Preserving our shared human history
What we did
Dr. Sarah Parcak—the 2016 TED Prize winner—asked us to help realize her wish for humankind: locate and protect the millions of undiscovered archaeological sites buried all over the world.
We partnered with her company, GlobalXplorer°, to create an online science platform that enables anyone with an internet connection to contribute to her cause.
GlobalXplorer° relies on volunteers to spot clues in satellite imagery that signal man-made objects hidden below the surface. We designed an ultra-focused experience that makes it easy for these budding "space archaeologists" to report their findings.
To get eyes on as many satellite images as possible, we built a system of ranks and rewards tied to the performance of the individual and the community.
The GlobalXplorer° website is packed with articles on archaeology provided by National Geographic. They encourage an appreciation of the very history the platform was built to preserve.
Mondo Robot was the perfect collaborator. They encouraged us to think big and then showed us how to achieve our desired outcome in a practical way on budget. They were fun, professional and super responsive. 15/10. Would recommend to everyone.