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Discussions in space on Brisbane's future

24 March 2010

Now there's an opportunity to "share your bright ideas" for Brisbane's future using technology developed by a QUT researcher.

The River City Blueprint stands at Z Block foyer, Gardens Point, and the Kelvin Grove refectory feature the Discussions in Space interactive displays, which you can update by SMS and Twitter, developed by creative industries PhD student Ronald Schroeter.

Ronny is undertaking his PhD with a focus on investigating how ICTs can augment urban spaces. In particular, he's interested in the potential interplay of urban screens, mobile phones and how the web facilitates social networking and civic engagement.

Ronny says, "It's been really interesting to watch the various ways that people are interacting with the screens. We're getting many valuable comments, and some that are way off target too.

"Some people like to respond to others' comments, some people are providing direct ideas in response to the question we've posed, and then there are the ones who just want to have some fun with the interaction opportunities it provides.

"It's a simple process to interact, you just need to text your message to the mobile number on the screen or tweet with the advertised hashtag. Providing your response is not offensive it will display up on the screen within a few seconds".

Brisbane City Council is planning major new initiatives for the inner city and is developing the River City Blueprint to guide growth over the next 20 years. The questions were selected to specifically inform the Blueprint. This week's questions at Gardens Point is, "Is Brisbane cool/uncool?" and what makes it cool/uncool?

This is an opportunity to share your views and have fun testing out the handiwork of our researcher! The stands will be on campus until 2nd of April. Be sure to try them out and have your say.

Ronny Schroeter recently won a highly competitive place in the 2010 Summer Doctoral Programme of the prestigious Oxford Internet Institute. He will spend two weeks at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom in July.

Discussions in Space is supported by a Linkage grant funded by the Australian Research Council, Brisbane City Council, the Queensland Government, Optus and 4UTV. The project is part of a larger program of research that is trying to build an international node of excellence in urban informatics led by Associate Professor Marcus Foth. For more information please visit: http://www.urbaninformatics.net/

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