This Week In Gamification: June 17-23

Find out what was hot this week besides the weather.  Catch up on this week’s gamification buzz:

via Nicole Strong @niccistrong,

This week in Gamification news, the Gamification Summit took centre stage.  This conference was held in San Francisco and chaired by Gabe Zichermann.

Facebook also featured prominantly in this week’s posts with Reward Volunteers, a Facebook app that promotes sharing and awareness of volunteerism; 6 ways to gamify your Facebook marketing; and a crowdsourced photo sharing effort to track and ultimately save the Indian Tiger population.

Several new products were reviewed, such as the Chevy Volt’s dashboard gamification for efficient driving, and the new Nike+ technology which presents nearly endless opportunities for gamification of activities while sporting this tech.

A number of apps also flew across the radar, including Murder At The Met, an app that combines gamification and digital story telling to engage museum visitors, Bed Battles, an app that lets users challenge each other to wake up early (or at least on time!), and Re:route, an iPhone app that London walkers and cyclists can use to earn points for store discounts and rewards.

We also featured two platforms that use gamification to promote two very different types of idea-sharing.  Marblar leverages gamification to encourage academics to collaborate so that ideas can be developed for implementation, and PearHaven uses gamification to crowdsource date ideas.

In addition to the much anticipated GAwards, the 2012 MITX Innovation Awards also awarded Practically Green with Best Use Of Game Mechanics [Gamification].

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