Loud and Clear!
Internally Focused Digital Signage
Jeremie King & Zach Phillips
Western Carolina University
Inception – The need for communication
• A team retreat brought about the idea – We need new ways to
• The need as requested:
Global Availability (at least to our immediate team)
Turning the idea into a functional
• The idea couldn’t really be considered new if it mirrored
existing communication platforms
• The product had to stand apart from:
• Something we could display on a large screen within our office
space – 32” displays and up
• Something quick and informal – Short messages in the vein
• Global access – Something web based to allow for easy
transmission – Low technical requirements on the client
• Something hosted on the campus network to avoid the
possibility of public access to our messages
Finding The Solution
Surely we can find something that’s
Open source options
• Lots of half baked options
• We found that StatusNet met our needs fairly closely
But didn’t work out in the end….
If you want something done right…
• After a week of complaining about the open source software
market, we broke down and decided to build our own tool.
• The goals were the same as before, but with a focus on:
Readability from a distance
A focus on the final product being displayed on a large screen
Making it as easy as possible for people to post to the boards
A work in progress
• This Blabber 1.0
• For our team it meets the needs that were set in our initial
• Blabber has been running in our organization at this capacity for
about 3 months
• Students really like the system
• Being public has a way of dragging people into the conversation
• Just like traditional digital signage, content is still king.
However, content has different goals.
Informative – Redistribution of traditional communication
Fun – Team members exchanging thoughts and ideas
Open ended questions – Broadcast messaging with no obligation to follow up
• The time to realize the initial goal was shorter than expected
• The system was expanded with several unplanned features that
make it work better in our environment
• New opportunities present themselves as good uses for the
• Release the project as open source on Github
• Syndication of existing content
• Mobile App
• Introduce new technologies to improve graphics/ reduce
• Whatever great ideas present themselves
To us, Blabber has emerged as a form of
Jeremie King – firstname.lastname@example.org
Zach Phillips – email@example.com
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