Save This Place is an experiment in Social Entrepreneurship. It combines gaming with geo located personal stories in an ambitious attempt to raise $1 billion dollars for good social causes that are doing their best to save this planet of ours.
It's a combination of the 'One Million Dollar Home Page' and Foursquare - you take your gps camera phone to your favorite place, take a photo and send it in - if no one else owns it you are now the sole owner of one of the more than 8 bllion equal sized parcels of land. Your optional $1 donation will be matched by donations from corporate sponsors.
You share your story with the world - and we raise $1 Billion.
Additional gps and virtual games keep the experience going, encouraging players to become kings and queens of their own domains.
The coming iphone app will extend the reach to over 20 million iphone users.
Finalist: Paypal Developer's Challenge
Lauren Elliott has been designing games and social sites since the early 80's. Author of over 25 original titles including the 'Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego' series. He has also started social media sites, and is currently working on a hardware company.
Socially responsible games are hitting a cord with the world. Games like CauseWorld have shown that a good game can be combined with a new sense of global awareness to make successful ventures. Save This Place has divided the earth into about 8 billion equally sized parcels. Sponsors match user's optional $1 donations for each parcel. Advertisers and sponsors purchase and hide 'virtual' goods around the planet.
We take advantage of a strong desire to share personal stories, with this growing sense of responsibility, to build the current version of the one million dollar home page.
Geo location games are very popular - we combine this with social interaction, virtual goods, corporate sponsorship, and the inherent good feeling of giving back.