Siivouspäivä app

After 3 month of work we published the Siivouspäivä iOS and Android apps shortly before Siivouspäivä on 25th of May 2013.

The process of app development started during the Siivouspäivän digitaalkoot /hackaton in March 2013, where developers and designers form different schools of Aalto met with Siivouspäivä activists to develop concepts and initial prototypes for the Siivouspäivä app. During the hackathon we identified together that the way-finding functionality would be most essential for the app.

Afterwards two groups continued working the two apps (Android and iOS): Fabian Häusler (MA student in New Media, Media Lab, Aalto ARTS) designed and developed the iOS app and Mesbahul Islam (MA student in Computer Science at Aalto SCI) and Ahsan Feroz (MA student in Geoinformatics, Aalto ENG) worked with User Interface design input from Suse Miessner on the Android version.

During the hackathon we had developed the basic app concept, decided on the functionalities and designed first screenshots and interactions. The screenshots had to be updated afterwards to be readable on the small mobile screens. First we designed for iOS and as a second step adapted to Android requirements (e.g., menu bar on top). The developers got the functions coded rather easily but working on the small details took a lot more efforts afterwards.

Have a look at the screenshots from the current iOS app:

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The app is available in the app store at

Here are also some screenshots from the current Android app:

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The app is available at


Hackathon was a success!

“Digitalkoot” (digital + talkoot) was a mixture of coding hack day, GUI prototyping, and event idea generation. Four tracks focused on different themes supporting development of the Siivouspäivä flea market day concept: Video, Mobile app coding + interface design, Event “How to…” Guidebook, and Stories.

Here I’ll mention just a few emerging ideas and how they relate to the CoMeUp platform:

  • A digital prototype for a Siivouspäivä mobile app was developed by drawing data and code from the Siivouspäivä website and the CoMeUp map-based web app. Designers of the event-specific Siivouspäivä app considered differences between vendors’ and shoppers’ perspectives. Some interactions, such as registering your marketplace before the event, are a priority for vendors. Other interactions, such as searching for items on the event day, are a priority for shoppers. While these interactions are supported by the same data sets, they must be represented differently (yet also be visually related) in the interface. The CoMeUp framework is suitable to use as a general basis for georeferenced media sharing.

One of the mobile track groups in action

  • The stories track discussed non-digital interactions that take place during Siivouspäivä. For example, face-to-face conversations between vendors and shoppers bring added value to items for sale and to the event experience. A price tag was designed that would encourage vendors to attach a comment to things they are selling. CoMeUp could support archiving, tracking, and browsing these spontaneous interactions that bring special energy to urban public spaces.
The price tag design

The price tag design

  • A unique aspect of events like Siivouspäivä is that corners of the city normally hidden to those who are not local residents are shared with visitors. Some people even open their private homes or work spaces. Discovery of these “hidden” gems of urban culture  could be facilitated or archived using CoMeUp. Because the simple CoMeUp interface supports easy browsing and sharing of large amounts of georeferenced media, users can quickly gather qualitative impressions about local characteristics beyond the practical understanding of where points are situated on the map. The CoMeUp interface could be used to suggest interesting routes or for individuals to create personal journals during the day.
  • The mobile app track and Stories track both generated ideas related to color-coded filtering of georeferenced data. Colors could be used to designate routes through the city, user-defined sets of interesting locations, etc. Color-coding has not yet been integrated into the CoMeUp prototype. It could be useful to consider using color, for example, to define groups, media sets, locations, or routes.
Ideas for a color-coded story path

Ideas for a color-coded story path

A big big thanks to all participants to the hackathon!

Mobile app hackathon at Siivouspäivän digitalkoot on 16.3!

CoMeUp teams up with the New Media for the Third Sector course at Aalto University to propose a one day hackathon on 16.3! If you’re interested in getting your hands on the CoMeUp code and hacking up a wonderful mobile App for Cleaning day, then go register for the mobile app track at and meet us at the Aalto Media Factory in Arabia. YEEEEEAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!

Come to the hackathon!

Come to the hackathon!

Experiments during Cleaning Day (Siivouspäivä)

Cleaning Day, or Siivouspäivä in Finnish, was started for the first time in Spring 2012 in Helsinki, and was a big success. The idea, initially thought of by Pauliina Seppälä and friends, is simple: on Cleaning Day, you can set up a little flea market anywhere in the city, where you bring your old things and sell them or give them away. The Cleaning Day website provides a map interface where you can mark the spot of your own stand. During the second Cleaning Day on the 8th of September 2012, and thanks to collaboration with the City of Helsinki Public Works Department, the marking on the map is automatically considered as being pre-approved placements of sales spot, without any separate official permit needed.

Cleaning Day sewing workshops in Helsinki city center

Andrea, from our team, has been active in Siivouspäivä from the very beginning and knew the core group of people organizing it. We decided to propose to some of them to test our prototype for the CoMeUp App during this autumn’s Cleaning Day. Pauliina and Jaakko joined in and we provided them with one Samsung Galaxy and one iPhone complete with the prototype App and a working mobile internet.

Pauliina and Jaakko getting acquainted with the CoMeUp App one day before Cleaning Day

The mobile interface was still crude, but easy to use

The App work as followed: after initializing it, one could choose to take a picture, record audio, record a video, write text, or choose any of the above from existing galleries on the mobile phone (e.g. older pictures). Once the media was recorded or chosen, it could be identified by text to be inserted in a field (this text could be the title or  free form tags/keywords, or even hash tags – Pauliina and Jaakko used it mostly as a free tags/keywords and hash tag field). A list of pre-defined tags used by the Cleaning Day map interface users was also available, and tags could be picked from it.

Hash tags could also be used as signs on the stands

We also wanted to test briefly could there be any potential in using QR codes, but only staged some situations where we thought they could be used, in order to discuss the possibilities later.

A QR code for a specific location during Cleaning Dy could lead to a list of activities happening there, or to the list of objects being sold in the surroundings.

Some weeks after the Cleaning Day was over, we chatted with Pauliina, and later with Jaakko. The experiment clearly got them thinking about the potential of taking photos of the stuff that would be used during Cleaning Day, beforehand, as a way for people to browse what would be sold during the Cleaning day. Moreover, people could also document the stuff that had not been sold during Cleaning Day, so that others who might be interested in it, could later trace them. This photo documentation in a sense would extend Cleaning Day to  before and after the actual event. We will take these thoughts with us now and think of the next design steps and continue our collaboration with the Cleaning day people!

The prototype for the web interface

During October however, Joanna and Sara have to take a little break from CoMeUp to focus on their doctoral and masters thesis respectively! Aapo will continue to work on the mobile App. We are also hoping to organize a hackathon (à la Restaurant day hackathon, but for Aalto students!), probably February/March to get interested students from Aalto to develop the CoMeUp App and maybe a variation of it, which would especially address the Cleaning Day needs. We also plan to test the new iteration of the prototype with Kotikaupunkipolut (Home city paths) activists. Stay tuned!