Globe and Crown

what IF

Columbia Int Fic is a team of 13 students - writers, programmers, and artists - from 9 countries. We first came together in the summer of 2020, in Columbia University’s Global Columbia Collaboratory program. Discussing and ideating projects with an international cohort, we understand how the pandemic, despite being a globally shared experience, has affected different parts of the world in a multitude of ways. As a result, we have decided to capture and share these global perspectives through interactive fiction.

We aim to utilize interactive storytelling techniques to tell stories of life around the globe during the Covid-19 pandemic. Through our what IF series, we hope to contribute stories that are representative of our respective global communities’ struggles, and encourage empathy across disparate cultures. We seek to empower our audiences with choice-driven narratives to immerse them in our fact-based stories and leave them with a memorable experience. All our stories are based on meticulous research, drawing from stories of real-life people and events in the pandemic. We hope to use the attention our project potentially receives to support local non-profits. We also hope to add more stories to the what IF collection over the next few months - get in touch with us to submit a story idea!

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Team Members

Benjamine Mo, CC'23

Celia Lê, CC ’22

Ana Valeria Vázquez Navas, GS '23

Arina Karkhanis, CC'21

Elisabeth McLaughlin, CC ‘22

Giordana Serretta Fiorentino, CC ‘23

Jane Loughman, GS ‘22

Katherine Bibilouri GS ‘22

Lauren Alcindor, CC ‘21

Payton Geller, CC ‘22

Rishi Chhapolia, CC ‘22

Victoria Geh, SEAS ‘24

Sally Jee, CC ‘21