How can we transform refugee camps into inclusive cities? And how do you activate the vast human potential of refugees? Join us and play the 'city in migration game' in Pakhuis de Zwijger and experience an interactive tool that reveals the complexity of the migration challenge for a fictional midsize European city. The game will be played after an inspiring presentation by international networker, humanitarian, and refugee expert, Kilian Kleinschmidt. Who believes that high-tech maker-spaces have the potential to activate the vast human potential of refugees, transforming camps into inclusive cities. Listen to him answering the question of whether these innovative technological solutions are as relevant to refugees arriving in Western contexts as they are to refugees living in ‘temporary’ refugee camps?
The ‘City in Migration’ Game
Developed by Play the City for the Prague RESITE festival in 2016, this game reveals the complexity of the migration challenge for a fictional midsize European city. Players can choose one of 10 roles, each with distinct powers, such as the mayor, activist, journalist, designer, refugee and so on.
Kilian Kleinschmidt has over 25 years of experience in international development, emergency response, resource mobilisation, and political/regional cooperation with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). He is the founder and chairman of the Innovation and Planning Agency (IPA) Switxboard, which aims to connec marginalised parts of the globe with the technological resources and know-how needed to catalyse change. IPA’s mission is to “democratise access to global knowhow by combining the best of global and local resources and networks into a unified co-creation ecosystem of innovation with disadvantaged communities”. They match technological, social, financial and spatial innovations with the needs, talents and skills of dispossessed populations in several service lines.
About Ekim Tan
Moderator Ekim Tan is the founder of Play the City – a serious game design consultancy operating in both Amsterdam and Istanbul, that helps governments and market parties effectively collaborate with stakeholders. Her doctorate at Delft University of Technology has since been published as a book titled “Negotiation and Design for the Self-organizing City: Gaming as a Method for Urban Design”. Play the City’s method has been applied to projects across the globe, in Istanbul, Amsterdam, Brussels, Tirana, Cape Town, and others.