Call for participation: Games for Cities Conference & Doctoral Consortium

Games for Cities International Conference & Doctoral Consortium
20-21 April, Het Nieuwe Instituut_Rotterdam

How can games improve the process of urban planning? That’s the central question at the upcoming Games for Cities International Conference, taking place in Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, April 20-21 2017.

At the conference, game designers, researchers, architects, planners and policymakers explore how games can be used as a method for generating more engaged citizens and more inclusive cities. Gaming offers a real alternative to standard forms of civic engagement in the 21st century, bringing a range of stakeholders together and enabling collaborative decision-making and conflict resolution to emerge from this.

Keynotes include: Paolo Pedercini of Molleindustria, Eric Gordon from Emerson’s Engagement Lab, Urban Think Tank’s Alfredo Brillembourg, Felix Madrazo from Inter.National.Design, and Play the City’s Ekim Tan. 10 leading city-games will also be available for play at the conference.

Tickets & Information

The full programme for the conference can be found here;
Tickets are available here;
And you can follow our social media updates via our Facebook event page here.

Call: participate in our doctoral consortium

There will be a doctoral consortium scheduled prior to the conference. PhD students and other early stage researchers working at the crossroads between game design, city-making practices, bottom-up participation, and civic media are invited to present their studies in a 20-minute conference presentation.

Presentations should address the use of games in the process of urban planning or city-making. Topcis could include (but need not be limited to):

  • design aspects of city-games;
  • aesthetics of city-games;
  • the role of city games in democratic processes of city-making
  • city-games as a ‘civic medium’
  • city-games & urban policy
  • city-games & democratic urban governance
  • critical evaluations of city-games

To take part to the Doctoral Consortium candidates should:

  • Be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, or involved as early stage researcher in an academic research programme.
  • Submit before March 31:
  • a short “position paper” (PDF, 6000-characters, references excluded) that explains synthetically how your current research is related to the themes of playfulness and cities,
  • a brief CV (PDF, maximum 2 pages and 2 Mb, select only the most relevant information)

Accepted participants will attend the Doctoral Consortium, giving a 20-minute presentation of their current research and provide friendly feedback to their peers. They will also receive an invitation letter to attend the Games for Cities conference, as well as a special discount on the admission ticket.

Please submit applications to info[at] before March 31.

The Games for Cities conference is organised by Play the City in partnership with the Amsterdam University of Applied Science’s Play and Civic Media Lab, TU Delft’s The Why Factory, The Mobile City, and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam where the conference will be held on April 20th and 21st 2017.