14 October

Workshops on the Wharf

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Workshops on the Wharf

Over the school holidays we jumped on the opportunity to get out into the sun and run some games down at the Wynyard Waterfront as part of the ‘Workshops on the Wharf’ series of activations hosted by Panuku Development Auckland. Busy but fun days facilitating creative chalk stenciling, giant cake games and racing around our […]

10 September

2015 Festival for the Future

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2015 Festival for the Future

Festival for the Future is an exciting 3 day event aimed at inspiring and empowering young New Zealanders to take action and control of a better future.  We were fortunate to play multiple roles in the event – contributing towards “interactive styling” elements, developing a festival-wide metagame and running a creative problem-solving workshop for festival […]

8 August

Wynyard Quarter’s 4th Birthday

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Wynyard Quarter’s 4th Birthday

We were commissioned by Waterfront Auckland (now Panuku Development Auckland) to develop and run a series of playful engagements to help celebrate the 4th birthday of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter.  In collaboration with the ScribbleAKL and Wild Streets communities we coordinated a series of activities to add to the vibrancy of the event. Alongside ScribbleAKL we […]

8 July

Hacktivate 2015 – Battleships

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The Open Fort were proud to sponsor locally founded initiative Hacktivate which pits coders against coders in an exciting competitive format that is just as exciting for spectators.  A Premiere Digital Sport since 2012, Hacktivate events gather exceptional programming talent, showcasing it to a live audience in a highly visual, fast paced format. The theme […]

21 April

Open Streets Festival

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Open Streets Festival

We were engaged by Fresh Concept and Auckland Transport to develop and deliver engagement activities for the 2015 Open Streets Festival in Quay Street, Auckland.  We created three activities: A ‘Destructable Box City’ for kids to build, knockdown and rebuild throughout the day A transport game for families based on a large-scale chalk map of […]

20 March

Laneway 2015

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Laneway 2015

Following up on our 2014 Laneway ‘Creativity Stall’ we were engaged by St Jerome’s Laneway Festival to take over Wynyard Silo 6 and turn it into a creative playground. The activities included a giant balloon pit, a table tennis room, a video games arcade room, a chillout space with a video installation, a wheel of […]

16 March

Summer of Colour

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Summer of Colour

We worked with Fresh Concept to develop a set of site-specific mini-games to be installed as part of the 2015 Summer of Colour activation at Auckland’s Viaduct Point.  Run over six weeks, the activation space hosted public events every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.  The games we developed helped create engagement with the space, as well […]

10 February

Wild Streets Festival

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Wild Streets Festival

We recently helped develop and facilitate a street games festival through our work with the Wild Streets collective of ‘real-world’ game designers.  Working alongside a group of designers, Toby developed and ran four games throughout the one-day festival held in Daldy Street down in the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland.  Though aimed primarily at getting grown-ups […]

19 November

Mental Toughness Workshop

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Mental Toughness Workshop

For our first workshop run in the South Island we facilitated an ‘Introduction to Mental Toughness’ workshop for the 2015 World Skills NZ team. As an introduction to The Open Fort team and our approach, we ran a series of activities culminating in a large-scale game designed to induce a chaotic, stressful and frenzied environment.  […]

20 October

The Bee Garden

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The Bee Garden

Toby, our Director of Play, has recently finished a run of his latest large-scale game ‘The Bee Garden’.  Developed as part of the inaugural Whau Arts Festival in Avondale, Auckland, we have also been running the game with senior school students from Avondale Primary School. Designed for teams of players aged 9-90 and lasting 45 […]