Despite the need for accurate financial models in decision-making, macroeconomic models often assume rational actors and perfect markets, making them outdated and unreliable. Additionally, human behavior is difficult to model using static formulas, which limits their accessibility to those without financial modeling expertise.
However, SYMPHONY Economic DJ is a gamified simulation and data exploration platform that overcomes these challenges. It uses a sophisticated AI-based simulation to model economic interactions across Europe, including the European Central Bank and Bank of England. With real-time data and billions of interacting data points, the platform allows users to experiment with a range of monetary policy ideas in macroeconomics through an engaging game-like interface.
My Roles :
As the product leader, I oversaw the development of a gamified end-user experience for 3 years, managing multiple teams of developers from initial concept to final delivery. I handled prototyping, piloting, and full development, navigating complex stakeholder relationships with multiple organizations and end-user clients.
Finance/Central Bank Player Interface (Final Product)
Business/Firm Player Interface
Household Player Interface
Interesting Features :
MMORPG – Hundreds of players took part and played their roles in the virtual macro-economy. Each player role required the user to work towards achieving a set of goals; for Household players goals may consist of maximising their financial gain through investing in stocks and bonds in the markets, Firms to produce successful products, Banks to make a profit on financing Firms and Households, Central Banks to keep the economy stable through raising/lowering interest rates and Government to ensure the correct policies are enacted in order to benefit the growth of the economy as whole.
Auditory Feedback – You don’t just look at graphs, but you hear them! You can listen to the stock market and your performance, if things are going well, all is in harmony, if things start to go wrong, everything starts to sound out of tune!