Project

Tin Can

Distributed meetings present a set of interesting challenges to staying engaged and involved. Because one person speaks at a time, it is easy (particularly for remote participants) to disengage from the meeting undetected. However, non-speaking roles in a meeting can be just as important as speaking ones, and if we could give non-speaking participants ways to contribute, we could help support better-run meetings of all kinds. Tin Can collects background tasks like taking notes, managing the agenda, sharing relevant content, and tracking to-dos in a distributed interface that uses meeting participants' phones and laptops as input devices, and represents current meeting activities on an iPad in the center of the table in each meeting location. By publicly representing these background processes, we provide meeting attendees with new ways to contribute and be recognized for their non-verbal participation.

Distributed meetings present a set of interesting challenges to staying engaged and involved. Because one person speaks at a time, it is easy (particularly for remote participants) to disengage from the meeting undetected. However, non-speaking roles in a meeting can be just as important as speaking ones, and if we could give non-speaking participants ways to contribute, we could help support better-run meetings of all kinds. Tin Can collects background tasks like taking notes, managing the agenda, sharing relevant content, and tracking to-dos in a distributed interface that uses meeting participants' phones and laptops as input devices, and represents current meeting activities on an iPad in the center of the table in each meeting location. By publicly representing these background processes, we provide meeting attendees with new ways to contribute and be recognized for their non-verbal participation.