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#18DaysInEgypt — A Crowd Sourced Documentary


18DaysInEgypt is a revolutionary platform that captures moments in time and weaves them into a fabric of stories.

I often have to remind myself how mind blowing it is to have Gigabites of information available to me at the click of a button, or the touch of a screen. I can look up the weather in Papa New Guinea. I can navigate the town that my Mom grew up in. I can order a custom made umbrella from a factory in China. But how do we make sense of this information and build meaning upon it? Your favorite 140 characters are only compelling because of a deeper, human context.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Jigar Mehta, a UC Berkeley J-School grad and one of the master minds behind #18DaysInEgypt.  Over a year ago, Mehta and his team immersed themselves in the events that took place during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. They decided they were going to make a documentary film. Of course, they had no idea they were actually embarking on building one of the world’s first crowd sourced documentary platforms.

On the February 10, 2011, the 17th day of the revolution, there were rumors suggesting that Mubarak would step down. Tahir Square was filled with hope, optimism, and hundreds of thousands of mobile phones.  Armed with their hand held devices, the Egyptian people were eager to witness and capture this historical moment.

Although Mubarak didn’t resign that day, Jigar Mehta saw the potential to tell a story like its never been told before.

Originally, we were gonna make a more traditional, linear documentary film,” says Jigar, “but we started to ask questions like, how would we let people know we wanted to make a film? How are we gonna cut the trailer? And more importantly, how do we get people to contribute?”

These questions inspired creativity in the team. They would have to discover a way to tell a collective story by coalescing multiple perspectives into compelling narratives.

The technology was certainly in their favor. Jigar explains,

The mobile phone is a way to capture the most personalized experiences.  It’s dynamic and changes based on where you are. Documentary film makers should look at this trend as an opportunity”

18daysinegypt.com launched only a few weeks ago. Unlike the arab spring, this project has been premeditated and offers a reflective lens on the ground breaking events that happens in Egypt. It’s an online platform that allows users to build narratives from the tweets, photos and videos that were tagged #18daysinegypt. Although most of the ‘streams’ were captured during the 18 days, more and more content is coming from rebuilding projects of today.  This innovative platform is not just a tool for telling stories that happened in January 2011.  It’s a tool for telling stories of hopes and dreams for the future of Egypt.

*Images borrowed from Politico.comCodenametech

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Tina Santiago is a researcher, interactive producer and UX Designer.  In the last 9 years, she’s worked in Toronto, Geneva, and London in interactive media, design and sustainable business.  She hold a BSc in Cognitive Psychology from McMaster University and an MBA from the University of Geneva.  She is currently living and working in San Francisco, California.  www.tinasantiago.com


tweet2hold Goes to Social Media Week Toronto!

The CFC Media Lab is proud to announce that the Brototypes will be presenting tweet2hold at Social Media Week Toronto.  Social Media Week is a global affair, taking place in multiple cities around the world simultaneously. Toronto participated for the first time in 2010, with a multi-day conference organized and produced by Entrinsic.

For Social Media Week Toronto, CFC Media Lab alumni The Brototypes will be turning social media chatter into a living, breathing, artistic creation. From February 13-17, tweet2hold.com will find, analyze, and print every tweet that uses the hashtag #smwTO in order to great an ever-evolving Twitter Tree filled with unique paper birds. The public is invited to participate in this installation by visiting the SMWTO headquarters at Entrinsic.

Details:

Who: Brototypes (Ryan Bigge, Edwin Lara, Dylan Reibling, Ron Wild)
Category: Media & Entertainment
Where: Entrinsic 284 College Street, Toronto, ON.
When: February 13-17, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
More Information: http://socialmediaweek.org/event/?event_id=1066

This is the second public outing for tweet2hold, after its spectacular debut in October of last year at Nuit Blanche 2011. Tweet2hold is a project created by the Toronto media collective Brototypes, with the assistance and support of the CFC Media Lab.

See You There: Design Our Tomorrow, Screens, MeshMarketing!

We have a busy weekend and week ahead of us…we will be attending Design our Tomorrow, Screens and MeshMarketing.  Learn more about the events and our involvement below!  As always follow us on Twitter and Google+ to hear about how it’s all going!

 

The Design Our Tomorrow (DOT) Conference brings together the world’s greatest visionaries to inspire young people to create, innovate, and better the world. The topics covered include: technology, science, design, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and the arts.  We will be showing two incredible IAEP prototypes at this event: Neighbourhoodie and The Quetzal!

The Quetzal (Creative Team: Michael Evask, Ryan Rizzo, and Mark Thoburn)

The Quetzal is an interactive narrative (story-game) interfaced via EEG biofeedback. Harnessing the latest in consumer-level EEG technology, The Quetzal weaves 2D illustrations and 3D game play into a rich narrative tapestry. Through the power of thought, audience members become actors in The Quetzal.

If you would like to be scheduled to be part of The Quetzal experience during Design Our Tomorrow please email myself (amallozzi@cfccreates.com) and I will let you know what time-slots are available.

Neighbourhoodie (Creative Team: Rose Bianchini, David McCallum, and Kathleen Climie)

Neighbourhoodie is an Interactive Hoodie and Game Platform for the iPod Touch and iPhone. This comfy, hooded garmet is fully outfitted with speakers in the hood, LED lights and other electronics, so that once plugged into an iPod Touch or iPhone, the world is turned into a video game through the use of light, sound and sensors. Neighbourhoodie combines the energy of street games with the thrill of interactive game play. Play games you know, enhanced with lights and sounds or create new games. Explore the gesture of pulling the hood up, not to withdraw from the world, but to enter into a world of collaborative experience. Be your own video game!

Details…

When: Saturday November 12, 2011. 10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Where: Bahen Centre (40 St. George St.) and Convocation Hall (31 King’s College Circle)
Register now: http://designourtomorrow.com/

 

SCREENS is a conference that is dedicated to mobile, tablet and set top box development. SCREENS is jam packed with information and a massive networking opportunity, SCREENS consists of presentations, demonstrations and panel discussions. It is one of the only events in the world designed for developers of all platforms of screen content.

Check out the schedule online!

 

meshmarketing is a one-day event focused on providing attendees with insight, perspective and information to more effectively embrace and capitalize on the fast-growing digital market. A morning of thought-provoking keynote conversations will be followed by an afternoon of interactive and engaging panels and workshops.

I will be attending MeshMarketing and live-tweeting from @cfcmedialab (follow us!) as well as writing an article for <STABLETALK>!  Stay tuned!

tweet2hold Goes to Social Media Week Toronto!

The CFC Media Lab is proud to announce that the Brototypes will be presenting tweet2hold at Social Media Week Toronto.  Social Media Week is a global affair, taking place in multiple cities around the world simultaneously. Toronto participated for the first time in 2010, with a multi-day conference organized and produced by Entrinsic. For Social Media […]

See You There: Design Our Tomorrow, Screens, MeshMarketing!

We have a busy weekend and week ahead of us…we will be attending Design our Tomorrow, Screens and MeshMarketing.  Learn more about the events and our involvement below!  As always follow us on Twitter and Google+ to hear about how it’s all going!   The Design Our Tomorrow (DOT) Conference brings together the world’s greatest […]

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