From S E B A S T I E N G O Y
"Consensus-Driven Event-Scheduling" is a technical report written in 2015, regarding my project for the MIT course Building Mobile Experiences.
Following a generative study, a gap was identified between professional meeting-scheduling programs and informal group coordination using open-channel communication tools. An application for smartphones was thus designed to provide an informal and synchronous way to schedule events. The application answers an additional need expressed in the study: the application should enable negotiation. A consensus-building process was thus embedded in the application workflow, to achieve agreement on scheduling decision beyond simple majority. The application further allows users to define positively their attitude toward negotiation, to speed up scheduling. The application is built as a service on top of an existing Instant Messaging platform. A small-scale field evaluation was carried, showing positive adoption, even in limit cases, such as rendezvousing and 2-person groups