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Help a MassChallenge startup: Fantasy Politics

Posted by Devin Cole  August 8, 2012 11:00 AM

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[Another installment in our ongoing series with MassChallenge startups. Network with these exciting companies on the upcoming harbor cruise August 16th.]

When I tell people that I run a company called Fantasy Politics, I frequently hear the response that America's politics are already a form of fantasy politics. Unfortunately, in some ways that’s true.

Our company seeks to improve our political system by creating a more educated, informed and engaged citizenry who demand better from their politicians. Our first step in achieving that broad goal was to create an insanely addictive game. It's called Fantasy Politics and applies fantasy football dynamics to politics. The game is driven by nearly 20 political momentum metrics, ranging from polling data and campaign fundraising numbers to Klout scores and Intrade scores. It's entirely free to play.

While Fantasy Politics is like catnip for political junkies, we're even more excited that it's proving to be a gateway drug to a great civic education for students. We've started to see tremendous excitement amongst educators for our game. While both high school and college professors can find it difficult to get students excited about a civics textbook, Fantasy Politics engages students in a way that textbooks can't.

With the help of partners like Rock the Vote and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, we'll be in thousands of classrooms by November. But that's not fast enough. We'd like to be in every civics, government and history classroom. BWP can help with that.

OUR REQUEST: We'd like to get connected to people, organizations and listserves that can help us get into schools and reach young people across the country. We'd also like to get connected to bloggers who can help us get the word out to political junkies and who can act as affiliates. By using an incredibly fun game to engage people, including thousands of young people, in our politics perhaps we can play a small role in ending America's fantasy politics and demanding more from our leaders.

[We thank our MassChallenge series video partner Vsnap. Due to format changes, previous videos are no longer accessible. Please visit Vsnap.com for a great video communication tool.]

Aaron Michel is Co-Founder and Chief Political Nerd at Fantasy Politics.

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