Urbanopoly - a Social and Location-based Game with a Purpose to Crowdsource your Urban Data

Publication Date: 
Monday, 3 September, 2012
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Irene Celino, Dario Cerizza, Simone Contessa, Marta Corubolo, Daniele Dell'Aglio, Emanuele Della Valle, Stefano Fumeo

Checking-in various venues in our surrounding environment via location-based apps like foursquare is becoming more and more popular; this behaviour makes people share some “bits” of their location with their friends. Exploiting this trend in a Human Computation fashion to collect information about urban environments is the aim of the Urbanopoly Android app – a social, mobile and location-based Game with a Purpose designed around the idea of the “monopoly” board game. In this paper, we illustrate the main design choices for Urbanopoly – including the use of social media like Facebook in the context of a Human Computation approach – and we explain the gameplay.