As you might have seen, or will see when logging in and getting acquainted with Hoffnung is that the “places” you set up can be configured with GPS coordinate data or addresses which are then relayed to an Open Street map API (Open source mapping alternative to google maps etc).
Hoffnung was or is the name of a festival that had similarities to a burn in terms of the co-creative parts at least as I’ve understood. Although, the difference here being that it was spread out over a whole city.
Reason I mention this is that since we are located in a building, it could be tricky to utilize this part of the platform. A workaround could be to include the location from placement code system in your place so people can locate it. So the “place” “Magic unicorn pond BAR” would include the location code A2, which could then be checked against the placement code map.
What would be even cooler though, is to map out the entire building we’re in in “Open street map”, as we have an image of the floor plan. This would in turn then be visible in the interactive map portion on the Hoffnung platform, making it easier to find things.
All of this could potentially be unnecessary since the venue isn’t that big and it’s nice to sometimes just get lost in the stream and see where you end up!
However, the idea behind the platform is still really cool and I almost want to implement it just for fun and proof of concept. I see potential usefulness for other burns with more open space outdoors.
For e.g. how many times weren’t you asked at Borderland where a certain camp was located or looking for one yourself because there was a cool workshop you wanted to attend to.