While preparing for a SXSWi panel on design research earlier this year, I started thinking about how to engage the audience.
My fellow panelists and I wanted a way for the audience to participate in the discussion so we could keep the conversation lively and pointed. Given that so many conference attendees tweet about panels, we thought a Twitter-related tool would be the easiest way to facilitate the conversation.
We discussed how to build and implement such a tool, and after about two weeks of work, Ospriet was born. (Here’s more background on its conception and its name.) This open-source moderation tool that’s built on the Twitter API allows an audience to post and vote on questions or comments during a presentation. It’s similar to Google Moderator, but built on top of Twitter and intended for events.