New storytelling formats for media consumption in a smart city
What if a city itself could tell stories? With the Essence project, we are looking to integrate stories both on your smartphone as well as in the physical environment of a city, using interactive public displays, Augmented Reality, AI driven wearables or smart lighting. To make this happen, VRT builds a toolkit that enables the editorial team to easily share stories in a smart city, stretched over time and location. The ultimate goal of the project is to involve citizens in civic challenges and by extent, those of society at large.
The smart city playground for the experiments is situated in the “smart zone” of Sint-Andries in Antwerp.
Curious to hear how citizens can bring the stories of a city to life? With a wide range of data and information sources available, cities offer various storytelling opportunities. In the ESSENCE project, we investigated how we can turn the available data and information into stories that can engage citizens to further co-create and consume these.
During this closing event, the ESSENCE consortium will first demonstrate how they collected civic and local information to create stories. Then, they will present different public media for story consumption and interaction.
ESSENCE is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
13:30 KEYNOTE Setting the scene - Jan Adriaenssens (CoT)
13:50 The ESSENCE approach - Sandy Claes (VRT)
14:00 A new urban storytelling language - Chaja Libot (VRT), Steven Cauwenberg (VRT) Tom Bergmans (CoT)
14:30 How to measure citizen engagement? - Ruben D’Hauwers (SMIT VUB)
14:45 Stories found in the city
The Story maker: Processing citizen-generated videos - Klaas Baert (VRT)
RML Streamer: Connecting smart city data - Anastasia Dimou (IDLAB uGent)
Orchestration tool: Context-based urban storytelling - Steven De Block (Digitopia)
15:20 - BREAK
15:30 Stories discovered in the city
Interactive displays in the city - Steven De Block (Digitopia)
Orchestrating public displays in-the-wild - Andrew Vande Moere (RxD)
Multi-user augmented reality experiences in the city - Christoph Stevens (Nokia)
Hyperlocal conversation agent - Marc Van Den Broeck (Nokia), Utku Gunay Acer (Nokia), Max Luykx (Sentiance)
16:20 - Q&A
16:30 - Closing