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 […]

18 September

Mini-golf Workshop

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Mini-golf Workshop

In preparation for an upcoming installation event in Silo Park, Auckland, we ran an exploration workshop creating models for mini-golf courses. The session involved multiple activities and facilitation towards diffuse thinking to generate ideas and followed a progression to help develop the best mindset for this. The first two activities built comfort within the group […]

10 September

Scribble Pirates

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Scribble Pirates

To celebrate the 100th Scribble event, we devised an evening event-game inside the Silo’s at Silo park, Auckland.  Over 70 participants engaged in a series of playful pirate-themed activities culminating in a group storytelling and fashion show event. Teams of participants formed pirate crews and were given specific tasks and activities to perform in each […]

21 August

Creative thinking in Melbourne

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Creative thinking in Melbourne

During our Director of Creativity, Bhav’s trip to Melbourne he hosted two creative events and also creative consulted a local organisation compiling a tender for an urban development project. The creative events were #scribbleMELB, a spin-off of the Auckland based Creative Conversations Club #scribbleAKL that Bhav head’s up. The Melbourne events were an opportunity to […]