The idea for a mobile game in which players would complete to record their local wildlife began taking shape in November, 2011, as part of a broader initiative, called ProjectBioD.org, which seeks to help protect biodiversity using the latest mobile technologies.
The founders of ProjectBioD.org had already spent over a decade developing collective intelligence networks — that is, “gamified” crowd-sourcing models — meant to engage online communities in the production of verified, cheat-proof, high-quality solutions to complex problems, as fast as possible (see US Patent US20030093317 A1, Oct 25, 2001).
Having designed the functionality for a “quest-type” game, as well as other gaming models, the founders created an entity called QuestaGame.com. In September, 2013, QuestaGame launched a crowd-funding campaign to develop a Canberra-based mobile adventure app in which players would seek out local birds for points. The nest of this initial crowd-funding campaign received a warm welcome from supporters around Australia — and lo! QuestaBird was hatched.
With help from our partners, the game now works not just in Canberra, but all over Australia; and not just for birds, but for any species of wildlife. We hope you enjoy it, because the more you do, the more you’ll learn about the Australian environment. And the faster Australia can record, understand and better protect its precious biodiversity.
Please feel free to contact us any time. We’d love to hear from you.