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The Great Debate III - Gaming improves community wellbeing and economic development... or are they space invaders? and Geospatial Gaming City & Streets Masterclass

Event Type LGA Events
Event Focus Communication, Consultation
Event Reach All
Event Scope Local Government
Price Debate and Master Class $120+GST; Debate only $50+GST; Masterclass only $100+GST
Dates 04/10/2017 to 04/10/2017
Start Time 2.00pm
End Time 5.00pm
Location The Dome, Open State Venue, Victoria Square, Adelaide
Contact Local Government Association
Rebecca Wake , Events Officer
08 8224 2047

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This event will let you explore and debate the growing and – at times – unpredictable world of geospatial gaming in a light-hearted format from the perspective of the challenges and opportunities it can bring. Pick over the issues and ethics with others who use, plan, develop and manage urban environments. Laughs guaranteed!

We are pleased to confirm the following debaters, Michael McKeown, Director of Jensen Plus; Stephen Yarwood, former Adelaide Lord Mayor and Urban Futurist @city2050, Paul Kitching, from Fuller; Zac Fitz-Walter, Gamification Geek and Co Founder of Eat More Pixels, Rebekha Sharkie MP, Federal Member for Mayo and Marg Edgecombe, City of Marion.

The debate will be followed by the Geospatial Gaming City & Streets Masterclass, which will inspire councils and other stakeholders to plan pro-actively harness community wellbeing and economic development opportunities from geospatial gaming and, in turn minimise risks for local businesses and communities.

By participating in the masterclass, you will learn to identify key opportunities to mobilise council infrastructure and community action whenever, and wherever, a geospatial game and its enthusiastic followers inundate the streets of your city!

Zac Fitz-Walter ( and Stephen Yarwood will take us through a thought-provoking session with ideas about the roles of planning, economic development, health and community development. Those who use, plan, develop and manage urban environments will pick over the issues and ethics providing a few laughs on the way in this light-hearted format.

Register two staff and get a third registration free!

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Zac Fitz-Walter

Urban Planner

Stephen Yarwood is a well-known and respected contemporary Urban Planner who consults internationally on urban futures, innovation and change in cities. From 2010 to 2014 he was the Lord Mayor of Adelaide. His emphasis on collaboration with the private sector and State Government delivered many outcomes and saw Adelaide recognised internationally as an innovative destination by Lonely Planet, National Geographic and The New York Times. His expertise is in strategic planning, governance, smart cities, urban change and the transformation of city centres.

Stephen has broad and practical knowledge in the fields of the share economy and the driving forces, trends, issues and opportunities associated with technology and its relationship to infrastructure planning, good urbanism and smart citizens. In the last two years Stephen has worked, researched and attended events throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Taiwan, Europe, Saudi Arabia, the USA and India.


Co-founder - Eat More Pixels

Dr. Zac Fitz-Walter is a design expert and gamification researcher who believes that we can learn a lot from video games. He takes the most popular games and unpacks them, looking at how they effectively align with motivational science and research. He uses gamification design techniques and principles to help make tasks more engaging and motivating. He’s applied gamification to many different areas including training, education, health, wellbeing, business and HR.

Zac earned a PhD in designing effective gamification for mobile applications in 2015. He has taught a range of university subjects over the last decade, including gamification, game studies, app development and emerging technologies. Zac is now an established presenter, speaking at conferences and companies around the world. He consults and develops game-like systems for industry, government and research as part of the company he co-founded, Eat More Pixels. 



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