EventCamp Vancouver attendees can earn special FourSquare Badges

Greg D. Ruby, CEM, CMM, CMP and FourSquare superstar

 I had my first introduction to FourSquare last year during the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting in Dallas when I was hanging out with my fellow Godfathers. Jeff Hurt was reminding us to check in everywhere we went that night and I was feeling left out as I did not have a smart phone at that time. By the time EventCamp rolled around the next month, I had me a smart phone and was addicted to FourSquare. Fellow EventCamp attendee Paul Salinger and I were slugging it out over the three days to hold the mayorships of the Roger Smith Hotel, site of the inaugural EventCamp.

Want to play FourSquare along with some of your fellow campers at EventCamp Vancouver? First off, you will need a smart phone (iPhone, Droid or Blackberry) and have downloaded the FourSquare app. Secondly, where do we check in at? If you are staying at the official hotel, the Westin Bayshore, check in there! Then head over to the Vancouver Convention Center, site of the conference, and check in at that facility. I am positive that someone will create an EventCamp Vancouver venue (or something similar), so check in here as well. Knowing this bunch of attendees, I can imagine there will be some impromptu gatherings at local restaurants and watering holes, and you will be able to check in these locales as well.

Whoever checks in the most at a venue (only one check-in per day counts) is rewarded by becoming the “Mayor” of that venue. It will be unlikely that any of the campers will check-in enough at any place while we are in town to become mayor, except for the EventCamp Vancouver venue that is yet to be created. The mayor is only awarded after someone has checked in at a venue for a second time, so we should not have a mayor until Saturday morning at the earliest.

At the time of the original EventCamp, I was still very much a newbie and not that familiar with the various badges that FourSquare could reward users. Not anymore! There are a couple of badges that can be earned while you are at the conference and three other badges that can be earned in the Vancouver area. So what badges can I earn while at EventCamp Vancouver?

4square player pleaseThere is the PLAYER PLEASE badge that is earned when you check into a place where three of your friends from the other sex have already checked in.  So ladies, become friends with at least 3 guys who are attending.  Likewise, guys become FourSquare friends with three ladies who are attending.  Your friends must be checked in before you do in order to earn the badge.  Several of us who attended EventCamp Twin Cities were able to earn this badge during dinner after the conference.

4square swarmThe next badge is going to take an effort from a majority of the folks attending EventCamp to earn. The SWARM badge is earned when you check into a place where 50+ folks have checked into a venue, so we need participation from almost everyone attending to help folks earn this badge. There has never been enough check-ins at any of the previous six EventCamps to create a Swarm, so let this be your challenge in Vancouver!

If your schedule allows you the opportunity to do some sightseeing in the Vancouver area, there are a few additional FourSquare badges that can be earned.

4square TransLinkVancouver has an excellent mass transit system called the TransLink.  Go green and check in 9 times on the TransLink to earn the TRANSIT CHAMPION badge.  You have to be following TransLink on FourSquare before checking in.

4square WhistlerFollow Whistler Blackcomb on FourSquare, check into the resort there and you have earned the WHISTLER BLACKCOMB badge.  (Did anyone take advantage of the awesome pre and post $99 rate at the Westin Whistler??)

Since you are in ski country, check in on three consecutive days at venues categorized as Ski Lodge or Ski Area and earn the SKI BUM badge.  (Vancouver has three mountains in the city – Cypress Mountain, Seymour Mountain and Grouse Mountain)

Enjoy your time at EventCamp and in the Vancouver area!