IT Sligo first college in Ireland to take on SCVNGR

4 Mar 2011

IT Sligo has become the first college in Ireland to implement SCVNGR – the next big thing in location-based gaming and social media for mobile phones.

SCVNGR is a location-based mobile game that can be downloaded for free on the iPhone and on Android smartphones. It takes the form of an online treasure hunt with challenges that earn points and prizes.

A SCVNGR hunt was set up at IT Sligo with treks all around the campus. Students were awarded points by completing challenges, such as taking photos of the campus wind turbine or answering questions, such as what is the name of the coffee shop in the Innovation Centre?

Engineering lecturer Brian Coll devised the ‘trek’ around the campus.

“SCVNGR is tipped to be the next big thing in location-based gaming for mobile phones and IT Sligo is delighted to be the first college in Ireland to implement it.

“There is great potential for applications like this in a third-level setting, for open days, induction days and for clubs and society events.

“Location-based applications are really taking off and they are an interesting and interactive way for students to familiarise themselves with the campus,” Coll said.

Irish businessman Barry Maloney recently joined the board of SCVNGR following Balderton Capital’s €15m investment in SCVNGR. It already has the backing of Google Ventures and Highland Capital Partners.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years