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Detroit 24/7 game helps redesign city

Detroiters now have a new way to shape the future of their city. By means of a new mission-based online competition called Detroit 24/7, Detroiters can share their ideas while competing to earn points, badges, and prizes. People of all ages are called on to participate in challenges such as Detroit Trivia, Community Mapping, and Role Playing Exercises.
 
"Detroit 24/7 is another tool we are using to engage city stakeholders to help in shaping Detroit’s future," said Dan Pitera, civic engagement co-lead for Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning (DWP LTP). "It’s a fun, interactive way for Detroiters to share their knowledge and think about the types of factors they consider most important to improving the quality of life in the city."
 
Starting May 7 at 12:01 a.m. Detroiters can begin playing Detroit 24/7 through three time-based missions at no cost. Any smart phone, computer, or tablet with Internet connection allows people to access the game. Mission #1 is Share your Detroit, Mission #2 is Living In Detroit and Mission # 3 is Getting around Detroit.
 
The top point earner, the top youth point earner, and one other member of the 50 players will win an HD Flip Video Camera. Players earning the most achievement badges will be entered into a drawing to receive gift cards to local Detroit businesses.
 
The ideas and input gathered through Detroit 24/7 will be utilized by DWP LTP to help inform and shape the Strategic Framework Plan that’s scheduled to be completed before fall of 2012.
 
This evening, the community is invited to attend the Detroit 24/7 launch party at Wayne County Community College District (WCCCD) Downtown Campus, 1001 W. Fort Street, from 5:30 to 8 pm. Attendees will learn more about the game and register to play. Refreshments will be served and there is no cost to attend. To RSVP email here or call 313-259-4407.
 
Detroit 24/7 was developed in partnership with Community PlanIt and support from the Knight Foundation, making Detroit one of only half a dozen cities that will be using this type of platform to help plan the city’s future. Other partners include WCCCD and Excellent Schools Detroit.

Writer: Leah Johnson 
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