Summer will be back in a few weeks and in preparation for warmer weather and more time spent outside, developer Niantic Labs is preparing its mobile hit Pokemon GO for a new summer of players in collaboration with the Knight Foundation.
In a report from Fast Co.Design, Niantic Labs has announced that the developer will bring a new wave of community events for Pokemon GO across North America in a partnership with the Knight Foundation, and organization dedicated to city-organized events to promote civic engagement and city exploration.
A “multiyear commitment” has been coordinated between Niantic and the Knight Foundation to bring community events in Pokemon GO to cities across North America, with the first event to start in Charlotte, North Carolina on Sunday, May 7th, 2017 as part of the “Open Streets” event from the Knight Foundation. Specifically, these events will bring players together, with streets to be closed off from traffic to allow a safe (and easier) environment for players to head outside and enjoy the game while exploring the city.
In addition to the city-planned event, the city of Charlotte has also designated 16 existing PokeStops and two Gyms to highlight during the event for players to find various city landmarks and spaces, along with prime spots to catch elusive Pokemon.
Niantic CEO John Hanke also provided a statement on the new collaboration between the company and the Knight Foundation, explaining:
“We founded Niantic to give people the chance to connect with the world around them using technology and games in innovative ways. The partnership with The Knight Foundation is a great forum to explore how technology can drive civic engagement.”
Pokemon GO is available now on iOS and Android.