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COVID WAR: Let's defeat the virus by playing a game

We are designing an interactive mobile game that will educate people and increase awareness of COVID-19 and get rewarded.

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In a locked-down world, the feeling of helplessness can be overwhelming but we can all use our computers to defeat the virus from the comfort of our homes. So, we are designing a mobile application named ‘COVID WAR’ in our local language (Bangla) with an aim to improve people’s knowledge of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The mobile game will allow the user to take a journey where he/she will play the role of ‘virus detective’ and fight against the virus. Each stage will be based on different cases or situations where the user has to find a clue that will equip him/her to stop the pandemic. Throughout the game, we will educate the user by providing them health massages while they are playing the game. Also, this will not only educate people on how to change their behavior but also help them to explore the contents with adventure. To increase the interest and engagement levels, case stories will be given on the situation where people are getting affected by the virus epidemic and they have to solve those cases to stop them. This will ideate a user on the dos and don'ts protocol during the pandemic.

On completion of each level, users can share the score or achievements with their friends and also challenge them. In addition, they can also share their achievement on social media or can use effect (avatar) on their profile pictures. When a user answers the question correctly, they will earn points and badges. We will give prizes to the top player each week.

What is the need are you focusing on?

Despite the continuous effort by traditional health care campaigns, citizens lack critical knowledge of understanding the highly contagious COVID-19. This is evident in Bangladesh observing their behavior. Orthodox methods, tools, and communications mediums are proven inadequate to trigger behavioral changes among citizens’ Therefore, many people are often going out while not following the healthy guidelines. The evident increase in the knowledge gap suggests that information needs to be shared in such a way that it will motivate people to drive their attitude and action immediately. Due to the knowledge gap, misinformation abounds in the time of the crisis. Also a huge amount of misleading information circulating online about the coronavirus. As gamified learning is a proven tool to make learning interesting, and motivate towards behavioral transformation, so this can be a great solution to mitigate the addressed gaps.

Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Sharing a pivot idea your organization is considering or could consider

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Dnet has a technology team that provides solutions for small, medium to large-scale technology projects with a mission to provide effective and reliable technology solutions for social needs. However, over the period, the technology team has been equipped with high developed skill set not only in information technology but also in the area of content development e.g. documentary, animated video, creative design, digital platform, mobile application, etc. In this pandemic situation, we, therefore, planning to pivot the technology team, and focusing more on developing behavioral change communication contents for the public good; in order to improve their health awareness.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The mobile game application will first improve knowledge and awareness on COVID-19 among the citizens, mainly the youth. It will also minimize misconceptions, fake news, and propaganda on COVID-19 to reduce the health and economic risk. People will be aware of COVID-19 and save themselves from being infected. Almost everyone is staying at home right now so that they have much time for internet surfing and consequently the number of users will be increased. This gaming solution will cover all these citizens using the internet as the beneficiary, and give them a challenge by putting them in a virtual war against COVID-19. The solution will foster people (mainly youth) awareness and will also motivate them to do real-life practice through a route of adventure, quest, and puzzles.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Dnet

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Dnet is a social enterprise, founded in 2001, that designs innovative product and service solutions for women, children, youth, and senior citizens in rural and urban settings to create social impact, and for institutions to enhance capacity and productivity. Dnet, from the beginning of the journey, has tried to design solutions to solve social issues and meet the needs of the project by involving and utilizing technology.

What is your profession?

Researcher and Solution Designer

Where are you located (country)?

Bangladesh

Where are you located (region)?

  • Southern Asia

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Healthcare/Medical
  • Non-Profit/Philanthropy
  • Social Work
  • Technology

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 50-249

How old is your business/company?

  • 10 or more years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We need to build a partnership with other organizations that have already done similar projects, so we can learn from their idea and build a solution that will work and create a lasting impact.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

I think content, which needs proper research; team collaboration, since in COVID-19 situation team members are working home and collaborating virtually; finally, funding would be an issue to implement this solution.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

I think it takes the innovative mindset to work on a pivot who has a similar vision and ready to work hard to achieve a collective goal.

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

Yes, we are participating in other competitions as well.

Website URL

https://www.dnet.org.bd/

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