- $46 for team registration for up to six ($99 value)
From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 21, teams of competitors take to Houston’s streets for the Urban Goose Chase. The chase is a technological twist on the classic scavenger hunt: using the Urban Goose application for iPhone or an 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 an awkward family photo 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 $200 check and the designation of microcelebrity.
Competitors should make sure to bring their mobile devices and dress in orange—the competition’s signature color—to gain some bonus points.
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.