This design investigation addresses the user experiences in social events and activities. The goal is to design a platform that enables citizens’ activities within urban spaces to be rendered legible and support civic engagement. In fact, I believe the communication system needs a sub-system that aggregates all of the events and activities from different social media channels. This sub-system will notify citizens about various types of social events and activities in different settings. For instance, a citizen might be notified when he/she uses the city’s public transport, or another citizen might be notified of the same event through a smart-phone application. In this design investigation the focus is such an application.
In the mobile application, users will be able to create and initiate an event or activity when they are in an urban setting and share them quickly. Users can also generate content regarding events and activities and share it with other attendants. Therefore, this application reduces multiple steps that usually people take in common experiences with existing event-based social networks when interacting with events and activities everywhere and anytime. Diagram 1 shows the design process in this design investigation.