Serious Games Project: Lost & Found
This girl is missing right now! National Centre for Missing & Exploited Children
Users can sign up for alerts when someone goes missing in their area, and if they see someone who resembles a missing child, they take a photo, which will alert authorities to the possibility that an abducted child is nearby.
The tracking system includes Skype links, mobile sensors and links to public webcams + podcasts and broadcasts where participants can see their own input to achieving success in FINDING lost community members, and to change the nature of play, and the sense of responsibility it entails.
The game also mobilizes groups to block roads, search fields, find those who are lost and report those who are hiding them.
What if you could send and receive GPS-locator information about that child’s whereabouts, and mobilize support?
Approximately 800,000 children go missing in the US each year, as well as 77,000 in the UK. Current efforts to trace those missing children (as well as adults) are a good start, but also ultimately forgettable.
"When you're drinking your milk in the morning, there's always a picture of someone who is missing. But who can remember what the person on your milk carton looks like at the end of a busy day?"
Partners for the Lost & Found Game currently include the BBC R&D, Microsoft Research, Microsoft Community Affairs, Nokia Foresighting, The UK Serious Crimes Unit, and The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (US).