Get the kids and run
In 2016, Boho began a collaboration with the Earth Observatory Singapore, a research institution based at Nanyang Technological University.
EOS looks at natural disasters in the south-east Asian region: earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, volcanoes, floods, and various consequences of climate change.
EOS invited Boho to Singaore to build a series of new games about natural disaster crisis – volcanic unrest or an approaching typhoon.
Get The Kids And Run simulates the period from the first warnings of the disaster, to the event itself. Participants take charge of responding to the crisis, playing as local government, the media, emergency services, or members of the community itself.
This work supports the EOS mission to use research on earth systems to foster safer societies. Players will gain an appreciation of how earth science can help better inform decisions about keeping people safer in the face of natural hazards. They will also experience how societal decisions are challenging, involving many tradeoffs under uncertainty.
Following an initial research phase in 2016, Boho and designer Gillian Schwab developed a prototype set of games in early 2018. In 2019, Get The Kids And Run will be presented by partners including the Singapore Science Centre.