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Midtown Buzz: Bridging the Gap Between Concepts and Impact in a Civic Computing Initiative

  • Maribeth GandyEmail author
  • Laurie Dean Baird
  • Laura M. Levy
  • Amy J. Lambeth
  • Elizabeth Mynatt
  • Russ Clark
  • Matt Sanders
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9171)

Abstract

Midtown Buzz is a partnership between Georgia Tech and Midtown Alliance (MA), focusing on engaging urban communities through mobile innovation. Since 2013, we have been collaborating with the Midtown Atlanta community with the goal of transforming the area into an innovation district. This approach provided us with an opportunity to utilize Midtown as a living laboratory for civic computing research. During the two years of this project we have engaged in a participatory design process with diverse stakeholders to explore the needs of people in the Midtown area, and develop new technologies and approaches to address the identified needs. In this paper we discuss the lessons learned regarding the challenges of bridging the gap between concepts and deployable systems that can create positive transformation in a community.

Keywords

Civic computing Participatory design Mixed reality Mobile computing Hackathons 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to give enthusiastic thanks to Midtown Alliance and to Shannon Powell, specifically, for funding and participating in this collaboration. We would also like to acknowledge the contributions made by our “tastemakers”, student teams, startup partners, and event participants. Lastly, we would like to thank our numerous GT faculty collaborators who contributed their time, expertise, and innovative ideas to this project.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maribeth Gandy
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laurie Dean Baird
    • 1
  • Laura M. Levy
    • 1
  • Amy J. Lambeth
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Mynatt
    • 1
  • Russ Clark
    • 1
  • Matt Sanders
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of Technology, Institute for People and TechnologyAtlantaGeorgia

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