Showup in SHOWUPIA
More Features Coming Soon
(Teams, Virtual and Real Shops, what else should we add?)
Showupia is an augmented-reality civic engagement game about building a more Delicious Democracy – a virtual choose-your-own-adventure map of what the real world could be. The game rewards you for getting involved in activism, showing up in the real world, and being there for your community. Showupia is the place for face-to-face connection, creative action, and taking a break from social media. Simply put, it’s “Pokemon Go Change the World”.
The game concept is a “virtual nation” built on Delicious Democracy: a cultural and political system nourished by face-to-face creative action. Power is shared and people (not corporations) own the politicians. Users explore the real world with their phone as a guide and help to co-create this nation. Capturing pocket-sized politicians builds your influence so you can pass more Delicious laws. These animated politicians are put on the map where there are real-world opportunities for activism - community meetings, protests, legislatures, etc. Showupia’s map makes it easy to know where to go to make a difference – taking “civic engagement” beyond just voting every year or two.
Capturing politicians is as simple as voting at them. People’s love of online quizzes quickly translates into polling and opinion data. Grassroots community organizations can use Showupia to conduct focus groups of their members. The other game mechanic is Power, which increases when you make face-to-face “Alliances” - 5-minute face-to-face conversations - with friends and neighbors. More Power means more ownership and control over the direction of the “nation”: the platform itself. By building connections in the real world, you become a leader in Showupia.
The goal of Showupia is to create an ecosystem for getting active in the real world. It is not organized as a for-profit or a non-profit. Rather, our community of activists will incorporate as a co-op. Users own the platform and the data. Allied member organizations can use it to recruit volunteers, drive people to their events, and deepen connections and activation in their communities.
We’re proposing an alternative cultural and political system built on trust, respect, and meaningful participation. It's an open-source, accessible way to get active out in the real world with the intention to get involved and make a difference.
Instead of World Domination, winning Showupia is World Cooperation.