Back in 2016, APNIC designed a cardgame to help non-technical audiences understand how the internet ecosystem works – but in an engaging and visual way. With COVID-19 putting a pause on physically-attended conferences and events, it is a good time to take IPGO digital.

In May this year we started the design of a process to generate ideas about what this game could be and what it could look like online.


Is this a game about creating the most efficient pathways for data to travel? 


Is this an adventure game where you can work collaboratively to solve the problems of the Internet? 


Is this a game where you can build your own network of networks? 


Maybe it’s a little bit of each of the above options?


Can you help us work it out?

If you are relatively new to the Internet and Internet Governance spaces and struggle to understand the technicalities of the Internet, we would love you to join the design team of the IPGO game.


What do you need to do?

Attend at least 3 of 5 upcoming online workshops, (2-3hrs each) over the next 6 months. At these workshops, we will ask you to provide your ideas and feedback on different game possibilities.
Here is the tentative schedule for the upcoming workshops. Please note, dates and times may be subject to change depending on everyone's availability.

  • Workshop #1
    29th November 2021 (6:00am – 8:00am UTC)
    Help us to determine the narrative and the mission of the game.
  • Workshop #2
    17th December 2021 (6:30am – 8:30am UTC)
    Review our paper-based prototype for the game and let us know what you like and don't like.
  • Workshop #3
    5th January 2022 (6:00am – 8:00am UTC)
    Help us to settle on the final design for the game before we start production.
  • Workshop #4
    Late March - Early April 2022
    Play an early version of our game and tell us what you think!
  • Workshop #5
    May 2022
    Play an updated version of the game that is nearly final.


What's in it for me?

Aside from working on a really cool project, in exchange for your time, your name will be added to the credits as a co-designer of the game.

You will also receive a care package from APNIC as a token of appreciation. This care package will include IPGO merchandise and $50 Amazon credit*.


How to get involved?

If you’re keen to participate, we’d love to hear from you!

Please email us at to register your interest.

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*Subject to delivery options in your area.