The Attendee Meta-Data Project

Presented at The Last HOPE (2008), July 18, 2008, 2 p.m. (60 minutes)

The Attendee Meta-Data (AMD) project is a large scale study of the movement, demographics, participation levels, and interests of HOPE conference attendees over the three day conference period. At registration, preregistered attendees and others on a first-come first-serve basis will receive a numbered badge with an active RFID chip and a unique PIN. They will take the badge number and PIN to a terminal, or to the internal website via their own laptop, choose a username, log in, and fill out a web survey querying biographical and interest-based data. As attendees move around the entire conference area, their presence will be tracked and their movement information will be compiled in a database alongside their contextual data. All this information will be funneled into a real-time data visualization. During the conference, attendees will be able to query the database and generate their own visualizations and data comparisons, play games based on timing and location, and find others with similar interests during game sessions. In this talk, the AMD project development team will discuss the concepts involved and answer questions about the system.On the last day of the conference during our closing ceremonies, the team will address the project's original goals, the results obtained during the conference, and what was learned throughout the whole process.


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