Existing solutions for: increasing the ability of Stanford students who live in all-freshmen dorms to immediately engage in spontaneous social sport activities by triggering thesame behavior in others.
Tech solutions : buddyup.com, facebook et al. and textingtexting facebook et al.+ powerful trigger - expectations- small group - socially unfamiliar- mildly spontaneous - big community +/- not efﬁcient / but effective?buddyup.com, et al.+ focused+ community- not spontaneous, must plan
Triggers of spontaneous social sport activities Equipment (e.g. sports gear box in dorm lounge)Place (e.g. central park) Time People (e.g. street basketball)
Questions and Insights- often an activity’s spontaneity is inversely proportional to it’s sociableness- the triangle question: how to provide all three vortices while keeping it spontaneous?- current solutions have a hard time motivating users from info to action- encouraging spontaneous social activities requires speciﬁc communities (socially and geographically)- Current tech solutions suffer b/c of 1. social stigma and II. user expectation I.) it’s weird posting a twitter or FB update asking who has time to play golf II.) b/c it is not expected I’m much less likely to engage/look for such activities on existing tech- What kind of notiﬁcation system should be used?