“Angra com Futuro: Mostra de Projetos Empreendedores e Capacitação”

Mara Dionísio and Dina Dionísio exhibited Fragments of Laura at the IV Fair Angra com Futuro: Mostra de Projetos Empreendedores e Capacitação held in Angra do Heroísmo, Azores, on October 26-28.

This event aimed to promote and exchange new entrepreneurship practices, mainly in terms of valorization of local products through creativity, innovation, and competitivity. It gathered projects from Portugal mainland, Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands.

Mara Dionísio @ Pitch Presentation

European Researchers’ Night 2018

On the last Friday of the month, initiatives in the scope of this special night were organized all across Europe. M-ITI researchers joined the event, to demo Fragments of Laura to all the interested visitors. During the event, the Secretary of Education Jorge Carvalho and the councillor of science Idalina Perestrelo met the researchers and got to know more about the research project.

MFF 2018

“Fragments of Laura”  was submitted as a short film for this year’s Madeira Film Festival .

To submit the story as a single track we needed some rearrangements while putting the  videos together, so some extra scenes were added to film version.

This great work, made by our artists Rui and Sandra, got FoL short accepted for screening at the MFF- Shorts program, last May 18th.

Take a look at the short’s final version in the link below:

Madeira Film Festival 2018- Fragments of Laura_Final

Focus Group – Local “Experts”

On the past 27th February we went through another focus group session. This time we gathered in M-ITI 6 local specialists in a mix between biologists and tourism experts: Raimundo Quintal (Geographer & Researcher), Luís Mota (Tourism Professor), Cátia Gouveia (SPEA Coordinator), Susan Carvalho(Guest Relations- VidaMar hotel), Clara Noronha (Head office of information and touristic projects- SRT) and Rosana Pereira (Travel & Groups / MICE Consultant).
Between around 2 hours the team and our invited guests discussed several topics concerning preservation and sustainability of Madeira’s biodiversity and its impact in Madeira being a touristic island. With this focus meeting we wanted  to prompt thoughts on how we could motivate tourists/visitors to “change” their behaviour by making them more sensible and aware about Madeira’s natural heritage and environment.
To promote discussion among the group we prepared several activities by presenting Há-vita’s website; possible activities and interactions between a local community and tourists; and a prototype with participatory features for the webplatform.
This was definitely a very productive and helpfull session, great ideas emerged, since this platform is seen as an interactive “communication mediator” between institutions, locals and visitors.


Focus Group – Local Community

The first focus group took us to Curral das Freiras, where we met a group from the local community at Casa do Povo. We got 10 people attending, among them was Arsénia Silva and Manuel Figueira, our interviewees for the website- Traditional Products.

During around 1 hour, we had an opportunity to show the local residents Há-vita’s website, discuss the content from different videos and demo a participatory prototype, aiming to understand their interest with the idea of interacting with visitors/turists through the website’s platform.

Here’s a sneak peek from the session:

Testing Há-vita – 2nd Round

Another round of Há-Vita’s study was conducted in 2018 on February 13, 17, 18, and 20 in the evening, in Funchal (Vidamar Resort Hotel Madeira). We also conducted the same study at another hotel located in Caniço (Galo Resort Hotel Galosol) on February 8.

1) We set up a table on which we place flyers about the project, a poster, and two teasing/eye-catching elements: a bottle of Madeira wine and vegetal sponges Luffas;

2) Two experimenters (who were also part of the research team) introduced themselves, the project and invited the hotel guest to participate in the study;

3) The participants were informed about the goals of the project and agreed to sign the consent form;

4) Participants filled out a questionnaire about demographics (e.g., age, nationality, gender, occupation) and questions related to travelling and travel information;

5) Afterwards, participants were asked to browse Há-Vita website and pay attention to content and graphics;

6) Participants were asked to respond a semi-structured interview about content and interface, which lasted on average about 13 minutes.

Há-Vita @ GaloSol

Há-vita and its Participatory Aspect

In the last couple of months the team has been preparing and organizing 2 different focus groups. This focus groups consists in small,  diverse group of people and whose reactions are studied in an open discussion about a new product or something else to determine  reactions that can be expected from a larger population. Consisting of interviews in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards a product, concept, or idea. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members.

With this studies our goals are:  -Understand how we can make Há-vita an interactive and participatory platform between locals from Madeira and its visitors: -To what extent and how are locals interested in interacting with tourists through an online platform leading to off-line activities?; -Feedback on Há-vita current strategies to support two-way interaction between locals and visitors?; – What other design strategies can be developed in Há-vita to  support two-way interaction between locals and visitors? .

For this activities we designed a prototype to illustrate the ideas with participatory features: