WebDevStudios is very proud to announce the release of the Y-MVP application that we developed for the YMCA of Greater New York. Y-MVP is a social fitness application powered by WordPress and BuddyPress. It is a great example of how WordPress can be extended as an application framework. It has been developed specifically for the iPad.
YMVP – A Game Changer
“Adopting online game design techniques, New York City’s YMCA has created a dynamic badge system that motivates, recognizes and rewards young people’s MVP levels while helping them to create life-long healthy habits.”
– YMCA-MVP: A Game Changer
How Does it Work?
Participants scan their membership card at a Y-MVP iPad kiosk which is where the fun begins! As participants log their exercises and increase their training time, they earn virtual badges and accumulate points. The digital badges “unlock” additional privileges (e.g., access to fitness classes), incentives (e.g., t-shirts, water bottles) and help them set new goals. The badge progression serves to empower kids to develop the knowledge and skills to take responsibility for their own personal fitness and celebrate their accomplishments.
Check out this awesome video produced by YMCA that highlights the application:
Where Can I See Y-MVP in Action?
Y-MVP is currently a pilot program at the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA, in Brooklyn, NY. This year the Y plans to expand the pilot to other branches in New York with the goal of having the Y-MVP program functioning citywide by 2014.
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