July 3, 2009: Venice Turns On Wi-Fi

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We’re getting ready for a big event in Venice: on July 3rd, the city that was home to the Ruyi and Marco Polo and is still home to canals and other wonders, will open its Wi-Fi network to its citizens. The City Council has adopted the principles of “digital citizenship” and has been working for some time to guarantee free broadband access. This goal is now in sight.

We’ve accepted Venice’s invitation to participate in Wi-Fi Day on July 3rd and we thought it would be a great idea to dedicate a completely digital version of our Ruyi treasure hunt to the city. Because the wireless network will be accessible from anywhere in the city, you’ll be able to play WHAIWHAI with any device that can connect to Wi-Fi technology. Players can gain access to Alberto Toso Fei’s stories from the jumbled The Ruyi – Venice gamebook through a data connection via mobile phone or another device. Searching for clue after clue in the narrow streets and squares unique to Venice, you’ll get an exciting experience and enjoy the simple and direct interaction with the game.

This free WHAIWHAI event will start at 7:00pm from Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Square) and will last about two hours. Teams will challenge each other to earn a prize. You’ll soon find a registration page on our website with all the details you’ll need. Starting July 22nd, you’ll also find updates on the events that will take place on July 3rd on the Comune di Venezia (City of Venice) website.

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