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On Saturday, July 28, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., teams of competitors take to Vancouver’s streets for the annual Urban Goose Chase. The chase is a technological twist on the classic scavenger hunt: using the Urban Goose application for an iPhone or Android mobile device, the scavenger-hunt organizers beam out a series of challenges set in locations around the city. Smartphones become compasses, pointing the way as teams pick their challenges. Events include anything from knitting a useful item out of plastic grocery bags to reenacting the classic fountain splashing scene from the title sequence of Friends. For each task completed, the organizers award teams a certain number of points. The team that earns the most points overall wins a $500 Visa gift card and the designation of microcelebrity.
Competitors should make sure to bring their mobile devices and clad themselves in orange—the competition’s signature colour—to gain some bonus points. After the event, competitors can become spectators and witness a massive fireworks display over English Bay.
Urban Goose Chase
A curious madness has taken hold of average citizens in North America. Groups of adults rove the city in packs, staring down at their smartphones before impersonating teppanyaki chefs at a coffeehouse condiment counter and knitting with plastic bags. This is an Urban Goose Chase.
The taskmasters at Urban Goose Chase turn the notion of a traditional scavenger hunt on its ear by communicating with teams via an Android- and iPhone-compatible app. Event instructions are sent out upon registration; teams download the app and receive a variety of missions from which they can select. Successfully completed missions earn teams the points they need to gain rank on the leaderboard and win prizes. During the chase, each team’s standings are updated in real time and visible to other teams, creating a sense of urgency, much like wearing an hourglass in place of a wristwatch.