My Great North Run


Two important research topics for SiDE are the development of design methods for older people, and technologies that support and enhance intergenerational communication. We explored both these topics in the design and development of the My Great North Run installation which was part of the Great North Museum’s summer exhibition In The Long Run. The installation captured and displayed stories about people’s personal experiences of the Great North Run and received over 12,000 submissions from approximately 100,000 visitors. My Great North Run combined three kinds of interaction: touchscreens, digital pens and a website. The nine metre table-top interactive exhibit contained thirteen touchscreens to loosely represent each mile of the Run. These screens featured photographs and stories by runners who have participated in all thirty runs since the event began in 1981. The pre-installed stories celebrated the achievements of these runners and their personal experiences over time, and provided stimulus for contributions from the general public.

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Patrick Olivier

Tom Bartindale

Rachel Clarke

A description of the design concept and the initial for the My Great North Run exhibit and website will be presented as the “work in progress report” Bridging the Gap: Implementing Interaction Through Multi-user Design at the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI’11) in Vancouver.