Imagine taking part in a team adventure race through your city guided by your own phone or smart device!
Well that idea is now reality with Corporate Challenge Events.
I am delighted to announce the launch of City Appventure, a new team building programme that harnesses digital technology to send groups on a fun, challenge-laden pursuit around a CBD, suburb or entire town.
It’s been a long time in the making but we wanted to ensure it was tried and tested, and delivered important team building benefits before launching it into the marketplace.
Why did we decide to create a new programme like this?
Firstly, there is demand.
We’ve experienced increased interest and bookings for our City Scramble team building programme over the past few years. City Scramble is what City Appventure is modelled on – one of the best team building activities and scavenger hunts around a specific location.
Through our consultation and debriefs with clients, we’ve taken on board feedback to look at integrating technology into these type of programs. Using smart devices became a ‘no-brainer’ as everyone uses them, they are ideal for navigation and an app could easily replace what we previously provided in booklets.
Secondly, and a segway from above, it reduces the need for paper.
We don’t need to distribute activity booklets as the app has become a one stop shop for instructions, directions and logging the completion of challenges.
It’s not only environmentally friendly by eliminating the use of paper materials but it gets people into the great outdoors undertaking a fun, healthy and active game.
Thirdly, it helps us offer a lower cost programme to organisations.
It saves us transportation costs in sending staff to checkpoints around the city. Our staff can remain at a central start and finish location for the initial briefing and concluding presentations, with the app facilitating the movement and activities of the teams around the city.
Using their smart phones, teams can also stay in contact with program facilitators for any troubleshooting issues.
Another feature of the app is that it is live and fully dynamic, which means we can tailor it specifically for each client and apply ‘in game’ changes to add some further adventure and mystery to the event.
So, what is involved in City Appventure?
In City Appventure, teams use this customised app on their smart device to find and visit as many pinned locations as possible.
At each pinned location, teams are required to complete an activity that in some way relates to that local area.
It may be posing for a photo in front of a landmark, completing a fun challenge in a scenic spot, answering trivia questions by locating certain items and much more.
The ultimate objective of the programme is for each team to gain as many points as possible by completing the fun team building activities.
In the app, instructions are provided on where and when compulsory activity stations will be held in order to earn big points.
Teams must strategically plan and execute the best way to get there before the time expires.
Not only will groups come away with a better knowledge of the city, they will also have a great time performing all kinds of activities such as dancing in front of strangers, creating human pyramids and identifying popular attractions and sights.
It is not just fun, it provides a number of beneficial outcomes for organisations such as working on team strategy and communication, navigation and the ability to follow instructions, time and budget management, and taking people out of their workplace comfort zone.
Technology is definitely changing the way people do team building exercises. Whilst there still is a demand for traditional methods, there has been a noticeable shift towards incorporating technology into team programmes.
For City Appventure, all people need is a smart device, comfortable shoes and a positive attitude!
Hugh Sykes, Head of Research & Development, Corporate Challenge Events