Supercomputing 2002 showgoers participated
in a demonstration of "smart" technology called
This technology allowed participants to:
- locate people who shared similar interests
- visualize patterns of flow of the
- discover how many miles they walked
at the show
- see their chances of winning prizes
and prize winners
- find their favorite restaurants
All participation was voluntary and no personal information
was revealed unless the participant chose to reveal it. No
data was sold to vendors or distributed for commercial purposes
of any kind.
Two levels of participation:
If the particiant wanted to remain anonymous, they simply
picked up an IntelliBadge™ RFID badge and chose a
login and password. At this level of participation, no association
was made between the user's identity and the badge. Users
at this level were not eligible for prizes; but they could
access a variety of useful services.
To fully participate and be eligible to win prizes, participants
completed a user and interest profile. They had the option
to choose to reveal information to other IntelliBadge™rs,
including their names. If they shared their country of origin,
state, and/or zip codes, a flag appeared (at their home
location) on the world map at the visualization displays.
At the end of conference, "IntelliBadge™rs"
returned their badges, either at the booth or in several drop
boxes around the convention center. IntelliBadge™ staff
were available at the Visualization Displays, IntelliBadge™
Registration booth and Exhibition floor booth to demonstrate
the technology and answer questions about it.