MCN 2016 Sessions – Low Tech, High Touch: How to Use the Tools in Guests’ Pockets to Create Engaging Experiences

Dustin Growick from Museum Hack at MCN 2016

Low Tech, High Touch: How to Use the Tools in Guests’ Pockets to Create Engaging Experiences

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:45 AM – 10:15 AM
Session Leader : Dustin Growick, Audience Development Outreach Manager + Team Lead for Science, Museum Hack

Despite a techie word in our name, Museum Hack is known for being “low tech, high touch” – emphasizing social experience first and foremost over a digitally-based experience. However, modern museum visitors come armed with tech, and we can’t deny that they want to use it in our spaces. Selfies, Tweets, Instagram, informal research: the tech in our guests’ pockets are powerful tools to meet a museum’s engagement goals, without resorting to a fancy app or a data-heavy audio guide. We have developed a formula to create fast, lightweight and easy activities that gets guests to use their own technology to actively engage with the collection, each other, and the museum at large with a sensibility that is “reverently irreverent” and fulfills the goals of museum interpretation staff. Join us to sample some of our favorite activities, pick up a few tips on activity development and learn how to fulfill some of your engagement goals simply by using the tools in your pocket.

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