Creative SimVenturers Wanted
Running businesses, even if they are only virtual, can get a bit deep and serious. To lighten the SimVenture experience, be it with Classic or Evolution, we feel it’s important to occasionally getaway from the matter at hand and give those all-important creative juices time and space.
Do you have something to share which reflects your experience with either business simulation? We are looking for creative simventurers to contribute thoughts, ideas, doodles, drawings, designs, poetry, reflective thoughts and more.
As long as it’s clean(ish), we’ll publish your work on this page and credit you accordingly. Thanks in advance.
Submit all ideas to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explorers, Spies & Moles
Each year at the IEEC Conference, the SimVenture Team creates a game or challenge open to all delegates. At the 2017 event, people were simply asked to answer up to 6 Twittersphere questions in order to play ‘Explorers, Spies and Moles’.
Delegates signed up at the SimVenture stand and the challenge began on the Wednesday (2pm) and concluded Thursday (11pm). People could start when they wanted and play at their own pace. Creative, networking and enterprising skills were tested and bottles of champagne and chocolates went to the winners.
Creative SimVenturers – How we made the challenge work
When signing up to play, people provided their name and a Twitter Handle. People then used their ‘Handle’ throughout.
At 2pm on Wednesday, the first challenge tweet was posted. Five more tweets were then posted (pre-set on twitter) at 45-minute intervals. From 9am on Thursday, 5 more tweets were posted, again at 45-minute intervals. All response tweets from entrants had to include the hashtags: #IEEC2017 & #simventure. People could choose up to 6 of the first 11 challenges to answer and post responses using their registered Twitter Handle together with #IEEC2017 & #simventure. Each answer scored 1 point.
Then, at 2pm on Thursday, the ‘Mole Challenge’ was revealed. People successfully completing the Mole Challenge scored 2 points.
Entrants had to provide up to 6 chosen responses (scoring 7 max) via Twitter by 11pm on Thursday 7th September. The highest score won. In the event of a tie, the judges were required to assess the enterprise, flair, creativity and tenacity shown by participants when completing challenges and tweeting answers. People judged to have used the most flair, enterprise, tenacity and creativity were favoured.
The IEEC Mole Challenge – ramping up the competition
Between 3pm and 11pm on Thursday 7th September, three IEEC delegates infiltrated the conference and carried a new, hidden identity. These people were no longer just delegates; these people were ‘Conference Moles’ (the organising team agreed the ‘mole identity’ with 3 delegates before the event; each mole was sworn to secrecy).
To test enterprising, networking and resilience skills, delegates were tasked with finding one of the moles by approaching ‘suspects’ and asking them the direct question: ‘Are you a mole’? Moles were told not to ‘surface’ at the conference before 3pm on Thursday and if undiscovered had to squirrel themselves away after 11pm.
Naturally, entrants experienced a lot of rejection from ‘non-mole delegates’. And moles only revealed themselves if they were personally asked the direct question:
“Are You a Mole”
If/when delegates found a mole, the mole had to furtively confirm their status and provide a coded sentence which the finder had to then tweet. The three coded messages provided to moles at the conference were:
- The market for chocolate teapots is pouring away
- Don’t buy tripe for its quality or its price
- Better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation
Once the SimVenture team saw a ‘mole reveal tweet’ (including the coded mole’s response), we knew a mole had been found and who had uncovered them. Scores were adjusted accordingly.
Once ‘outed’, a mole returned to their normal delegate status and relaxed.
Join the Creative SimVenturers at IEEC 2018 for more fun, games and original challenges.
Using the twitter platform it was very straightforward identifying who had answered the questions and/or found a mole. As such allocating marks was easy. After a bit of analysis we soon knew our winner as well as 2nd and 3rd places:
3rd – Diana Pasek-Atkinson (Nottingham Trent University)
The Happy SimVenturer
At times I venture to the clouds
My skills to test and dreams to make
I ponder blithely, oft aloud
The host of options there to take
To bide my time, against my urge
Or forge ahead, effect my surge.
Oh fiendish market yet to yield
My fortune yet to make
There seems a level playing field
I gamble all my stake
Ten thousand ‘vested at a stroke
My wager laid I may go broke.
Contiguous decisions fly
Out with all common sense
My business acumen awry
A prayer for recompense
I tried and tried – but little thought
Success could be so hardly wrought.
So oft, when ventures fill my mind
In vacant or in pensive mood
It is the blessed ‘full rewind’
Which bares the gift of chance renewed
SimVenturers this way do earn
No livings lost – but lessons learned.
Paul Brough Jones (with a nod to William Wordsworth)
The CEO of M&S
Read the results in horror!
The forecast sales had not been made
Should he quit or borrow?
Eleventh hour, a last resort
In panic, he phoned his daughter
You are a silly man, she said
You forgot to run the quarter.