MAZI means “together” in Greek and provides technology and knowledge in order to

  • empower those who are in physical proximity, to shape their hybrid urban space, together, according to the specificities of the respective local environment
  • generate location-based collective awareness as a basis for fostering social cohesion, conviviality, participation in decision-making processes, self-organization, knowledge sharing, and sustainable living
  • facilitate interdisciplinary interactions around the design of hybrid space and the role of ICTs in society.

MAZI wishes to invest in an alternative technology, what we call Do-It-Yourself networking, a combination of wireless technology, low-cost hardware, and open source software applications, for building local networks, mostly known today as community wireless networks. By making this technology better understood, easily deployed, and configured based on a rich set of customization options and interdisciplinary knowledge, compiled as a toolkit, MAZI empowers citizens to build their own local networks for facilitating hybrid, virtual and physical, interactions, in ways that are respectful to their rights to privacy, freedom of expression and self-determination.

MAZI will showcase several interesting versions of a MAZI zone. A MAZI zone is composed of hardware and software DIY networking components, together with some open-source applications and services, deployed in a place of interest for engaging people nearby to communicate in diverse ways.

Each version of MAZI zone presented in the booth, will feature communication interfaces for connecting with the users, like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and web interfaces for graphical interaction with the users. A captive portal will be utilized for initial interaction with the user – the user will have his/her browser opened to a specific webpage upon his/her connection to our Wi-Fi network – and from there the user will be directed to several applications running locally in MAZI node, like questionnaires, chat rooms etc. Other interactive ways that the MAZI nodes will feature are gestures sensor, cameras, keyboards etc.

MAZI zone deployments will be utilized both offline for studying location-based collective awareness, as well as online for more advanced applications and monitoring from the administrators.