Ready for Derive Day

September 9 is Derive Day. Join people from all over the world and discover your city in a more random way, like a game. Whether you’re in New York or New South Wales, Santiago or Shanghai, everyone gets the same tasks at the same time, with each task nudging you into a different kind of discovery. Download Dérive app (iOS, Android) and get a little bit lost in your city.

What is happening on Derive Day?

On Dérive Day 2017, we expand Dérive app (iOS, Android) with ‘hosted dérives’. A number of times during the day, you can join a hosted dérive, where all participants are presented the exact same task cards at exactly the same time, wherever they are in the world. The resulting experiences, wherever you will be in the world, will be testimony to your own unique views and your own unique location.

Read more on Derive Day 2017.

What is a ‘task card’?

A task card can be almost anything that nudges you into looking at your surrounding differently. Some examples are “Take the first right”, “Look for someone wearing a hat” and “Search for public transport. Follow it if you can.”

In a hosted dérive, every few minutes, a new task card is available. When you’re ready, you move on to the next one.

Can I do it alone?

Yes. You can participate in a hosted dérive wherever you are in the world, alone and in a group. When you’re in a group, everyone who has downloaded Dérive app and has signed in to the same hosted dérive, will get presented the same task cards at the same time.

Where can I find other participants?

Don’t hesitate to set up your own meet up.

Also, you can participate in the Fourth World Congress of Psychogeography (4WCOP) in Huddersfield, in the UK. 4WCOP runs from 8 to 10 September and purposefully coincides with Dérive Day, with 4WCOP taking out time for hosted dérives throughout the day on September 9.

You can also join Astrid Kaemmerling who kicks off her series of walkshops in San Francisco on September 9, using Dérive app.

How do I participate?

Download Dérive app (iOS, Android), if you haven’t already, and sign in. On the home screen, you will see a list of all upcoming hosted dérives. Follow the dérives to the appropriate group, join the group, and press the Participate button for the dérives you want to join. Then come back to Dérive app in time for the start of your hosted dérive. 

Over the next few days, more hosted dérives will be added to the list, so stay tuned.

So when do I start?

The listed time is the time in your timezone.

On Derive Day, we’re having multiple hosted dérives. They are listed on Dérive app’s home screen. Each is tied to a group and you have to join the associated group to participate in a hosted dérive. The listed start time of each hosted dérive is the start time in your timezone (that is, your time). So, make sure you’re ready to roll at that time, or the hosted dérive will start without you (though you can join at any time during the hosted dérive).

Can I add my own task cards?

Yes. Everyone can contribute. Specifically for 4WCOP, you can contribute to a collaborative deck of task cards for Huddersfield. But, you can start your own group, invite your friends, and create your own series of cards right now.

Read more on creating your own deck.

What am I waiting for?

Indeed! Get going!

Babak Fakhamzadeh

Babak has been fighting the corporate map for decades.

In 2021, he became the first person to win the World Summit Awards for the third time.


What is Dérive app

Dérive app gets you lost in your city and lets you share that experience with others. Build your own task cards and invite others to play with you.

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Angela Reinders is based in Aachen, in Germany, and recently used Dérive app as part of a liturgical service. She’s providing a writeup of her experience. Getting hints and tasks to stop and move without even moving, does this make any sense? Sounds like kind of a play, and yes, it is one: Following famous