'Hope' was built during the Culture Code 24 hour hack. It explores issues of child poverty by placing you within a day in the life of a 12 year old girl called Hope.
We wanted to put it in public view as soon as we could. There are many rough edges, but we think there's also a lot of power in the message, and value in the structure we've used to tell her story and try to make her real.
To get the most out of 'Hope', you should click on Hope's face in the corner of the status updates as they become stale. You'll learn something deeper about the real Hope.
If you have any troubles, please check the 'Known Issues' section below.
Please *do* get in touch through the link below if you have any comments, or would like to see Hope developed further - your feedback can help make this happen.
Culture Code was a 24 hour hack event (actually 23... hello British Summer Time!) produced by Codeworks to bring cultural organisations with data sets together with data-hungry geeks and allow some magic to happen.
We decided to steer towards somewhere atypical- to take some data and try to engage, inform, and tell a story... or maybe two stories at the same time?
'Hope' was the result.
We could only begin to scratch the surface within the hack, and there are a few things that are only partly built and are currently disabled - we envisaged the user receiving messages from Hope or her friends, notifications and maybe friend invites.
There are things we would like to improve: Developing the games into something more engaging, fixing the pacing, building triggers so you have to visit a game's page before moving on. There's also quite a bit of stuff you can't click that we could do something with, and the game integration could be tighter
We'd be interested in making it more interactive - perhaps you could comment on Hope's status updates and we could collate everyone's input? More social network integration could be interesting- to also explore a story evolving through Twitter, for example.
Ultimately, we were very interested in the idea of having the environment decay completely and have Hope evolve into a real human being by the end of the feed - for her to start as an avatar and connect into emotional reality.
It would also be lovely to have the user end up on a 'real' Facebook profile.
We've tidied up some of the interface post-hack, but the core remains the same.
There are many potential ways to push this project if we can gather interest and support.
Please let us know if you have some more!