"...The Playable City Award, cofunded by organizations involved in Bristol’s creative technologies sector, offers artists and creatives an opportunity to "make something wonderful using creative technologies."
The theme for 2013 was to create something to challenge and engage people to explore and interact with the city through play.
Smart cities, where technologies play an important role, tend to be perceived as high on efficiency yet low on warmer, human elements, Barker explains.
"Our starting point was a desire to use the city’s existing infrastructure to encourage human interaction through storytelling and story sharing.
"We saw an opportunity to piggyback the existing infrastructure by using the unique reference codes carried by every piece of street furniture to enable those responsible for them to monitor them and repair them, when necessary," he says.
"The opportunity was to use these codes a bit like Twitter hashtags--identifiers of different conversations created around different objects."
An important question was: which platform?
Though Hello Street Lamp could have been a smartphone app, the PAN team opted for SMS because it is more widely available, more intimate and, ultimately, more conversational...."