Collective, on-the-field discovery around city spots intensive in data or information, analyzing its openness and sharing the process online
- Contact: Enric Senabre [esenabre at gmail dot com]
- Team: Enric, Chris, Marc
- Hosts: http://www.urbanlabs.net/ and http://newyouthcity.com/
- Proposed 'space' or theme: Local learning incubator
- Status: Proposed
The walkshop consists in a shared active exploration around streets and squares near the festival venue (looking for signs, hardware, graffitis, marks, images, special spots in general) in order to prepare a digital "gymkhana" as a learning activity for youth/tourists/geeks. Afterwards there would be a short session for geolocating online and printing what has been found.
What we want to do is a kind of meta-activity oriented to apply a method to different learning subjects (history, society, culture, architecture, art, etc) while the learners walk around a urban context. For this purpose we will establish a random circuit with marks (QR codes) that once processed show images/videos/texts that may take to a next spot. These inputs (images, text, sounds, videos) could be sent by mobile devices and published on the go on a blog (and could be afterwards geolocated, as well as generating a QR code).
What do you want to achieve? (goal)
- A path and/or set of spots rich in metainformation that could be applied to learning contexts, ideally oriented to kids or teenagers.
- A prototype of activity that can be tested afterwards.
- An open map about some of Raval informational or emotional activity observable from the street.
- Online comments and discussions about significant spots from the participants point of view.
- Another way for discovering Barcelona's activity and the role of information displays.
Who should come? How many? For how long? (audience)
- Anyone interested in how cities are evolving into informational environments.
- Tech people experienced in SMS, QR and smartphones, as well as publishing online.
- Educators who want to work on an open and active dynamic for shared discovering.
- Geeks who visit Barcelona for the first time :)
The walkshop could last around 3 hours more or less, and can be done by a maximum of 10-15 participants.
What will they do when they get there? (activities)
- Presentation, introductions, identification of common objectives (in the FAD venue)
- Walkshop, taking pictures and comments, online publishing (outside)
- QR generation, geolocation and discussion (back in the tent)
- (Afterwards) Don't forget to stick the QR codes on the way back :)
What will you / they have at the end? (outputs)
- A tested or improved circuit for receiving clues and instructions via mobile and sending data to be published on the open web.
- Quick posting of pictures and comments through mobile devices to a dedicated microblog website (example)
- Geolocation of what has been found (example).
Additional background and context
The activity is based in a recent walkshop lead by Adam Greenfield and Nurri Kim in collaboration with Urbanlabs, which covered a nearby area and had successfully results and feedback from participants.