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Students Sell Virtual Territory to Pay for College: Advertising Space Offered Across Giant Digital Representation of United States, Western Hemisphere

Syracuse, NY, December 01, 2006 --( Two local college students, in collaboration over the Internet, have crafted a site connecting the Internet to the geography of the real world.  Kyle Bell, 22, and Nathaniel Hurwitz, 21, both of Syracuse, NY, have created a digital version of the Western Hemisphere that they plan to sell off, state by state, province by province, and country by country, to all interested parties.

The map, located at, was created to highlight the interconnected nature of the Internet, and to link it to a sense of ownership in the real world.

Internet users may make an offer for any territory on the map, their hometown included, with no limit on the number of states purchased.  Graphics are added, as are cities, which are awarded based on size and price of the territory.  Finally, each city or piece of territory is then linked to an associated webpage.  The site will stand as a self-sustaining spectacle, bringing in new visitors as it continues to grow, generating hits and revenue. 

The two friends consider funding for further university study as the main goal of the project.  Kyle, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, plans to pursue a master’s degree in International Relations or Public Administration, while Nathaniel, a senior at Canisius College in Buffalo, would like to continue with study of Audio Engineering or Communications.

In order to spread goodwill and help a worthy cause, the two have agreed to donate 10% of the proceeds to an international organization in the Hemisphere, to be determined by vote.  Members’ votes will be weighted based on the price paid for their territory and tallied to produce a grand total.

Upon completion of the sale, expected to end when the map is completely full, the two friends plan to spend at least $1000 “exorbitantly, yet creatively” on a trip to see the world.

The two have cultivated their interest in media and production since joining together to plan a number of short films and productions in high school.  Quality Control, their erstwhile multimedia production company, has been put on hold until graduation in May 2007.


If you would like more information, or to schedule an interview with Kyle Bell or Nate Hurwitz, call (315) 447-9722 or send them an email at  Sales inquiries may be directed to or the above address.
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