Connect is an experiment for connecting people on events.
The project consists of a temporary installation and mobile app.
In a very quick and casual way, it suggests matches based on funny similarities such as very unpopular Facebook liked hobbies/music/pages and more.
Networking is one of the main reasons for attending conferences and symposia. In order to meet new people in an unusual and informal kind of way, the Connect app has been developed. In a playful way proposals for spontaneous meetings have been made on a checkered box in the courtyard of the venue of this year’s re:publica 2014 – the biggest social media conference in Europe.
The concept consists of two areas: On the one hand the web app Connect which works on the iPhone as well as Android or Windows systems and on the other the sprayed grid in the courtyard of the “Station Berlin”, the venue of the re:publica.
The app connects curious visitors based on their social networking profiles and makes suggestions for a meeting. An algorithm generates those “matches” based on shared interests (“Likes”), but also less obvious similarities, including the same place of birth or month. Successful apps like the dating app Tinder show that meetings should not be complicated with too much information in advance, but should begin informal and humorous.
To identify a meeting place in the midst of many visitors without an “I’m wearing a blue shirt and standing at the bar!”, a micro coordinate system was sprayed on the ground. Where known orientation systems such as roads and house numbers are no suitable due to the scale, GPS information of phones are not accurate enough and technologies such as iBeacons could not be implemented, the simplest and most efficient solution has been chosen. The app just recommends to: “Meet Maria on Field B3″.
In collaboration with Roland Heuger and Michał Łyczek.