Steps for the Activity

  1. Remember When? In small groups share some of your favourite memories as they relate to locations in your city or town. Bonus, if you can make this step a walking tour up the street or around the block, or based on window views from a room.

    • Encourage participants to consider geographic location (GPS coordinates, street signs, landmarks) of their memories. Use notebooks to document feelings, ideas and stories of the past.
    • Take photos (or sketch) trees, monuments and buildings. Make note of wildlife, culture, landmarks and people.
    • Wrap-up with a circle of partcipants sharing memories.
  2. Ask participants to pick a theme for their strongest, most meaningful memory. Could it be summarized with a song or video? Try to find a common theme in your memories - even if it's something as simple as 'having fun', or 'breaking the rules'..

  3. Make a Web Native video to share your memory with Popcorn Maker. Select media (or make your own recording) that best reflect your memory theme. Leveraging notes in Step 1 use Google Maps, Wikipedia and images from the web to tell the story your memory.


  • Pens
  • Notebook
  • Laptop/Computer
  • Web Access

Lead a discussion on memorable moments in your city, encouraging a range of experiences.

  • How does the media you chose reflect your memory theme?
  • Why kinds of data did you use to tell your story in Popcorn Maker?
  • How can data be used to improve your community?
  • What does it mean when we say Open Web or Open Data ?
  • Why is it important that civic data be available for everyone?