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MYRIAD: Gamification for Urban Planners

The 10th annual GPPN Conference, hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, featured students' solution oriented ideas and prototypes to address public policy challenges identified by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To participate, each GPPN member school carefully selected up to five student teams to present their projects and compete for the GPPN prize. The result: 32 teams from around the world met in Paris to showcase their ideas on how to solve some of the most pressing global challenges of today.


This system helps to define and diagnose as well as to redefine and re-diagnose urban planning by having citizens’ participation as an input for public policy. As a citizen, like many other well-known online platforms, you are able to register a complaint, suggestion or to analyze an urban space area and surrounds. The system works like a social network, giving points for participation. The platform, MYRIAD, is a free web platform that captures and organizes data from different sources (traffic, infrastructure, public services, mapping, citizen’s suggestions, ongoing projects, partnerships) on a simple system of layers and filters. Users can also exchange information about good practices and procedures with planners from all over the world. Even more, users can use the available data to simulate policies’ impacts. MYRIAD helps the city planner to better visualize everything he or she needs to know to make a more resilient and sustainable city. Because users can share information about good practices and good procedures, local knowledge will be shared, helping collective intelligence to emerge and grow.

Meet the team

Mariana Calencio: I am an environmental manager from ESALQ/USP. I believe in collaborative work as well as in conflict resolution to built open dialogue and participation spaces. I see them as a tool for co-creation to understand new visions and standards regarding the relation between humans and nature. While in college I’ve participated directly with technical assistance to small farmers from the state of São Paulo. I also have an interesting experience as an environmental consultant. I am also Master's candidate at FGV/EAESP.

Natalia Puentes Montoya: I am a Political scientist and an internationalist with strong experience at the social inclusion and reconciliation sector in Colombia. My previous work before starting my master of public policy at the Getulio Vargas was Program Director at the Pies Descalzos foundation created by Shakira in 1997. Reader, cross fit and kitesurf lover, l strongly believe in human design solutions with citizen participation as an input for social innovation, in which several actors can work together to enhance share value.

Adriana Mattos: I am a lawyer graduated at Federal University of Bahia, with great experience with human rights, migration and refugee law and policy. Currently, I am a legal assistant at São Paulo’s Education Secretariat and research fellow at Casa de Rui Barbosa Foundation. I love everything related to urban space and outdoors, and already am founding a social business devoted to occupy public spaces. I strongly believe in better and lively cities and the full participation of citizens at public policy design.

Elias de Souza: I am a business consultant, graduate in law. I have a Masters degree in public policy and management at Fundação Getulio Vargas that complements my strong experience in advise local, state and national government in development projects related to infrastructure. I integrate the team who works for the Brazil Social Finance Task Force. My lecturers are in: national and international events on issues involving smart cities projects, public management, budget cost reduction and sustainable development goals.

Interested in learning more about the GPPN programs and degrees? Find out here!


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