In-exhibition audience feedback technology

Robbie Davis, Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, USA

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program has been co-creating exhibitions with communities across the U.S. for more than 20 years. In 2011, MoMS began “community-sourcing” stories from the communities it visits, and adding those to its website:

The MoMS team would like to hear about technology and solutions that would afford more flexibility in recording and presenting community stories as part of their traveling exhibitions. The solution needs to work for participants who have very little technical knowledge, and in places that may not even have Internet connectivity. Any physical components should be light, robust, and easily transported with the exhibition, which moves to a new location every six weeks. MoMS is very interested in solutions that work across platforms and enable multiple kinds of screens to be used in different contexts (i.e. mobile, tablet, kiosk), and with equipment that may already be available in the communities the MoMS exhibition visits.