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  • Loud and Clear! Internally Focused Digital Signage Jeremie King & Zach Phillips Western Carolina University photo credit: Stefan (Flickr)
  • Inception – The need for communication • A team retreat brought about the idea – We need new ways to communicate • The need as requested:    Publicly Visible Global Availability (at least to our immediate team) Low Complexity
  • Turning the idea into a functional product • The idea couldn’t really be considered new if it mirrored existing communication platforms • The product had to stand apart from:    Email Instant Messaging Phone
  • Initial Thoughts • 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 twitter • 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 FREE
  • Open source options • Lots of half baked options • We found that StatusNet met our needs fairly closely (http://status.net/) 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 planning • Blabber has been running in our organization at this capacity for about 3 months
  • Lessons Learned • 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
  • Expansion • 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 system
  • Future Additions • Release the project as open source on Github • Syndication of existing content • Mobile App • Introduce new technologies to improve graphics/ reduce overhead • Whatever great ideas present themselves
  • To us, Blabber has emerged as a form of Social Signage
  • Questions? Jeremie King – jwking@wcu.edu Zach Phillips – zachphillips@wcu.edu