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Second Annual Brown University Student Winternship


Recently, our team had the opportunity to work with a group of talented Brown University students on a two-week ‘winternship’ sprint to explore gamification in education. Our goal for the sprint was to develop a prototype for a gamified metaverse that could help to engage, motivate students to learn and help solve world problems using the framework of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. We knew that we had a talented team of students to work with, and we were excited to see what they could come up with.

The Winternship is sponsored by Brown’s Career Center in the Careers for the Common Good (Careers in the Common Good | CareerLAB (brown.edu) department and is the second annual program where Brown funded internship spots for students to be able to come work with us during their winter break.

The sprint began with a “Dreamstorming”session where we discussed different ideas for the metaverse and how we can tokenize the game. We encouraged the students to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions that would engage players and make learning more fun. Over the next few days, the students worked tirelessly to develop their ideas and create a prototype.

One group developed a prototype of the metaverse that allowed students to explore the various aspects they could include in the metaverse such as avatar / costume design and other elements that translate to learning about and accessing survival tools to prepare for climate and other disasters. Another group worked on tokenization of the metaverse to help fund the best ideas to accept into our 3 month Dream Tank accelerator in Baja, Mexico.

The energy in the room was contagious as the students worked on their projects. They were constantly bouncing ideas off of each other, refining their designs, and testing out new features. We were amazed by their enthusiasm and their ability to work together as a team.
At the end of the two-week sprint, the students presented their prototypes to the team. The audience was impressed by the quality of their work and the creativity that they brought to the table.

Overall, our experience working with the Brown University students was rewarding and enjoyed helping unleash their energy, creativity, and passion for a new form of education in action. It was a great reminder that the next generation of innovators is full of brilliant minds and that there are many exciting developments on the horizon for gamification. We are excited to see where these students’ careers will take them, and we feel lucky to have been a part of their journey.


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Watch the DEMO DAY Replay here: Island17 Winternship 2023 Full Edit
Review the DEMO DAY presentation deck here: DECK

Gameplay – The New Frontier in Shaping Our Future

Author: Valeria Graziani
Original Post:  Singularity Group Blog

We are proud to repost a recent blog on the Singularity Group website about our development of a youth-led metaverse to address the SDGs:

Our future will always flourish if our youth have the resources and the space to step into their potential as world leaders. Our young people are the world’s most abundant global resource, yet the most underdeveloped and underrepresented. Our San Diego chapter is working to change that. A world that believes in their youth and gives them every opportunity to explore, discover, imagine and create has already won the future. Our world has enormous untapped potential and too much talent for our future to stay stagnant. Our San Diego Chapter, in collaboration with Dream Tank, and sponsored by ExO Angels, realizes the power in our youth and is giving them real-world learning opportunities. These opportunities engage them as core design contributors and lets their imagination, passion, creativity and energy run free in Island17.io. Island17.io is a new metaverse game created as a global youth social, entrepreneurial and problem-solving ecosystem.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

‍Tech hotbeds are filled with opportunities for innovative ideas, and San Diego is steadily rising in the tech scene. It is the 7th best city for tech startups in the USA, hosting over 100 AI unicorns and the 6th-fastest growing technology job market. So it’s no surprise that our San Diego chapter is riding the wave as they partner with Dream Tank to aim their efforts at garnering tech interest for our younger generations. Youth at Dream Tank created Island17.io as a fun and interactive community-owned and led web3 gaming metaverse to invite young innovators to join and lead the design and development of the game to learn the art of coding.

‍The act of gaming can break down barriers and make the most out of a young mind by encouraging problem-solving and nurturing the imagination. By leveraging the power of gaming, youth innovation, blockchain, deFi, AI and more, Island17 players go on tiered-style missions and earn tokens through skilled gameplay and contributions to the ecosystem. But what makes Island17 different from more traditional games? To start, it is youth-led and inspires social entrepreneurship. The platform uses the power of technology, the excitement of gaming, the spirit of entrepreneurship and a youth-centered design to help our young people find innovative solutions to problems in their local communities. They then can share ideas and collaborate on a global scale in the Island17 Metaverse to address the biggest challenges facing our world in real-time. In addition, it’s a blockchain economic design that rewards players for their contributions to the Metaverse – or ecosystem.

‍With the project already turning heads, Island17 Fellowships are inviting youth from around the world to join in on this mind-opening experience for 3-months. The platform will allow them to co-create a Metaverse game from the ground up while working to make the world a better place for our collective future. It will also help them develop the skills for their interests, including coding, 3d animation, entrepreneurship training, marketing and social media influencing, music & film production, etc. As we progressively move into a completely tech-centered world, interest in skills surrounding tech development and innovation becomes more valuable. Our young people have a fresh perspective on this digital age, especially when trying to figure out technology’s role in solving the world’s greatest problems. It is now a prime outlet to grab hold of to create the future we want.

‍Through this exciting venture, the work of our San Diego Chapter, Dream Tank and their collaborations with the work of youth developers and organizations (business, government, academia, etc.) will be funded, championed, and implemented to address and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) across the globe. We cannot meet the SDGs  without the greatest minds of our youth who have the best imaginations and are the digital trailblazers of our time.

‍The digital age has grown with our youth, so much so that they are an essential part of the future of technology and how it will fit in our lives to help solve the problems of tomorrow. Our younger generations are vital in making programming enjoyable and establishing partnerships by building the Island17 Metaverse Game Portal. In 2022, our San Diego Chapter is hosting the challenges to design Island17 via their Youth Fellowship and World Changing Youth on Island17 with Dream Tank launching during GEW Global Entrepreneurship Week, Nov 14-20 2022 with the leadership of Dream Tank and support from ExO Angels. This is an opportunity for young people to gain access to experts and mentors, learn about game design, and leverage their ideas and feedback to shape the future of Island17’s Metaverse Game.

‍Our San Diego chapter leaders are devoted to causes such as refugee support, digital health data integrity and, of course, youth education and empowerment as they advocate for the ideas that come with generations rising in the tech scene and beyond. They work to solidify confidence in our youth, encourage engagement and collaboration, champion technology and innovation and advocate for education. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as our San Diego chapter works to continue its impact on the world and our future.


Global Entrepreneurship Week Session on Nov 15- “World Changing Youth”

We had an inspiring Global Entrepreneurship Week Session on Nov 15- “World Changing Youth”.

During this session you got to hear from some of our amazing youth, the things they’re doing and the support and mentorship they have received along their entrepreneurship journey. You also got to hear from the Island17 team on their passion to support the youth and ensure that the youth inherit a safe world.  For those who had to leave early or weren’t able to attend, here is the video replay of the event.

Youth ages 12-28
Join our Island17 Design team for a 3 month journey where you’ll work alongside expert mentors, and other youth from around the world in an inspiring educational experience of Youth Design Challenges.  To learn more on how Youth ages 12-28 can engage with us please contact – Elizabeth Herald – elizabeth@island17.io

Sign up your kids for Island17 programs and share this opportunity with other brilliant kids to create a friend cohort. If you are a Parent seeking more information on the programs offered at Island17, please contact – Heidi Cuppari – heidi@island17.io 

Tech Partners 
To learn more about our Tech partnership program, please contact Steven Howell –steven@island17.io 

  • Tech Freelance – we offer your tech services for Youth leaders to tap into. As the youth advance in their skills, they can be featured on a page where other trained Youth leaders can call upon you for freelance tech work
  • Tech Core Contributor – Be available for Dream Tank members to invite you into the project to be a tech partner on individual projects for an equity stake.
  • Tech Partner – Build directly with Island17 on the broader metaverse, NFTs, and future projects.

Sponsors (Corporate, Funders and Investors)
To learn more on how to sponsor, fund and Invest in Island17, please contact Mumbi Thande – mumbi@island17.io

  • SDG Oriented Community Ventures – Distributed Investor Pool of mixed cash, crypto, publicity, talent
  • Non-profit partners
  • Corporate Sponsors

Thank you to all of the sponsors and partners who’ve been by our side and helped produce this event!

We are holding an info-session this coming Saturday, November 19th 2022 at 10am/MT.  We can answer questions and explore opportunities together.  RSVP Here.

We would love for you to join us.


The “Jedi Council” of Island17 & Dream Tank

Island17 Youth Summit & Hackathon

Youth are struggling right now. 😓
We’ve been listening.

They don’t feel safe, and they don’t see many options in their lives to dream a different future, and build it.

Positive action in collaboration with others with meta-leadership support has been proven to drastically improve mental health and wellbeing. And we need them as much as they need us right now.

Join us to celebrate the next generation of leadership & purpose-driven lifestyle from August 17-20, 2022. This is both for ADULTS with an ADD-ON YOUTH SUMMIT to include most ages.



The Island17 Youth Summit will be held from August 17th through August 20th 2022. This 3-day virtual plus IRL hackathon is an experiential and collaborative summit integrating music, art, tech, entrepreneurship, and mentorship to address local/global challenges.

This value-packed event has been underwritten by Orly Amor and her Health, Wellness Network of Commerce Centers &Trust, the Island17 DAO team, and partners ExOEconomy, ExO Angels, Logos Capital, our Ambassador of Hope Chilopod, and her AI chatbot to prompt global humans, especially youth, to inspire mental health and wellbeing.

🖥 Virtual Summit
🌏 Metaverse Game Play
🗳 In Real Life Workshops in satellite sponsored locations
📣 Demo Day Presentation

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