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INGRESS ELITE V

Niantic Labs is searching for the top five Ingress Agents from around the world. The winners, the Ingress Elite V, will be selected based on their Ingress accomplishments, including their impact on the Ingress community.

Niantic Labs will arrange for the winners to be transported to California, USA for a VIP tour of the world of Ingress.

We will soon publish a submission form for Agents to apply. We will be asking Agents to share video SITREPs, XM-influenced artwork, or stories from the field that highlight why you are the top Ingress Elite V candidate. Screenshots of your AGENT tab ALL TIME and MONTH statistics must be included in your application materials, posted publicly using the #13MAGNUS hashtag. 

We will update this post when the Ingress Elite V submission form is live. The Ingress Elite V application deadline is SAT DEC 14 2013 11:59:59 PST. Note that AGENT tab MONTH statistics is a rolling 30 days. Make it count.

REMAINING OPERATION #13MAGNUS SITES

NOV 16 PRIMARY SITES: 
Dallas: http://goo.gl/xIOPHV 
Vienna: http://goo.gl/mZF46x 

REMOTE SITES: 
Austin: http://goo.gl/a33LRA 
Bratislava: http://goo.gl/VaLXum 
Graz: http://goo.gl/LISRXM 
Houston: http://goo.gl/JUhO0S 
San Antonio: http://goo.gl/bsJEXr 
Zurich: http://goo.gl/d9uv9v 

DEC 7 PRIMARY SITES: 
Phoenix: http://goo.gl/uMLR7j 
Rome: http://goo.gl/8H9OET 

REMOTE SITES: 
Athens: http://goo.gl/PBCyd8 
Istanbul: http://goo.gl/9oD3cm 
Nashville: http://goo.gl/rvsDXh 
Tucson: http://goo.gl/RD8c3u 

DEC 14 PRIMARY SITES: 
Buenos Aires: http://goo.gl/BDcLTZ 
San Francisco: http://goo.gl/plCBZL

REMOTE SITES: 
Rio de Janeiro: http://goo.gl/EeuyO4 
San Diego: http://goo.gl/uqmCci 
Santiago: http://goo.gl/BE71fV 
Sao Paulo: http://goo.gl/AnJNro 
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So, only field activity counts? What about maintainers/coordinators of local communities?
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+Даниил Коровников We are glad you asked. While AGENT tab stats are required, we are also looking at the other half of your application where maintainers/coordinators can explain why they should be selected for the program. So no, it is not only Field activity that matters.
 
What about the cheaters who were not caught but have high stats now?!
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Shouldn't those agent be suggested by their communities? None of the decent agents I know would apply themselves. What a shitty approach....
 
Definitely should be nominated by other players, that's in the spirit of ingress 
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+Lee Jenkins You can work with those deserving Agents on their submissions and encourage them to apply. But we want to confirm these Agents themselves wish to be recognized publicly in front of the global community, and we can best do this if these Agents apply themselves.
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But isn't this supposed to be a team game? None of the big fields are possible without several agents... All I can see happening is tonnes of AP whoring, dual accounts to boost a single agent, and massive ego clashes as to who made big fields happen. Fun times.
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+Ka Wu Thankfully AP is not the only criterion. We are looking for those Agents who have made positive contributions to the global community. This could be the Agent who worked to scout new Portals in every town she visited. Or it could be the Intel Operator who assisted his Faction capture Anomaly after Anomaly. AP alone is just one statistic.
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+Ingress oh good then, that most intel operators have at least one banned account due to "unusual activity on the intel map".


Good luck encouraging... the people I know will not apply, it has a lot to do with being humble and decent. Only those looking for fame will go for this.
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No arguments here for the iitc guys! Greatest positive contribution to the global community for sure!
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+Valerie Wallace Travel arrangements are for the selected Agent only, but we will confirm on lodging details and get back to you.
 
+Ingress Some cities are most likely to have best stats because of the portal density (Paris, Rome, etc...). Is the criteria based on monthly stats only?
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+Fernando Moreira Not only on MONTH or ALL TIME stats, but also on Agents' descriptions of why they are the best Elite V candidate. We would encourage Agents to be creative, but with all the concentrated XM exposure we don't believe the reminder is very necessary.
 
Excellent initiative +Ingress! Keep it up. I know of several Agents that make this game amazing for everyone involved - friend as well as foe - and I am looking forward to reading about the five selected Agents.. 
 
+Ingress. Niantic Lab keeps violating it's closed beta tester, by banning there account with reason of "unusual activity" while giving no evidence. Also not paying much attention on cheating, portals managing, agents fake location or trespassing places,NIA doesn't give a shit care. NIA only cares about the "usage of third party applications". Well, there's no choices, while we all know the Official Ingress Intel map is a piece of shit, that can't even read on PCs, no matter on Windows or Macs, then the well know IITC had came up, it's excellent, brilliant work. What's going then? Google jealous, there's shouldn't any products better than Google's, since it's violating the TOS. TakeOurShit !!

+Ingress Fuck off.
 
+Ingress I would just like to express my deepest gratitude for the fantastic game you have made - and for all the great developments you keep adding. This process clearly shows users that Niantic is continually improving - and taking seriously the fact that you have amassed a fair number of SERIOUS gamers (sometimes those players may be hard to distinguish from trolls).. 
 
+Ingress  question. Is this for achievements and importance in field actions or also in things done in the name of the research and advancement for the story as well? I know alot of players that are good in field actions but they deserve to be elite V for their actions in the research and dedication for the story side
 
+Hugo Neves I don't know the answer to your question but I agree that research and dedication to the story line is an absolutely critical part of the story.  
 
+Martin Riber. Thanks mate! Unfortunately, I'm not sure I'd be able to make the nomination. My field stats tend to be pretty low. I ran out of bursters a while back, and don't have the time to rack up enough to make My city a different color. I'm trapped on level four! :)
 
+Ingress I wish you had went with a nomination process. Those who contribute most to the team game are often not the type to blow their own horns.  I suspect there are cultural differences as well. Praising yourself may be more socially acceptable in the US than in many other parts of the world.
 
+Daniel Clague You should definetly submit! In my opinion you bring a style of play which, while not beeing heavy on the AP, enriches the experience for everyone. 

Go for it - don't be shy! To show that we are in it for the story, if nothing else.
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If I had known there was going to be something like this I would've tried harder ;)
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I can't agree more with +Per Abrahamsen about having more of a nomination process. The majority of the truly great players are not ones to brag about themselves or their accomplishments. They simply do amazing work and inspire their teammates (and perhaps even their opposition) to do the same. The egotistical attention mongers actually degrade a lot of the enjoyment of the game especially the social aspects of it, and discourage the truly great players to let their own achievements be known.
 
Please allow nomination of other players, or at least endorsement / voting on existing applications.
 
... can haz picture without text? it's pretty and I want it as a wallpaper ^_^
 
The problem with a Call for Nominations type process, although ideal, is that with a user base in excess of 500,000, there will be thousands and thousands of nominations. There has to be some kind of filter for Niantic to make the contest realistic. Not every nominated name could be put on a ballot. The ballot would be inefficient. Even with an imposed filter of 100 supporting nominations. This is the reason, here in the US, to get on an election ballot you need to meet a metric of support (x amount of signatures).

The Ingress community also has a large amount of tech savy people who are agents. I am sure someone will find a way to rig the process of an online voting type contest. At the end of the day, Niantic's solution is really the only one that makes sense in terms of not over burdening their already tasked to the max staff and eliminating the risk of corruption via online voting. Will it be subjective beyond belief? Yes. Will be people complain privately (and perhaps publicly) about those who win? Yes. But at the end of the day - this is not an election. This is a reward. Rewards can be given subjectively and at-will.

My concern would echo +Daphne D.'s. The attention mongers whose names may be the most recognizable are often not the ones behind the scene inspiring teammates, inspiring the other factions, and creating amazing results. Yet I would if I were a Vegas odds maker, they would be the favorites to win. This is why privately, in our communities, we try to acknowledge and thank them as much as we can. It isn't a trip to California. But hey... if you play the game with those expectations, perhaps you are playing the wrong game.
 
 
...howto reach such straight numbers...?
 
I would love to do this, I don't think I am worthy though, whoever goes I want detailed videos!!!
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Lol +David Mattes you and I know that if not for you I'd be lost in the story line :) keep up the amazing work . if I had a a vote o the matter I'd give +Nikolas Moore the chance to go and fix the +NIA Ops +Ingress+Niantic Project office I'd trust him to tear it down & build it up at least 3 times just for fun . 
 
Now why wouldn't you make it the Elite 8?  Surely you have enough cash in the bank for 3 more people.. if not, just sell some more passcodes to Vodafone.
 
They're going to get there and find an arena where they have to fight to the death...
 
Making a nomination process which then requires any candidates to then approve their nomination before submitting an application seems a pretty sensible thing to do, and would actually reduce Niantic's workload if programmed right. Make a simple form for all players to nominate say their top 5 picks if they wish, and only allow the top 100 nominees or top 500 or 1000 even, to apply. If they don't want to apply, then they don't. It would remain up to them to even let anyone know they had been approved as able to apply. Yes, this may be able to be gamed but Google are the king of algorithms and I am sure they could work out spam nominations from genuine ones to some degree.
 
+Ingress when the application form goes live, will it be possible to nominate someone else not just agent himself?  We have such an agent in our community, but I suspect he's too lazy to participate, though he deserves to be called elite.
 
Thanks guys..but I'm just a player. I'd be honored but not sure I qualify.
 
+Sivan Rehan thanks. It would be awesome, but I believe some Resistance agents deserve it better, like your brother ;)
 
+Mustafa Said if I had bags of money I'd buy you a phone so you could join the 'game' Your dedication despite being unable to physically affect portals is second to none. +Lukas Lentz should be there too.
 
+Valerie Wallace Don't worry. It's all good. Like they said, i'm a first-class Investigator. I can handle what the NIA, the corps and everyone else throws my way. I've got the skills. I can do this.

Please, go for it. If i can i'll help. That goes for +Kira Kroger, +Fevenis Silverwind, +Melissa L. and everyone else i never mentioned. Oh, +Daniel Clague-get in this too buddy! 
 
+Valerie Wallace As awesome as this would be, I am only on one side of the fence. The Elite 5 should be someone who has an impact on both history as well as being a leader in ingress.

Im just a goofy reporter that likes to make people laugh with memes and videos.

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I am surprised it's not Ingress Elite 8 - I'd love to watch the Elite 8 make an L8 portal together.  

I think it would be great to have an award that is hung on a wall at Google...each month a picture of portal with 8 Elite players who P8 it framed and hung on the wall, because i think you could come up with an Elite 8 every month...heck every week...just look at the feed and ingress reports!

I think there are TONS of great inspiring ingress players out there - don't envy the people who have to choose the winners.  
 
I third the people +Lukas Lentz and +Mustafa Said listed and include them, and add all those great field builders ...of beautiful field art and 100 million+ fields and all those people with tens of millions AP, and all those people who have trained dozens and dozens of new agents by dropping gear, softening portals and players planning events and  solving problems in their community....geesh my head is spinning!
 
+Linda Besh Are you nominating us? Cause i've already announced i'm not in this race. It's not my fight. :)

After the things you've gone through you deserve it.
 
Unfortunately, this doesn't appear to be a popularity contest, and based on the criteria, +Ingress is primarily considering Agent Activity via hacking stats as one of the most important contributions towards the Elite V status.

Agents have to promote themselves if they want to win, and that decision-making process is going to be based on what they submit, not what other Agents think of someone.

Having been exposed to several regional communities, a range of local groups, and a few planned events, one thing is clear--every region has it's own leaders, achievers, work-horses, and squads.  Picking only 5 out of the hundreds of thousands world-wide is going to be a challenge to say the least.

That being said, the whole statistics thing is going to naturally favor players in high-concentration portal zones, who have unlimited opportunities to build/destroy/hack/link, as opposed to those of us trapped in the back-woods.  This contest is going to be a race for AP and bragging points, not about the leaders who have really contributed to the growth, popularity, and sustainability of this 'game' moving forward.
 
Ill be checking my mailbox everyday!  :sarcasm font:
 
+rik finn yes but history contribution is a big part too i dont care how much ap someone has. If one cant answer what happened on epiphany night then in my book they are not elite. 
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I hope this isn't going to turn into a popularity contest like some reality show. Also, I feel this honor should be given to those nominated by their communities and not the nominees them selves. As others have suggested the truly deserving would not apply.
 
+Linda Besh I loved your comment about them having a top 8 instead so they could make a portal. It would have to be all resistance players though wouldn't it ;-)
 
+Gilles WEBER, best french player too :D
 
+Vicki Ellen Good point!  Hahaha!  It would have to be a honorary cross faction portal, wouldn't it? Or make it 16 winners and two L8 portals!  
 
+Gilles WEBER is the uncontested leader of resistance in France !
 
Five just seems too few. At least five of the best have already posted here. I like the idea of an Elite 16, or perhaps regional Elites.
 
Well... This will be a sure fire way to identify the biggest tools out there. Probably about all it's good for.
 
Hello has someone thought of +Gilles WEBER from French Resistance ? With all due respect to big score players, Gilles is the best player I've ever been given to meet. He is second to none in understanding the social mechanics behind the plain rules and uses it for the better, i.e. to maximize the fun of every single player around. We owe him to have a united faction here which is both very cohesive and loosely coupled (no pressure everyone is at ease, free to play as he pleases). Kudos !
 
+Ingress then how are we to share the information with you? And when to apply?
 
I have no chance. My accomplishments suck because I'm not trying to gain AP . I'm just trying to keep my town Smurf Blue! VIVA RESISTANCE! 
 
Is there any chance to include Brussel?
 
So we have been discussing this in our Seattle group and so far the consensus is that the whole concept is ridiculous! The Resistance doesn't care about individual measures, we are a community. The reason we win is through teamwork. We are greater because we work as a community. No single agent is more Elite. We are part of the Resistance, unlike some other former Resistance agents, I know what that means. We don’t look for false accolades, we play to win! So keep your “Enlightened Elite” we want no part in it!
 
Non mais les gars vous avez compris qu'on n'est pas sur Skyblog, que ça ne marche pas aux commentaires mais avec un formulaire dont le lien a été posté juste au dessus?
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+Ingress, I don't get why you guys haven't hired the IITC developer yet. It's obvious that they're much better at making a web-based map UI than whoever you've got currently.
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Lol non trop pas, vous êtes juste ridicules
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En plus d'être ridicules vous êtes mignons. C'est choux.
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I'm not sure whether dropping XMP8 to every French Resistant is the main quality required to be chosen... just saying ;)
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Bring on the form, I have the perfect candidate for it :D
 
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I nominate +Jaime Quinonez one of the best of NYC which is the best ingress community in the world! 
 
I agree with tom.

Nyc is the best no other city compares. Show me any other city with a cross faction porn hangout.

NYC wins
 
I nominate +Carlos Calderon the best organizer in the Ingress world, bar none. Also +Daphne D. for being NYC Resistance's most capable opponent. 
 
I am MasterDecker. Submitting myself for Ingress top5. I rote a short story for the story line
 
I am MasterDecker. From the small province of Anchorage Alaska.

I am putting myself in for the Top 5 of Ingress
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