Three times per month, a group of runners known as the Blooming Fools Hash House Harriers navigate a 3–5 mile trail of flour laid throughout Bloomington, Indiana’s diverse rural, forested and urban landscapes. Since summer 2010, the group more than doubled, now averaging 45 participants per event, making it increasingly difficult to manage and maintain safety without disrupting the core enjoyability of the event. OnCheckIN is a mobile system designed to quickly and confidently determine who has yet to regroup at certain waypoints, so the missing can be found.
Over the last nine months, I’ve embedded into the local and national House Hash Harrier community, participating in nearly thirty events and organizing three. I’ve examined projects fostered by the community and identified opportunities to enrich participant experience while respecting 73 years of cultural development. A functional prototype has been locally and actively utilized since March 2011, and by the end of the year, the project will launch for chapters worldwide.
Presented in May 2011, this project is my graduate capstone thesis for Indiana University's Human-Computer Interaction Design master's program.