(thesis advisor)Loretta Wolozin
‘K-Hive’ is a collaboration service designed for conference participants. The service is comprised of a web-based interface and device that can be hung around the user’s neck. During the online conference registration process, the user provides profile details, registers for events and lists areas of interest. This information is uploaded to the ‘K-Hive’ database. When the participants arrive at the conference venue, they are provided with a device that is preloaded with their information. The participants can then activate and wear their device around the neck while attending the conference. The device displays a tag based interface based on the user specified events, objectives, and interests. Through selecting appropriate tags, the users can view a list of associated individuals that are in the proximity. Users can read a brief description associated with each individual and decide if they want to connect. In order to connect, they can send a digital invite through the interface. Once the invite has been accepted, the device exchanges profile images that enable facial recognition. Users can now find each other in the crowd, engage in conversation, and swap contact details to continue their connection in the future. After the conference, collected contacts are assimilated and are presented to the user through a web-based interface.
The thesis process within this document investigates relevant precedents and projects that help lay the foundation for ‘K-Hive’. It also details the methodology followed to develop a series of experiments that helped investigate various different directions of enabling social serendipity and knowledge sharing. The process ends with a summary of design guidelines and considerations that would help inform future developments of the project.
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