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Habitat is on the Map – Find the Virtual Pins

Habitat the Game Virtual pins

We have created a picasa file, a gallery of the Habitat pins showing where they are located in the world. You can view the gallery here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/albumMap?uname=104195294115560509963&aid=6062656779560432689#map

It is a public map so feel free to share.

Habitat the Game Virtual Pins

Habitat the Game Virtual Pins

The pin gallery is in the same spot:

https://picasaweb.google.com/104195294115560509963/HabitatTheGameVirtualPins?authuser=0&feat=directlink

The People’s Climate March from within the costume

We had a fabulous time at the People’s Climate March yesterday.  We made a couple of videos that centred on our Habitat mascot and below are some photos.

Our mascot Nara Garber who wore the bear suit in steamy conditions has shared on Facebook her experience of the march from within the costume. Below is a very unique perspective of the People’s Climate March:

Thank you all for tolerating the deluge of bear imagery in recent days. Before I take a much needed social media sabbatical and throw myself back into my Braddock edit, I wanted to share a few random observations. IF YOU ARE WEARING A POLAR BEAR COSTUME…:

1. You are essentially inhabiting your own microclimate, which, yesterday, was a not a particularly pleasant one. I spent the second half of the march recalling anecdotes from troops I met in Iraq and reminding myself that I was neither in harm’s way nor saddled with 50 lbs. of gear in 130 degree heat. So, if you ever wondered what a mascot is thinking…

2. Some children will run to you and hug you as though you are the essence of all that is good in the world.

3. Other children will look at you and sob hysterically.

4. It is possible to make the NYPD smile (although not without effort).

5. Smiling for photographs is utterly pointless (and yet I did this all day…).

6. People are strangely attuned to your body language. Dancing elicits dancing; bows elicit bows; lethargy… well, you get the point.

7. Someone watching 310,000 people march by might pull you over and ask if you’ve seen Deirdre. (?!)

8. Your vision is limited both horizontally and vertically, and you are in constant danger of tripping on barricades and other people. If you are ever stepped on by a mascot, don’t take it personally.

9. You are dependent on others to keep you upright and hydrated. Thank you, Tolan, for being the best support crew a bear could wish for… and for still being willing to register for a marriage license with me the morning after.

I should also explain one more time that the “Habitat” on the bear’s shirt refers to Habitat the Game, a free app created by my friend and roommate, Kylee Ingram that teaches kids about the environment and sustainability while promoting real world actions. For more information, visit http://www.habitatthegame.com.

Here’s to better stewardship of our planet 365 days a year!

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Habitat at the BEAMS Festival

On Saturday the 20th of September Habitat the Game will recreate an interactive winter wonderland in Henrietta Lane, at the annual BEAMS Festival in Chippendale Sydney:

http://beamsfestival.com.au/

The winter wonderland will allow players to mirror their portable device and play the game on the large screen.

Mock of Habitat the Game's Winter Wonderland at the BEAMS Festival

Mock of Habitat the Game’s Winter Wonderland at the BEAMS Festival

To reinforce the sustainable message a series of displays will be set up to demonstrate the real-world actions required to keep the polar bear alive and happy. The Installation will represent bear’s habitat by projecting an icy arctic ocean with oversized cardboard icebergs, sheets of ice and life size polar bears inhabiting the cardboard ice world.

Team Habitat will also be running an interactive scavenger hunt. There will also be some of Australia’s most popular virtual pins relocated to the area for the day! Players will be able to collect the humpback whale, koala, black cockatoo, kangaroo, including popular Wilderquest series of pins.

Find all of the pins and receive a prize!

Habitat the Game virtual pins at the BEAMS Festival

Habitat the Game virtual pins at the BEAMS Festival

 

The event starts from 5pm so bring your kids and your phone and enjoy!

Habitat the Game Player Tutorials

We have finished 7 short videos that explain Habitat the Game.

An Introduction:

How to Care for your Bear:

How to feed your Bear:

Real World Actions:

Glacier Park:

Your Profile

How to Trade Pins

 

You can see these videos and more on our youtube channel at :Habitat the Game on YouTube

 

 

Can technology get kids outdoors?

We are hoping to talk at SXSW about how technology can get kids outdoors.

If you have 2 minutes you can vote for our project below.
 
Vote to see my session at SXSW 2015!

Habitat the Game video tutorials

There are so many aspects to Habitat the Game – real world actions, bear care, glacier park, player profiles, mini games and more.

A number of players have asked us “how to” so we have begun to film a series of player tutorials with the game’s creator Kylee Ingram.

They will be available on our YouTube channel.

Check out the first video, all you need to know about Bear Care:

How much have you saved?

Captain P is my Habitat user name. I have 3268 Habitat points which places me in 45th position on the leader board. A couple of weeks back I received an email from 7 year old Madeline telling me she loved the game and she was top of the leader board with over 5000 points.

I can’t see Madeline from my position but I am sure she has racked up many more points by now.

When players sign in we are all asked to sign onto the honour system by ticking a box that says we promise to tell the truth about our real world missions. So there is no way for us to verify if players are lying about what they have done in the real world but I am able to tell you about what I have achieved in the month I have been playing. I have tried to be as accurate about my behaviours as possible and according to my profile I have saved:

–       240 buckets of water,
–       103.8 feet of land, and
–       5181 balloons of carbon.

The calculations of my real world behaviours

So what does this mean? It is the team at Integrated Sustainable Analysis at Sydney University who have up with the algorithms and our measurement tools.

The number of buckets represents the litres of water based on an averaged sized 10 litre bucket or 2.64 gallons.

Buckets of water represent the number of litres of water you have saved

Buckets of water represent the number of litres of water you have saved

The number of footprints represents the area of land that a player has NOT disturbed by their actions. The measurement is based on a typical human footprint area of 300 cm2 or 47 square-inches.

Represents the area of land you have NOT disturbed

The number of balloons represents the volume of greenhouse gas emissions measured in terms of volume of C02 gas, 1 kg or 2.2 pounds.

The number of balloons represents the volume of greenhouse gas emmissions

Remember all of these actions are based around rewarding players when they are under the national average.

So if we add all of my measurements up I have saved:

–       2,400 Litres of water or 576 Gallons of water
–       31,140 cm2 or 4,878.6 square inches of land
–       5181 kg or 11,398.2 pounds of carbon

I could keep calculating to tell you that each gallon of gas you put in a car produces 14 pounds of carbon dioxide. My behaviours equate to about the equivalent savings of over 800 gallons of gas.

Although we can never verify the actions of our players, right now we have a couple of thousand kids playing and collectively they have saved:

Community Saved Water Buckets: 32703.48

Community Saved Soccer Fields: 882965.09

Community Saved Light bulbs: 2935397.98

And who said kids can’t make a difference? It is going to take top down and bottom up approaches to address global issues like climate change and we need our kids to know they can be part of the solution.

We are keen to know what you have saved and what that equates to. Please share your profile with us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/habitatthegame

To learn more about how Sydney University came to calculate these savings go to our previous blog post:

https://habitatthegame.wordpress.com/2014/03/22/incentivising-players-to-reduce-their-footprint-by-25-below-the-national-average/

 

Feedback for Habitat the Game

Habitat has enjoyed it’s first month in the hands of players young and old.

We have had a lot of feedback from parents and players. See some of our favourite comments below:

Sally mother of Lachlan aged 9
Lachie found Habitat on my phone, he loves it!! When he gets a turn on my phone he’s choosing Habitat over Minecraft!

Mat father of Alex aged 8
Given that he only has about 30 minutes a day on an ipad, habitat held its own against games like clumsy ninja, and lego star wars for play time.

Jane mother of  Will aged 9
Will loves Habitat. He has taught his siblings and neighbours how to play. Will has a life’s amount of ‘screen time’ each week but he manages to check on his bear – and if he doesn’t his brother or sister do!  It has been great to see some of Habitat’s lessons put into action in our home – shorter showers, lights turned out and a keenness to recycle their old toys and clothes.

Olivia aged 7
I liked taking care of the bear and feeding it so I knew the bear was healthy and could have a baby. I liked the swimming in the Arctic looking for fish.

Krissie mother of three
Habitat allows a child to imagine and create with a positive environmental focus. This is the best app of it’s genre. It is a positive and challenging experience for children. It encourages children to think about the environment and the positive choices they can make as independent thinkers.

 

Madeline aged 7
I LOOOOOOOOVE your game. (Today at my brothers soccer my mum said do you want to play on my phone I said no I,d like to play on dads phone can you guess why?)
I soooooooooooo like your game I am the leader. I have 4594 points already.

 

 

 

 

How to trade pins

How to trade pins. This is the article we posted on the help section of the game for kids. We have included here for parents with pictures of the screens.

Become a global trader!

We are keen to see Habitat players head outside and explore the world.

We will reward you for going outside and finding Habitat locations.

There are currently over 100 Habitat pins in 13 different countries around the world; to find the virtual pins make sure you turn on the location services and sign in.

 

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Habitat the game virtual pin

When you are near a Habitat location you will be notified about the location and which unique virtual pin you will find.

There are a number of ways you can search for pins:

–       Use the map to see the pins around you and around the world,

–       By country; will show you what pins are available in each country,

–       By Pin; type in the name of the pin you would like to find.

 

Habitat the game virtual pin board

How to search for virtual pins

At each Habitat location there is a unique virtual pin you can collect.  These pins can be traded at a later date.

 When you are close enough to the pin, tap on the pin to collect. The pin is instantly added to your Pin Gallery.

 

Collect your virtual pin

Habitat virtual pin collection

For additional Habitat points answer the multiple-choice questions on the reverse side of the pin.

Collecting more than one pin

You can collect up to three of each pin at any one time. Although you do have to wait 30 minutes after collecting your first pin before you can receive your second pin at that location.

You Pin Gallery will show which pins you own, how many of each pin you have and what pins you have up for trading.

 

Habitat virtual pin gallery

Habitat’s virtual pin gallery

Trading

 Once you have collected a pin it automatically goes into your trading list, ie the trading icon is on. You can turn off the trading icon by simply tapping it when your pin is full screen.

 

If another player puts one of your pins on their wish list you will be notified they would like to make a trade. You will be able to see what pin/pins they will offer in return for you pin.

You then have three choices:

–       accept their offer,

–       reject their offer or

–       ask them to make another offer.

Trades between two players will stay open for an hour and you can trade up with 5 different players at a time.

Any pins you would like to add to your gallery can be added by tapping them on your wish list. You can find pins to add to your wish list by doing either a search by country or by pin name.

 There are currently 102 pins you can collect. They are located in the following countries:

 USA
Guatemala
Venezuela
Brazil
Costa Rica
Honduras
Belize
Nicaragua
Kenya
Mexico
Peru
Australia
Scotland
New Zealand

You will need to work with other players around the world to get the full set of pins.

For more information on pins you can find us on instagram at habitatthegame or twitter @habitatthegame 

Habitat the Game Launches

Habitat officially launched at Central Park Zoo this week.  We invited a bunch of NYC’s mommy bloggers to attend the event.

We filmed a little video of the event.

Below is the press release that will be sent out later today:

New Environmental App, Habitat the Game, Sends Kids on Real-life Missions to Save Virtual Endangered Species and Reduce Their Carbon Footprint

Habitat’s point system incentivizes players towards a 25% reduction in their carbon, water and land use

New York, NY – May 14, 2014  – The Wildlife Conservation Society and the Rainforest Alliance have announced an environmental app, Habitat the Game, during a media event in the Central Park Zoo in New York City. In an era where kids spend less than four minutes a day on unstructured outdoor play, this free app rewards kids for undertaking environmental actions and exploring the outdoors.

Designed to teach seven to 12 year-olds ecologically sustainable habits, Habitat encourages players to adopt an endangered animal, a virtual polar bear, and keep it happy and healthy. Players earn points through games in the app and by completing real-life “missions,” like recycling or checking in at more than 30 parks around the world, including the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo and Central Park Zoo, as well as national parks and other iconic sites. The virtual pins collected at these sites can also be traded with players around the world.

“Kids today spend 70 percent less time outdoors than they did two generations ago,” said Courtney White, Director of Education at the Rainforest Alliance. “This app helps get kids outside while educating them about biodiversity and simple steps they can take to reduce their environmental footprint and create a healthier future for the planet.”

The Habitat team worked with the Integrated Sustainability Analysis team at Sydney University to develop algorithms that measure players’ ecological footprint based on indicators like water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to promoting outdoor activities, the point system in the game incentivizes players towards a 25% reduction in their carbon, water and land use and shows their impact through an ecological footprint calculator.

Additional game features include:

–       Individual animal care, similar to Tamagotchi games
–       Temple Run-style feeding games
–       Challenge a friend invitations to see each others’ progress
–       Leader board to track progress against other players
–       Location services to note when a Habitat pin location is nearby
–       Pin trading to swap pins with other players around the world

“Our aim was to create a game that was entertaining, but also had crossover into the real world,” said Kylee Ingram, the game’s developer. “Kids who play Habitat will be encouraged to change their real life behaviors.”

Habitat the Game is available to download for free on all iOS, Android and tablet devices. Visit www.habitatthegame.com to learn more, or find the app on iTunes and Google Play.

About Habitat the Game:
In the vein of the Tamagotchi persistence play craze of the 90s, users undertake actions to keep an endangered animal alive. In Habitat, game players adopt a polar bear. To keep the bear alive and healthy, players need to successfully complete events in the game, undertake real world actions and find locations. By completing these tasks players progress through levels, increasing the health of their bear. Ultimately the goal is to save the world by improving the bear’s health. Follow @habitatthegame http://www.facebook.com/habitatthegame

About Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS):

MISSION: WCS saves wildlife and wild places worldwide through science, conservation action, education, and inspiring people to value nature. VISION: WCS envisions a world where wildlife thrives in healthy lands and seas, valued by societies that embrace and benefit from the diversity and integrity of life on earth. To achieve our mission, WCS, based at the Bronx Zoo, harnesses the power of its Global Conservation Program in more than 60 nations and in all the world’s oceans and its five wildlife parks in New York City, visited by 4 million people annually. WCS combines its expertise in the field, zoos, and aquarium to achieve its conservation mission. Visit: www.wcs.org 

About Rainforest Alliance:The Rainforest Alliance is a global nonprofit organization that works with people whose livelihoods depend on the land, helping them transform the way they grow food, harvest wood and host travelers. From large multinational corporations to small, community-based cooperatives, businesses and consumers worldwide are involved in the Rainforest Alliance’s efforts to bring responsibly produced goods and services to a global marketplace where the demand for sustainability is growing steadily. For more information, visit www.rainforest-alliance.org. Follow @RnfrstAlliance