Harvard Students Get Special Social Foursquare Spin-Off

Wed, Jan 13, 2010

Location-Based, Mobile, Social

Harvard has partnered with location-based social game, Foursquare to create a campus-based version with rewards (badges and points) for exploring the school and surrounding places of interest.

The Harvard Gazette describes the official Harvard-specific game partnership, including a special collegiate badge for the Foursquare spin-off social network. The collaboration seeks to up intra-campus connection between students and professors, and inspire Harvard visitors to explore the grounds  through location-based game play.

“Harvard is more than classrooms and buildings. It is an interconnected community of people, ideas, and experiences, and we are actively pursuing ways to enhance those connections,” said Perry Hewitt, director of digital communications and communications services for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “We believe that Harvard’s participation will allow our community to engage with friends, professors, and colleagues in new ways. We also hope visitors and neighbors will benefit from the platform as it grows through use.”

“Universities are places of such incredible talent and energy,” said Dennis Crowley, foursquare’s co-founder. “And that is why we’re excited about this collaboration and the potential for foursquare to bring people together.”

The hugely popular mobile social game is currently available on iPhone, Android and Palm Pre.

Check out Foursquare on the App Store for more info: foursquare

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