Talented recruits 8. April 2016 site report
(now with pics)
During the winter I have had an extra job as a substitute on a primary school in a suburb of Copenhagen. At this school there is a portal and of course whenever I can I will hack it.
One day the Headmaster asked me what I was doing on the phone all the time. Well, I showed him Ingress and hangouts and we started to talking about gaming and networking. Not that he would ever start playing Ingress, but he is a very curious person.
Then he told me about this organisation he has started for exceptional talented students from all over Denmark, and maybe Ingress could be introduced to them? Talentcamp.dk
Well of course he didn’t have to say that out loud more than once. The wheel was turning. I started sharing the idea in the local smurf community and a program started to form in my head.
I talked more to the Headmaster and he said: “Start of april we have a camp” The date was then set for 8. April, shortly after Niantic decided that Anomaly in Copenhagen would be 2. April. “Timing is essential” is a very good rule, but it’s usually something for the fairy tales.
Nevertheless, I asked @schatchaos
to help me make some missions and giving me some feedback. Since he had also arranged the Mission Day, he contacted +Anne Beuttenmueller
She loved the idea of introducing Ingress to 60 youngsters between the age of 14-15. I decided rather early that it should be a cross faction event, since the spirit of the game is to have fun. And even though we fight the frogs in Copenhagen, we also love our frogs. Without them - no game.@Morv88
accepted to be the frog to help, and that proved to be a very good choice.
Niantic was so thrilled about this event that they sent us a swag package for the youngsters. We and all the youngsters were very grateful. It really was an amazing package. Passcodes, wristbands, stickers and even a couple of t-shirts and headphones.
In the center of Copenhagen we managed to find a nice place for the event. Plenty of space and lots of portals in the neighbourhood.
But only a week before the event I was asked if I could take the entire camp, which meant 90 youngsters instead of 60. Yes of course - the more the merrier! Of course we were now short of swag and no time to get more. But we had enough for everybody to get something, and every little tiny swag was a bonus to the day.
After some busy days up to Anomaly and a wonderful Anomaly with a wonderful party and the meeting of old and new friends - and then a day of sleep - I started to feel ready for the Talented recruits. Last details fell into place.Program for the day:
* Introduction to the world of Ingress and game mechanics
* More detailed info about the game and missions
* Competition (we had made 9 missions exclusively for this day. Who could complete 6 of them fastest)
* Last info. Information like don’t cheat. A lot of people spends hours and lots of money on this game. It is NOT fun to see big plans being destroyed by a spoofer or double account. Have fun. “Fight against the other faction and have a drink afterwards. The winner pays.”
The day was amazing. Everything got delayed - of course. This just always happens. But without any stress we all had fun and all the youngsters had a wonderful day. Even the few who didn’t like the game. They loved to have the chance to be on the loose in Copenhagen.
First time I let them out on the streets to play, the comm went crazy with first link/field, new agent names and so on. 90 lvl 1 agents streamed out on the streets. And agents @Morv88
were busy shooting it all down and helping them all. They did a tremendous work this day.
had started the morning (night) at 5 a.m. Shooting all center of Copenhagen down. Making links around the area of the event before we started. Amazing work on his initiativ. He shot more than 2800 resonators down that day!
The students were interested both in the game and also amazed of the networking aspect of Ingress. The winners of the competition ran through all 6 missions and it took them 30 minutes afterwards to catch their breaths. Everybody had a wonderful day in Copenhagen with Ingress, and we really hope that this wasn’t the last of its kinds.
Without the help and inspiration of these people it would never have been possible to make this event.
Therefore a special thank to:@Schatchaos
(Søren Schrøder) for making contact with Niantic and making the missions and the feedback.@Baconmonster
(Flemming Skjold Iversen) for feedback and making the Google map with the missions.@Morv88
(Marianne Jensen) (frog) and@Thibadeaux
(Jens Kolbe Olsen) for being there on the day keeping the area clear and helping,interacting, commenting and being a lovely frog/smurf. And not least for clearing the area in the early morning.@Knoldesparker
(Mads Jensen) (frog) for helping me finding the right frog.
And of course for all the cheering and support from everybody else in hangouts, also the cross faction hangout for Copenhagen. It is always wonderful to have cheering :-)
Thanks to Niantic +Anne Beuttenmueller
for support and swag (and Ingress)
Signing off @Klemse
ready for action #ingress #x-faction #resistance #enlightened