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Announcement of a master/project thesis: Active City Innovation: Dance Organisation Participation

Subject/question: Design and development of an app/platform for the organization of joint public dances

Keywords:

Public spaces, dance, sound installation, physical activity, socio-informatics, organization platform, communication

Background:

The SINN-i sub-project Active City Innovation researches how urban spaces can become attractive places for movement. The reduction of inner-city green spaces and open spaces is one of many barriers that prevent people from moving around more. The development, implementation and evaluation of 12 experimentation scenarios for the promotion of physical activity will result in a handbook that will make it possible to implement the developed scenarios in other cities. The different topics will be carried out by partners from Germany, Great Britain, Spain, Japan and South Africa. The University of Siegen researches the scenario of Public Dancing. There are different reasons why people like to dance (as a hobby, for movement or discipline). Regardless of the motivation, it also depends on the opportunities that are available for the people to dance together. Whether the opportunities to dance are appealing can depend on possible costs, the suitability of the venue, the music or the time. Self-organized dances can offer a promising alternative. This work will explore the question of how digital solutions need to be designed and developed to support citizens of all age groups in organizing and participating in joint dances in public spaces?

Questions to answer in the master/project thesis:

  • What are the requirements for the city/the stakeholders?
  • How can data be collected during implementation?
  • How can people who are inexperienced in the use of technology or people without modern technology be involved in the development process?
  • What is the concrete implementation of the new system?

Requirements:

  • Ability to work independently, commitment and enjoyment working in a team
  • Communicative and willing to work with users
  • Interest in participatory approaches (Participatory Design, Community Based Participatory Research)
  • Previous experience in qualitative and empirical work
  • Independent development of a prototype

For more information:

David Struzek (david.struzek@uni-siegen.de)

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Claudia Müller (Claudia.Mueller@uni-siegen.de)

Participants:

Students of the HCI, WI or related courses.

As a project thesis also possible with multiple participants.

Start:As of now.

Further information about Active City Innovation: