Amy Hillier

Mapping experiences and access to opportunity in cities

TEDxPhilly · November 2011

A pressing issue for Amy Hillier: Why does the place of our birth and child rearing influence the amount of opportunities available to us as adults? Is there something we can do about this? If we could trace our experiences using modern mapping technologies – like GIS, GPS, LiDAR and others – to better understand our surroundings, our history and our future, what would be revealed? Hillier’s talk discusses how Augmented Reality technologies can be used to bridge geographic disparities and facilitate neighborhood change, allowing residents to redefine their space. Gamifying neighborhoods can engage kids with activities that lead to personal discovery, while also providing data on what Hillier calls “opportunity-shed analysis.”

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