Don Sticksel, Copywriter

Google Ideas explores the role that technology can play in tackling the toughest human challenges.

Their global summit: INFO: Illicit Networks–Forces in Opposition brought leaders together with the intent of using technology to expose, map and disrupt drug smugglers, arms dealers and human traffickers.

We created interactive exhibits at the conference to show attendees how lives around the world are impacted by illicit networks. These included:

  • An Illicit Encounters touchscreen booth allowing users to roleplay;

  • The World of the Illicit showed where high concentrations of activity occurs by using Google Earth;

  • The Illicit Goods Vending Machine sold real (but often imitated) items using Google Wallet and donated money to charity;

  • A North Korean Care Package was "unboxed" using a touchscreen (see below);

  • Journey of an AK-47 showed attendees how the gun ended up in the hands of a warlord, was reclaimed and ultimately turned into jewelry (see below).

Activations can be seen in this video:

North Korean care package detail (each slide represents a different item):

Journey of an AK-47 detail: