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Becker College’s MassDiGI Program Develops Game Addressing Income Inequality

Monday, November 07, 2016

 

Lotto Boxes

Becker College and MassDiGI teamed up with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in order to build the free, social impact game, Lotto Boxes, which addressed income inequality. 

“Working on Lotto Boxes with Becker, MassDiGI and the Silicon Valley Community Foundation was a great opportunity for us. The high level of communication and collaboration that went into the effort was the key to finding the right way to balance the social impact message with gameplay,” said Becker Alumnus Ryan Canuel. 

The mobile game’s development team which includes Worcester-based startup Petricore Games, led by Canuel, and Becker senior Rejon Taylor-Foster, publicly launched the open beta version of Lotto Boxes at the SVCF Innovation Conference in San Francisco, Calif., last month.

Lotto Boxes 

Lotto Boxes is designed to be played by young people then placed into context by teachers or parents through a discussion of the issues. To help with that, the development team plans to work with educators, community-based organizations, and non-profits to create a course-pack of related learning materials to go along with the game.

“Our goal was to not only build a fun game, but to build a fun game that carries with it an important conversation. We feel Lotto Boxes does that. Our development team is looking forward to learning more from player feedback with an eye towards what’s next,” said MassDiGI Managing Director Monty Sharma. 

Lotto Boxes, which is available now in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, lets players tap the screen to open boxes, sort them and collect Golden Tickets. Hidden amid the action is a secret. 

 

Related Slideshow: US News College Rankings 2016

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College of the Holy Cross 

  • #32 (tie) in National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • #37 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings

 

US News Says: 

"College of the Holy Cross is a private institution that was founded in 1843. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,916, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 174 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Holy Cross's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 32. Its tuition and fees are $48,940 (2016-17)."

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Assumption College 

#23 (tie) in Regional Universities North

US News Says: 

"Assumption College is a private institution that was founded in 1904. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,987, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 185 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Assumption College's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 23. Its tuition and fees are $36,260 (2016-17)."

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute 

  • #60 (tie) in National Universities
  • #42 in Best Value Schools
  • #18 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #36 (tie) in Best Colleges for Veterans
  • #83 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs
  • #63 (tie) in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,299, its setting is city, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. Worcester Polytechnic Institute's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 60. Its tuition and fees are $46,994 (2016-17)."

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Clark University 

  • #74 (tie) in National Universities
  • #27 in Best Value Schools
  • #117 (tie) in High School Counselor Rankings
  • #150 (tie) in Business Programs

 

US News Says: 

"Clark University is a private institution that was founded in 1887. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,397, its setting is city, and the campus size is 50 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Clark University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 74. Its tuition and fees are $43,150 (2016-17)."

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Worcester State University 

  • #118 (tie) in Regional Universities North
  • #38 (tie) in Top Public Schools

 

US News Says: 

"Worcester State University is a public institution that was founded in 1874. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,514, its setting is city, and the campus size is 58 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Worcester State University's ranking in the 2017 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities North, 118. Its in-state tuition and fees are $8,857 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,937 (2015-16)."

 
 

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