No Budget, Low Tech, High Impact ARGs

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2012 - March 23, 2012

Ryan Segrist

Education Specialist
U.S. Office of Government Ethics

Patrick Shepherd

Learning Technologies Education Specialist
U.S. Office of Government Ethics

How can you create an Alternate Reality Game (ARG) that generates enthusiasm and engagement on a very small budget, using technologies readily available to anyone? In this session, you will see an ARG called Operation Ethics Infiltration used at the 18th National Government Ethics Conference. The main purpose of the game was to encourage engaged conference behavior by rewarding conference attendees for participating in sessions, asking questions, immediately applying knowledge learned, and networking with fellow attendees. You’ll learn about the game's framework, a zero-budget marketing plan, and a simple model that any organization can use to enhance conferences and similar events.

Participants in this case-study session will get a transferrable model for an ARG that you can use in your organizations to create high-impact engagement and enthusiasm using readily available technologies on a tiny budget (Google SMS, conference calls, cell phone video, basic HTML, etc.). You will walk through the game design process, game play considerations, technological options, marketing, how to manage audience limitations, and the lessons learned.

In this session, you will learn:

  • That ARGs are an effective way to create high-impact engagement and enthusiasm
  • That cost need not be prohibitive to running an effective ARG
  • That you already have access to the tools and technologies to create a successful ARG
  • How to market and manage an ARG for a large or small audience
  • What you need to consider when designing an ARG

Audience: This session is for all potential game designers, regardless of skill level or familiarity with the subject matter.


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