On July 3rd, Venice will turn on wi-fi. The city will be fully covered by a wireless network, and thanks to an initiative of the City Council, Venetians will have free access. For the first day of full wi-fi coverage, we thought it would be a nice idea to dedicate a completely digital version of The Ruyi to the city of Venice. With this network, all “digital citizens” (everyone who registers) will be able to access a challenge to search for the lost scepter via any device that can connect to wi-fi technology. Access to the stories (which, for those of you familiar with our guidebooks, you’re accustomed to unscrambling using codes) will take place via data connections by mobile phone or another device; this will let you experience an exciting treasure hunt in Venice and enjoy simple and direct interaction with the game.
Those of you who know about WHAIWHAI already know that it’s easy to play. For the rest of you, here’s a quick explanation.
You start by reading a short story about a specific place in the city. Once you identify which place it is, go there. Meanwhile, the system will produce an enigma. Solving this enigma requires careful observation of the particular location – it could involve a particular architectural detail, an aspect of the surrounding area, or just a logical calculation. Once you solve the enigma (or even if you answer incorrectly), you move on to the next story, about a different point on the map.
Our Wi-Fi Day challenge will begin at 7:00pm in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square). We’ll meet under the Clock Tower and, after a simple registration and a few instructions, we’ll start the game. This treasure hunt for hidden clues in the nooks and crannies of Venice will last about two hours; we’ll meet back together at the last stage to celebrate, with prizes for the fastest teams.
If you think you can make it, write to firstname.lastname@example.org. A couple of days before the event, we’ll contact you for confirmation and to add your team to the list of participants. In the meantime, let your enthusiasm build up, get your friends to join you and form a team (groups of three or four are best) – you’re about to become digital Venetians!