Date Awarded
Grant Period
01/01/13 to 01/31/14
Focus Area
Media Innovation
Knight News Challenge

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  • New York, NY

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For a tablet application that helps people easily record stories and oral histories, prompted by photos or videos on the screen

Current tools for recording oral history, such as video cameras and professional audio equipment, can be difficult to use and hamper the social nature of a conversation. This project, called Thread, will ease the process by building a simple application that enables users of all experience levels to create rich audio/visual stories that can be archived and shared easily with groups of people, ranging from immediate family members to the extended user community, depending on the user’s preference. By making it easy to record and share stories amongst generations and communities, Thread, will make it possible to preserve the stories of target groups, including rural ranchers in New Mexico whose lives reflect a disappearing culture of endurance and gifted storytelling, before the app launches more broadly.

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Project Team

Tom Gerhardt, Kacie Kinzer, Caroline Oh

Caroline Oh, project co-founder, is a graphic and interaction designer working at the forefront of innovation in the digital humanities. She has acted as Lead Designer of award-winning installations and apps for clients including the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Smithsonian Channel and New York Public Library for the studio Potion. Oh is a Design Fellow for the Center for Urban Pedagogy, creating tools to empower local communities, and is also working to develop the Global Action Project’s first digital curriculum in partnership with Mozilla’s Hive Learning initiative. Oh holds a Graphic Design MFA from CalArts and a Film BA from the University of Michigan. 

Tom Gerhardt, project co-founder, has worked as a software engineer developing interactive tools and experiences for clients including the National History Museum, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and the Museum of Science and Industry. Currently, Tom is a co-founder of Studio Neat, a consumer product company that has launched numerous successful products including hardware and software tools for mobile devices, and recently co-wrote a book on independent capitalism and design entrepreneurship in the 21st century. Tom is an adjunct professor at ITP, where he teaches hardware and software design and usability. Tom holds a master’s degree from NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP).

Kacie Kinzer, project co-founder, works to create rich and playful technologically mediated experiences that change our relationships with everyday contexts and each other. Her project, the Tweenbots, is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Kinzer has taught as an adjunct professor for the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at NYU, and as a teaching artist at the MoMA. As a producer and interaction designer at Potion Design, Kinzer helped create interactive projects for clients including the New York Public Library, the Smithsonian, and Bell Labs. Kinzer is currently a doctoral student at NYU where her work focuses on narrative and informal learning.

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