Twitter feed from Tate Modern’s “Museums and Mobiles in the Age of Social Media”

Museums & Mobile & Social Media

Almost everyone has a mobile in their pocket, but are museums ready to communicate with their audiences in this way? This symposium is for museum workers who want to know more about how the new generation of mobile devices can benefit their institutions, and for developers wanting to get up to speed with the latest thinking in this area. Museum professionals from around the world with in-depth experience in mobile content design, development and evaluation lead the day’s discussions.

In 2008, Tate’s first conference on this subject, From Audiotours to iPhones, presented the advances in mobile technology that are changing the face of the museum tour. Two years later, the impact of social media and the meteoric rise of the app, present a new opportunity for museums to think well outside the audiotour box. In this 2010 symposium, we look at mobile experiences that engage audiences both on-site and beyond the museum’s walls. Among the case studies will be Tate’s latest work in this area, including a Webby-award winning app and a multi-player game for mobiles.

Speakers include Jane Burton, Tate (UK), Jason DaPonte, Consultant and former Managing Editor of BBC Mobile (UK), Ted Forbes, Dallas Museum of Art (USA), Tomotsugo Kondo, Open University (Japan), Nancy Proctor, Smithsonian (USA), Peter Samis, SFMOMA (USA), Mike Saunders, Kew (UK), Margriet Schavemaker, Stedelijk Museum (Netherlands), Rob Stein, IMA (USA).


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