going into their communities and that people will start playing Pokemon Go again. It is a hefty goal, but it might jus be what both need.

“I think about it as a prototype to the future of cities, period,” says Gill. “I think cities are either going to use technology to get people out into space together, or it’s going to drive people apart.”

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