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How Story City Works
Will you explore Brisbane while running from a zombie apocalypse? Or how about cruising the Adelaide streets while solving a mystery? Or will you be pillaging the city looking for pirate supplies? It’s your adventure, so it’s up to you!
Story City makes you the hero of your own adventure, giving you the chance to step into a story in locations across the world. Whether it’s a real-life choose-your-adventures, puzzle trails, or historic tales each experience only opens when you’re standing in the right place via the Story City App.
Whether you’re a reader, an adventurer, a traveller, a family, a gamer or maybe even a geocacher, our stories take you to the most interesting locations around the city with adventures created by local creators who know their city best.
Story City stories aren’t like your everyday stories where you are a passive consumer. We want to give you stories you can see and touch, stories that allow you to interact, be a part of them, and to make choices that can change them. As you make the decisions that affect how your story ends, you also travel a unique path through the city you’re exploring.
When the app detects you are in the right location it unlocks the next part of the story. Each story happens in the location that you are standing.
We’re redefining stories so that they are something you are a part of, rather than something you are told.
And we want to support the local storytellers you know, to do it.
Meet Our Team
Emily Craven is an author, speaker, innovator and the creator of Story City. With over a decade worth of experience in the publishing industry, she ran digital production and community for the Institute of the Future of the Book (Australia), has spoken internationally on interactive storytelling and public space activation, and won multiple awards for her work with Story City.
A Software Engineer with 20 years of development experience and more than a decade of project management experience, Brett has worked for both gaming industry behemoths (Bioware) and indie studios. He has a strong passion for Technology mixed with a great deal of entrepreneurial spirit, and is an active professional musician.
Head of Product, Co-Founder
Justin has close to a decade's worth of experience in UX design for large gaming studios (Bioware), indie game studios, web and mobile. Extremely knowledgeable in a variety of game genres, styles and their mechanics, he guarantees a seamless user experience from concept, to development, to implementation.
Head of Partnerships
With 20 years in marketing, communications and business development experience in the private, public and non-profit space, Shefali is a leader in establishing strategic partnerships for mission-driven organisations.
Editor & Producer
With a PhD in interactive storytelling, and several years experience in VR design experience, Ben is a passionate and motivated writer and producer with a range of professional writing experience, including narrative design for games, copywriting, technical writing, and creative writing.
Kevin Powe is an international voice actor with a passion for oral storytelling and character-driven narrative who specialises in the medium of interactive entertainment, but lends his voice to the full spectrum of voice over work.
What Our Creators & Users are Saying
I learnt a lot about Brisbane and Australia’s history. As well as the subject matter, the style of writing is very different to my normal methods. It’s important for artists to embrace the opportunities that new technology offers us and our audience. Projects run through enterprises like Story City enable just that.
Awesome way to see a city I use Story City mainly to explore my own city. I've only lived here for 2 years but feel like I've lived here forever with apps like this giving me a fun way to play and discover. Takes up a little bit of battery, but I just get around that by bringing a power pack. Highly recommend.
Exploring the minutea of locations for story telling prompts and clues. Combining vision, sound and story to transport an audience squinting at their smartphones while navigating city streets. It is a wonderful concept and innovative use of modern technology to promote story telling. I learnt a lot from the experience and loved the collaboration.
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