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This project, funded by Gebert Rüf Stiftung, is supported by the following project partners: Smartvote; Campus for Democracy; Année Politique Suisse; easyvote; Swiss Game Developer Association
Project no: GRS-016/20
Amount of funding: CHF 150'000
Duration: 06.2020 - 12.2022
Area of activity:
First Ventures, seit 2018
Zürcher Hochschule der Künste
Department Design, Fachrichtung Game Design
Toni-Areal, Pfingstweidstrasse 96
8031 Zürich (Schweiz)
- sophie.walker@zhdk. ch
Over the recent years, mobile games gained immense popularity. Meanwhile, the political climate around the globe is getting more tense. Democratic institutions are questioned, while (political) individuals grow their following. In Switzerland, democratic participation is around a steady 50% during elections, and between 30-70% during votes.
Globalization and digitalization are rendering the political discourse more complex, while diverse and highly customized entertainment offers channel our interests towards leisure activities and media consumption instead of political self-education. Especially young people are asking for more user friendly, digital support, when it comes to finding and structuring neutral, political information.
CH+ is a participatory project, which aims to use game mechanics, in order to make political self-education more inviting and to motivate political participation. Through online surveys and testing sessions, people from all political corners have the opportunity to contribute to the concept, which is being developed in an iterative process from election to election.
What is special about the project?
The project’s iterative nature, which is based on co-design and interdisciplinary exchange, allows for the identification of new solutions at the intersection of politics, game design and user experience. In every development cycle, users have the possibility to influence the product by participating in online surveys or testing sessions.
During local elections in the canton Uri in March 2020, a beta version of the app was openly accessible.
At the same time, four school classes and one class of trainees have participated in an A/B test between the beta-version of the application and a traditional electoral support.
The feedback collected in this pilot are the foundation for the next iteration of the application.
None so far
Fürst, M. (2020, February 12). Spielerisch zu höheren Wahlbeteiligung
, Urner Wochenblatt (Wahlbeilage), p. 10.
Arnold, F. (2020, February 11). Wahl-App Uri: Sophie Walker will das Wählen attraktiver machen
, Luzerner Zeitung (Wahlbeilage)
ml (Luzerner Zeitung). (2020, December 24). Eine Urnerin macht Wählen zu einer spassigen Angelegenheit
, Luzerner Zeitung
paulronga (Le Temps). (2019, June 26). Organiser un hackathon pas trop genre
, Le Temps (Blogs)
Fischenbacher, F., & Ronga, P. (2019, June 24). Hackathon: trois jeux pour inciter au vote
, Le Temps
Persons involved in the project
Last update to this project presentation 20.03.2020