Say Hello / ICT-FLAME

Say Hello is the result of DIGI-HI (Digital Companion for Localised Interactions) a project within ICT-FLAME. It is an application for festival attendees for creating and locally sharing mix-media stories using the FLAME infrastructure. Say Hello brings forward a closer integration of location and time, two components that we think are essential for social interaction and community building. In this context, we have tested out our ideas about ephemeral and local social networks and gathered valuable feedback for providing a minimum viable product in this area. What made this project very special was that the entire SayHello app was exclusively deployed in a distributed fashion on the edge network, right on the street, thus having a number of advantages over a more classical cloud-based app. We consider the deployment of 5G technologies as an enabler for such kind of social networks and a unique opportunity that will divert the attention from global centralised platforms to open, private, local, ad-hoc communities.

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