Mars Colony Game

Τhe Mars Space Colony: A Game of Standardization is developed by IEEE Standards University, a joint program of the IEEE Standards Association and IEEE Educational Activities. This is the first standards development simulation game crafted by experts with 20 + years’ experience in high-stakes, real-world technical standards development.


In the game’s simulation, aerospace companies and space agencies from around the world will be sending 100 of their employees to colonize Mars in 2022. Groups of 10 to 12 participants are tasked with making four main technical standards decisions.


Players participate as members of standards working groups, incorporating roles that reflect the economic, political and technical realities of standards development. (A technical background is NOT required for participation.). Along the way, the players will encounter not only technical challenges but also economic and political realities. They’ll also learn how different stakeholders can influence their choices.


ZOOM was the platform to participate in the Mars Game event, which was organized on 11 January 2022.


PROGRAM (times in CET)

11:00 Welcome and intros

11:15 Intro to standards (David Law)

11:45 Case study

12:15 Intro to group exercise

12:30 Group exercise begins

13:00 Break for lunch

14:00 Group exercise resumes

15:30 Report back and feedback

16:00 Close