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Applying serious gaming to humanitarian security: A framework for mixed-reality training

21 October 2015

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Applying serious gaming to humanitarian security: A framework for mixed-reality training

Emerging technology can be used for training humanitarian staff to respond effectively to the increasingly complex needs that arise following disasters, particularly when responding to security incidents and executing emergency plans. Creating realistic exercises during the training is crucial to ensure that participants respond effectively in similar real-life scenarios.

This article by Atish Gonsalves (2015) explores how mobile devices can play an important role in crisis situations involving role-playing. Although they don’t match the immersive feeling a participant gets when entering a real-world simulation, mobile devices are well suited to orchestrate a flow of events through a ‘mixed-reality’ environment, allowing the learners to move between virtual tasks assigned on the device and the physical environment. To this end, an application framework, authoring tool and mobile application are currently under development by Mobilize.life with an aim to go live in early 2016.

Mobilize.life is now known as Gamoteca, and is available online.


Crisis Management Scenario

This document contains a scenario which can be used to run a crisis management exercise. 

No Escape – Civilians in Syria Struggle to Find Safety Across Borders

Norwegian Refugee Council and International Rescue Committee report on Syrian Civilians Struggle to Find Safety Across Borders.

Challenges of Getting Security Training to the Right People at the Right Time| GISF Forum Notes | Berlin | September 2015

Christine Persaud (Canadian Red Cross) reflected on the challenges security managers face when trying to ensure all staff receive quality, timely and cost-effective security training.