Game & App

Will a computer game save Amsterdam?

The Game

Playing in a virtual version of Amsterdam, players will decide how to save the city and make it the best possible place to live. Computer games by themselves probably won’t save the world, but they offer an exciting, engaging way to get lots of people involved in finding solutions. We will be trialling the game from Spring 2017.

It’s up to Amsterdam players to decide how to run their hometown, to avoid disasters and make residents happy. While it looks and feels like a game, there is some serious play at work. The data used to build the game – from the impact of building new roads, through to the average life expectancy of citizens – is real. Players will test out different solutions in their imaginary world, and all of their experiments will help to identify the impacts, preferred choices and potential pitfalls that Amsterdam really is facing. The winning strategies that players find will test out future scenarios for the city.

Our data team will be building the “crowdsourced” solutions from the game into the quantitative models behind the scenes, to run as policies for the real city. Through this experimentation, we think residents can help to find the best solutions for Amsterdam, while having fun at the same time. We are also interested to find out if there’s differences between players in different cities. Some countries, regions or cities might show a preference for some types of solutions, while others converge on something different. We will be watching for these differences as the data is collected.

The App

Our app will help users to make healthier choices through interactive, engaging play. The data produced will give our statistical models information about where in the city residents are most affected by pollution, and the actions that people have to take to avoid it. ClairCity can use this data to demonstrate the impact of pollution on all our lives and help city policymakers plan a better future for Amsterdam.

The app will work across different types of devices, and it will be free to download. The trials begin in late 2016, and we expect the Amsterdam app to launch in 2018.