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Brainstorming with USAID & Holiday Celebration - Next Tues 12/4

  • Dec 4, 2012 · 6:30 PM

Hello everyone,

We have not gathered since February of this year.  Busy-ness with a number of things including DCGames has kept me from providing you with fun gatherings.  I am hopeful, however, that you will join us for this one.  It will be quite fascinating and I hope fun as well.

USAID is developing a game for Jordanian youth to inspire civic engagement through a city building game. Here is some more information from USAID:

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is the federal agency responsible for providing humanitarian and development assistance to countries worldwide that are need of support.  USAID has staff in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia.  USAID works in a range of development areas including disaster assistance, health, education, economic growth, conflict management and mitigation, and democracy, human rights, and governance, among others.  More information on USAID can be found at:

During the past few years, a team of USAID staff has been exploring how the Agency can use serious games as a tool to complement their international development efforts, particularly their work with youth.  This team, which represents multiple sectors, is currently overseeing a serious gaming pilot program that is focused initially on Jordan.  The first game that is being developed is a facebook citybuilding game focused on strengthening Jordanian youth's civic engagement and systems thinking skills. If the pilot is successful, they will expand the program to other countries in the Middle East and beyond.

The USAID team is interested in meeting with the DC Gaming Group ??? to benefit from our expertise in gaming and to get feedback from us on the current pilot project. They have encountered some implementation challenges and have requested our feedback.  They met with us a couple years back and had indicated they were extremely impressed and would love to establish a connection with group. One potential option could be to consider us an informal advisory group on the project..


They have a preliminary game design and are contemplating whether to go down the Facebook or mobile app path.  They are interested in hearing your expert opinions on both these elements.

We will have some holiday goodies.  Feel free to bring something if you wish.  We cannot have alcohol in the building, but other beverages will be provided.

Details of how to enter building:

Come to the 14th street entrance of the Ronald Reagan Building.  When you enter the building they will have to go through a security check. Ten go to their left and go to USAID's Security Desk (lobby). Go through USAID's security check.  People should congregate there and Maryanne will come downstairs to escort them (this is all on the first floor of the building).

If you come via metro, come out of the metro, go up two escalators to the large courtyard (where the Aria restaurant is).  This is on the 13th Street side of the Ronald Reagan Building.  The main entrance to the building is likely to be closed after 7pm, but they can go to their right (north towards Pennsylvania) and there will be another entrance to the RRB behind the Aria restaurant.  You will need to go through the building's security check and walk to the other end of the building (14th street) where the USAID desk is.  Ask the guards if they need assistance.

Hope to see y'all on Tuesday!


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  • limor s.

    Interesting project and great conversation. Thank you all for participating.

    1 · December 4, 2012

  • Kirk T.

    Hi Limor - I am disappointed to realise that I have a conflict now for tomorrow's event! I had hope to be able to collaborate with my team on some Unity assets for the Jordan City Game as well as to offer some other thought on a Global Climate Change Game using UNity 4 and the GIS plug-in and real-time data-flows. Perhaps, we can pick it up later if possible. I am in Arlington and will make myself available to your schedule as possible. [masked]

    December 3, 2012

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