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Niantic partners with city councils to make Pokémon GO a tool for community engagement «Mobile AR News :: Next Reality



A recent American University study shows how Pokémon GO and other augmented reality games can help city governments bring communities closer together.

An ongoing partnership between Pokémon GO developer Niantic and John S.'s community investment program The James L. Knight Foundation has organized eight city government events to gain insight into how technology can contribute to community engagement.

Niantic and the Knight Foundation co-funded the study and programs. Four of the cities studied – Akron, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (where two separate events were held); and San Jose, California ̵

1; receive regular support from the foundation. The study also promoted initiatives in Boston, Massachusetts and Chester, UK, while collecting data from independent programs in New Bedford, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia