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Hatter: Empowering Buskers through a Social App

Khan, Areen (2015) Hatter: Empowering Buskers through a Social App. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Khan, Areen
Abstract:

The gradual decline of cash and proliferation of digital payments have created a radical shift, promising new levels of convenience for consumers today. This may adversely impact the earning potential of artists and performers from the busking community. Since the busking community primarily relies on hard cash/spare change from their patrons, I will argue, the predictions of a cashless society can pose great challenges for the busking community. This thesis investigates how mobile technology might address this phenomenon to augment methods of making monetary and non-monetary contributions to buskers. Research through ethnographic methods and literature review, as well as usability testing, the gathered insights and results projected a foreseeable need for buskers and patrons to realize an exchange via a mobile application called ‘Hatter.’ Hatter enables patrons to continue to contribute to buskers, who in turn are empowered to receive social and financial capital, even in a cashless society.

Date: April 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: Buskers, Public Art, Micro Payments, Digital Currency, Urban Spaces, Cashless Society, Mobile Payment Trends, Virtual Community, Social App, Beacons
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Digital Futures
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2015 14:56
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2015 14:56
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/308

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