EVOKE is far more ...

EVOKE is far more than a computer game: Players meet in Washington DC to Connect. Learn. Do.

EVOKE, the online social innovation platform developed and funded by The World Bank Institute, infoDev, and the Korean Trust Fund on ICT for Development, concluded its Summit last week at the World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC. Players from EVOKE Season 1 with the best Evokations (proposals for future work) were invited to take part in a wide array of lectures, workshops, and activities from September 28-30th, 2010.

Connect. Learn. Do.

As well as being the mantra of one program participant, these words capture the spirit of the EVOKE Summit held last week in Washington, DC at the World Bank.  Twenty EVOKE players, Bank staff members, speakers, and the game’s creators, finally met in person. They shared their work, ideas, and cultures face-to-face, embodying the nurturing, dynamic atmosphere of the online community.

  • 19,324 people from 150 countries registered to play
  • Players submitted over 23,500 blog posts (about 335 each day); 4,700 photos, and over 1,500 videos during the 10 weeks of game play
  • www.urgentevoke.com received over 177,673 unique visitors
  • The site received 2,345,000 page views with time per visit averaging over 8 minutes (2.5 min is the Internet average)

Participant Lorena Arias said the Summit was an opportunity to take new ideas back to her native Paraguay. She was inspired by the intercultural exchanges and sessions on social entrepreneurship, and said meeting people from such a variety of countries expanded her knowledge base.

Summit participants took part in informative workshops on topics like 2D/3D Design Prototyping and Adventures in Innovation. In keeping with the EVOKE spirit, they completed secret ‘urgent evoke’ missions and a series of team activities that challenged participants to strategize, organize, work together and trust each other.

When the Summit closed on September 30th, participants said they were returning home with a renewed sense of purpose to continue with their real-life projects inspired by EVOKE. Turil Cronburg of the United States felt empowered to keep her focus global:

Combining everyone’s different ventures and passions seems like the real power here. The positive energy of most everyone here gives me inspiration to keep working on helping the world. Put good stuff in so that good stuff can come out!”    

Stay tuned for future EVOKE developments!

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