My partner and I were given the task to create a smartphone app that focused on helping users explore their city by guiding them to areas that are often overlooked or out of the way. We were also encouraged to develop an app that created an experience for our users.
Our app was one of the few which were selected for The Hidden Spaces exhibition - a collaborative effort between the City of Sydney and the University of Sydney which featured research by nine Masters of Architecture and Masters of Urban Design students, with smartphone apps developed by Bachelor of Design Computing students.
We created 'Serendipcity' - a mobile urban exploration application.
Serendipcity lets you choose a location based on 4 categories – Moods, Colours, Markers and Epics. Each category comes with it’s unique set of options based on a particular hidden space in the city.
Users choose how long their trip will be to their destination and using Google Map data, are given walking directions to their destination (which is not revealed to them until they arrive).
When the users arrives at their destination, they are encouraged to share their feelings and photos which get uploaded to a stream filled with experiences from others which they can browse.