Stanford EE Computer Systems Colloquium

4:15PM, Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Skilling Auditorium, Stanford Campus

Ingress: a massively multiplayer geo game from Google

Brandon Badger
NianticLabs @ Google
About the talk:

Ingress is a massively multiplayer geo game that was recently launched by Google's Niantic Labs. Players move through the real world using an Android device and the Ingress app to discover and tap sources of a mysterious energy. Players acquire objects to aid in their quest, deploy tech to capture territory, and ally with other field agents to advance the cause of the Enlightened or the Resistance in an epic struggle for the fate of humanity.

This talk will describe Google's latest efforts to create "adventures on foot" using Android and Google's Geo data.The discussion will focus on the technologies used to create the Field Trip and Ingress apps, the development process within Niantic Labs, the game design principles and techniques used to design Ingress, and future opportunities to use Glass and other emerging technologies to transform the gaming landscape.

Learn more about Ingress at and follow the mysterious investigation at

Video: Ingress - It's Time to Move


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About the speaker:

Brandon Badger, a Stanford alum (BA Econ '02 MS CS '03), is the Product Manager for Niantic Labs. He's been a Product Manager on Google Maps, Google Books, YouTube, and Niantic Labs.

Contact information:

Brandon Badger
Niantic Labs @ Google