“Create UNAOC Challenge” 2012 Entry

We have been working late nights and weekends (and lunch-times!) over the last two weeks. A key reason for this was our work on an HTML5/JQuery Mobile App for the United Nations Alliance of Civilisations “Create Challenge”. Last night we managed to get the prototype completed and edited the video for the entry pitch.

My brother is heavily involved with a program called Civic Voices. This a world-wide program that supports young people in making video interviews with people who have an interesting and informative perspective on a key historical event within their community. This program has been very successful within Northern Ireland and many interviews have been conducted with people from a range of cultural backgrounds within the community.

Over the past couple of months we have designed a App that can make the most of this valuable resource, and our entry to the UNAOC competition is a iPad prototype that demonstrates the key features of our design. Students will be able to investigate the video and audio archives by site and date. Multimedia is pinned to an interactive google map, e.g. a person who is talking about “Bloody Sunday” one minute into their interview will have this location in the video pinned to Derry/Londonderry City place on the map. Multimedia can also be filtered by a date range, e.g. 1970 – 1972.

Learning activities are central to the App design. For example, users can pin their own content to the map (podcasts links etc.), can upload blog posts, and the app will have structured learning activities (including live chat sessions) between schools/groups involved with the program. Users and schools will also have a gamified profile comprising badges that are earned through engagement with the App.

We are sure that the competition will be very competitive, but if we managed to make the top 5 Apps in the competition the prize money would enable us to build a fully functional App. However, we mainly used the competition to motivate us to make progress with the App and we will look for other support to progress its construction – we feel that the App could be used in a range of learning contexts.