INTERACTIVE platform TO EXPAND CITIZEN Involvement
I chose to take on the challenge of low millennial voter turnout, by focusing on new ways of presenting current events. Because people are more concerned with issues that affect them locally, Scoop is an app that provides location-based news. Users receive notifications when events in their surrounding area relate to national affairs. Scoop offers an immediate selection of resources such as experts, conversation feeds, and traditional media outlets.
After deciding to address low voter turnout among millennials, I called the local election board in Pittsburgh to better understand the voting process. I then visually represented it through a map.
After interviews and stimulus-based research, I designed a card game, paper prompts, collage pieces, and a survey to be left on dining tables. The results produced two conclusions. First, the "college bubble," inhibited students' relationship to politics. My second conclusion was that simple conversation provides an effective way to introduce and connect millennials to current events.
Stimulus Based Research
Low Tech Alternative
My low tech solution is a coffee shop tabletop with conversation cards corresponding to newspaper sections. the table encourages people to respond to current events, prompting conversation. Essentially, the table becomes an analog feed with multiple viewpoints, based on today's newspaper.
High Tech Alternative
My high tech solution is an augmented reality system allowing users to connect national media with their specific location. With viewing devices, users can interact with virtual news blurbs and with a virtual friend to engage, through conversation.