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Vote as you go: blending interfaces for community engagement into the urban space

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ACM Press, New York


This paper presents a series of studies on situated interfaces for community engagement. Firstly, we identify five recurring design challenges as well as four common strategies used to overcome them. We then assess the effectiveness of these strategies through field studies with public polling interfaces. We developed two very different polling interfaces in the form of (1) a web application running on an iPad mounted on a stand, allowing one vote at a time, and (2) a playful full-body interaction application for a large urban screen allowing concurrent participation. We deployed both interfaces in an urban precinct with high pedestrian traffic and equipped with a large urban screen. Analysing discoverability and learnability of each scenario, we derive insights regarding effective ways of blending community engagement interfaces into the built environment, while attracting the attention of passers-by and communicating the results of civic participation.


Hespanhol, Luke; Tomitsch, Martin; McArthur, Ian; Fredericks, Joel; Schroeter, Ronald; Foth, Marcus (2015): Vote as you go: blending interfaces for community engagement into the urban space. Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies. DOI: 10.1145/2768545.2768553. ACM Press, New York. ISBN: 978-1-4503-3460-0. pp. 29-37. Long Papers. Limerick, Ireland. June, 27-30, 2015