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Connected Citizens Design Lab – We Need You!

Telstra News

Posted on August 15, 2011

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In the spirit of collaboration and creativity, we are teaming up with UTS (University of Technology Sydney) to explore how ‘Connected Citizens’ use smart phones to inhabit, enjoy and navigate their urban environments.

mobile-phone-blog-contentWe’re looking for 20 of Sydney’s Connected Citizens to participate in human-centred design and user based research with third year UTS design students (see application below).

We are defining Connected Citizens as people that integrate their smartphones into numerous aspects of their daily activities, from leisure and socialising, to business and personal administration.

This research is important. The 20 students in the Designing Sydney lab will use the data to develop a proposal for a smartphone app that enables users to better inhabit, enjoy and navigate their urban environments.

Each Connected Citizen will be provided with a Cultural Tracking Pack that has been individually designed by the UTS design students. Connected Citizens will be asked to use the Cultural Tracking Pack to document how they used their smartphone within an urban landscape (Sydney only) from 23rd August to 4th September 2011. We roughly estimate this should take approximately 10-30 minutes a day, depending on how much you decide to engage with the material in the pack.

Students will be posting their final proposals on Telstra Exchange and other relevant Telstra social media sites for feedback during the week of 18th October. During this time, students will also be consulting directly with the Connected Citizens participating in the design lab.

The Connected Citizens will be invited to attend the end of semester exhibition (10th-14th November) at Frasers Studio that will display all the final proposals. It will be a great opportunity for Sydney’s Connected Citizens to meet others with a shared interest in social and mobile technologies.

Since Designing Sydney is the overarching theme of the lab, we require all participants to be based in Sydney. As well, Connected Citizens should participate in social networks and use their smartphone and apps on a daily basis. Participants must be 18 years and older.

If you are interested in participating, please submit your details below. Please note, that all the information collected will be deleted one week after confirming the Connected Citizens.

Please ask any questions and/or share any ideas as a comment to this post.

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