I’ve just returned from an incredible week at the TEDActive Conference in Palm Springs, CA… an idea-packed week that I spent learning, listening, exploring, and of course – playing! This year’s talks were as mind blowing as ever, and I’ll look forward to sharing my favorites as they are posted. In the meantime, I’m super excited to share the fun way one of our games joined in on the fun and provided a brain workout to some of tomorrow’s greatest thinkers!
You may remember photos from last years TEDActive where I hosted a late-night game party for attendees. This year we upped our game (sorry, couldn’t resist!) and brought the fun to Palm Springs in a big new way!
The incredible company Event Artistry took ThinkFun’s transparent card game Swish and supersized it, creating a 9 foot tall wall with humongous cards each 2 feet tall! Unlike the regular game which is played with a 4×4 array, this board was designed for a special type of new Swish challenge involving only 12 cards.
We wanted to challenge players not only to find Swishes of 2-5 cards, but also to find multiple Swishes in order to completely clear the board! In case you’ve never played before, here’s a quick intro to the game play with an example of a 3-card Swish:
To create this new challenge, we went straight to the game’s inventors, a brilliant pair of teachers in Israel (read more about Zvi and Gali here!). They developed a program to generate a selection of 12 cards that contain a specified number of 2, 3, 4, and 5 card Swishes! Once the cards are laid out, players are challenged to “Swish” all the cards until none remain. This new Swish Generator program is incredibly cool – and opens up a whole new world of possible ways to play this game as a solo challenge. I played so much Swish leading up to the conference I may need to add it to my resume! Click here for more photos of the giant game!
The Giant Swish was installed in a poolside cabana – and attendees stopped in to play and stretch their brains in between the incredible talks all week!
Think you’re up for the challenge? Here’s one for YOU to try! The 12 cards below are numbered in the corners.
In case it’s difficult to read, the numbers are:
9 13 18 11
22 21 23 14
5 17 4 1
Can you figure out how to group all 12 cards into Swishes of either 2, 3, 4, or 5 cards in such a way that none are left over? Please share your number groups in the comments please and I’ll reveal the solution shortly!