It came, it happened and it was awesome!
Design Expo 2013 is what we were there for and over a course of two days, it was one of the most incredible things to be part of. On day 1 we attended the keynote speech by Bill Gates and then got the chance to see things around Microsoft and meet some really interesting people. It was mad fun!
After we setup our booth for the DemoFest to be held the next day, we got to see the Envisioning Center (ok, can’t say more, we signed an NDA). Lets just say it left us speechless. 😀 Amidst all of this, we got to meet so many new people, know the work they did and even shared our own projects.
Day 2 was D Day. DemoFest and the Design Expo (Presentation) at the Kodiak. At the DemoFest, we met people and faculty from all over the world and shared what PLUS was all about. Since we had our scenario videos and a working prototype of the idea, it became a lot easier for people to grasp the concept. People gave interesting feedback, asked questions and encouraged us too. It was an enriching experience to be able share PoliCiti and what it would do for a community at large.
After the DemoFest, the presentations at Kodiak began. It was the Grand Finale for all of us. Everyone showed and shared their projects and did a brilliant job of it. The projects helped us gain insight into the issues that students from across the globe addressed, approaches that the teams had taken and how their concepts functioned, with respect to crowd sourcing, data sharing and community building.
Akshan and I presented PLUS to a huge audience at the Kodiak. The presentation started with a minor technical glitch (as always) but picked up as we moved on. The scenario video got an ovation from the audience and by the end, we’d done pretty well. The jury appreciated the effort and the project at large. A question we were asked was that how could we counter abuse of the app, by someone for e.g. who has a grudge against the Police. Bill Buxton mentioned in his feedback that it was good that we looked at the both the sides of the system (citizens and the police) and worked on the relationship between them.
And that was how it ended. On this brilliant note that people understood the concept and the idea and would love to see it in action. We also received interesting comments like ‘Wouldn’t this encourage one area to become more prevalent of crimes and be less favoured by people to live in.’ Something we definitely hadn’t thought of. Many students and attendees at the Faculty Summit told us how applicable PoliCiti was to their own countries and areas where they lived. That was very encouraging. We couldn’t have asked for a better way of showcasing the Project at Redmond.
More than anything else, it was good to see that PoliCiti was a favourable concept and that it was something that everyone believed, is required.
(The link of the presentation recording shall be put up soon here)