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Ingress

Mobile gaming application

Google's Niantic Labs
(John HANKE, Founder)(United States)

Summary

Ingress represents a unique, pioneering entertainment experience known as “Real World Games”, an all-new style of game featuring innovative massive multiplayer mobile gameplay which transforms neighborhoods and cities around the world into an interactive experience filled with mystery, intrigue, and adventure. Using Google Maps technology, players move through and explore the world around them, visiting historical sites, parks, and public artworks to discover hidden “Portals” leaking a mysterious energy into our dimension.

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Reason for Award

Google's Niantic Labs (John HANKE, Founder)

Google VP and Founder of Niantic Labs. Niantic Labs is a startup within Google. Founded by John Hanke, who previously helmed the Google Geo team, Niantic’s products are focused on getting people outdoors, building adventure & exploration on foot, enabling meaningful and serendipitous interactions with local environments and other people in brand new ways, through technology.