**Note (Location Change): There will be an introduction at Mathematics and Computer Building (MC) 3001 instead of Mongolian Grill located at the University of Waterloo on Friday at 6:30pm.
Do you love programing? Are you interested in helping to solve hard challenges?
Please join us for the first institute Design Jam on social innovation.
The design jam will take place on Nov 22-24, 2013 in the Quantum Nano Centre at the University of Waterloo. Developers and others are encouraged to come out to this 3 day event to showcase their skills and work with a team on an exciting problem. Friday evening will be a meet and greet with other developers as a opening reception. Saturday and Sunday will be spent hacking with presentations at the end of day Sunday. The event is open to all. Lunch will be provided along with snacks throughout the weekend.
The social innovation simulation project is a new project at The Games Institute. We have an ambitious agenda: to give decision-makers the tools to explore the impacts of their actions before they are enacted.
There has been a recent explosion in interest in what are called “labs.” Labs take different forms, but share a common commitment to support social change. The Games Institute is working with SiG@Waterloo on software for a particular kind of lab that we’re calling a “Social Innovation Lab.” (Read more about Social Innovation Labs here: http://sig.uwaterloo.ca/feature/social-innovation-labs).
A key element of this unique form of lab will be the use of visualisation and simulation software. Advances in technology have made it possible to imagine developing software that allow decision-makers to interact with game-like models of the systems they are working within.
At the Design Jam we will be imagining and prototyping the tool set for using models in labs. The first simulation will give policy makers the chance to reimagine how to govern agricultural systems.
Building the prototype involves building three related subcomponents:
1. The model itself (a spatially explicit model of agricultural systems similar to the established AgriPoLiS and RegMAS models but simpler.)
2. A repository and library that stores the models and data and supports analysis.
3. A game like interface that lets users interact, explore different interventions (like new technologies, taxes, subsidies, and laws), and ask questions.
If you care about open models and data, love sim games, and frequently find yourself wondering how your work can make the world a better place, come and join us.
Please bring your laptop and charger!
We hope to see everyone there for a fun filled day of hacking!
Register and view the schedule at: http://sidesignjam.eventbrite.ca/
We are thankful for the dedication of volunteers and partners who make this event possible and we look forward to helping you get involved!
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