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Different ways to conceptualize and present your MAZI Zone (feel free to share your own ideas by creating a new "Issue" at this repository):

Collaborative work

In a conference or a workshop, people that would select an appropriately chosen SSID of the local MAZI Zone would be immediately part of a hybrid community whose members are de facto in the same place. Using applications such as NextCloud and Etherpad they can carry out collaborative tasks with high speeds and easy access.

Note that Internet-based platforms, like Dropbox, have certain “objective” drawbacks for this scenario. First, everyone should have registered, or register ad-hoc, to the selected service, which excludes those that do not wish to do so; certain platforms have undesirable privacy, copyright or pricing policies for some, and others are reluctant to create yet another account on their colleague's favorite platform just to share a few files. Such people might need to be unnecessarily excluded or forced to subscribe to a service they do not approve. Moreover, the network connectivity offered by a local WiFi network is always faster in both directions (download and upload) and more
private than the corresponding Internet connection, which might be a rather important feature for large, and/or private, files.

And even if the common assumption is that Internet connectivity is not generally an issue, in reality, most of us have experienced connectivity problems in the most unexpected situations (e.g., visiting an institution with strict access policy, or a crowded place with a saturated Internet connection) that have forced us to share our slides through passing USB sticks over the table, eventually failing to leave the room with all the relevant content in our computers.

Party zone

The "party zone" or any gathering with friends at home is a very simple and very useful framing that could be used as an "entry point" to the idea of a MAZI zone. Here is an example of a typical scenario: You organize a gathering in your place (or there is one at your friend's house). Since there is a password for your WiFi connection you should either let your guests know about the password (some will not see the signs, will ask you, they will not type it correctly, etc.) Instead, you could just plug in your "dual mode" Raspberry Pi, which is already configured to be connected to your (or your friend's) WiFi router, offering your Internet connection without the need for a password.

In addition, your guests can type the URL of the local network, e.g.,, (ideally part of the SSID to make it easy to memorize). There they can share photos taken during the event but also older photos with the people in the room. You could even have a projector showing all these photos on the wall in real time.

For this scenario, again NextCloud and Etherpad are the most appropriate applications.

Guest book

A MAZI zone could be permanently attached to a specific place and play the role of a digital guestbook, which could be even complemented with a physical one (a real guestbook). You could also print out a few previous postings from the „digital space“ for stimulating participation. This will allow your guests to share their impressions from visiting the place and collectively build its digital identity.

You can install a guestbook at your house, your restaurant, or your museum, if you have one. But a solar panel could enable you to add a digital guest book to the most unexpected locations, like a remote lake, a ghost town, or even the peak of Everest!

For such a framing you could enable only the MAZI's Guestbook application,, and make this the main page of your portal.


The most challenging form of communication that a MAZI Zone can facilitate is between strangers residing in physical proximity for short or long durations. The "contact" framing refers to people that live next to each other for years, they are neighbors, but have never talked between them and have no idea of each other's background, culture, even language. If you live in a big city like Paris, London, or New York this situation might sound familiar.

A MAZI Zone accessible only from people in close distance can help bridge this gap without strong commitments. For example, a simple etherpad document could be used as a fully anonymous communication channel allowing for free expression and playful interactions.

You can become the facilitator of such communications in your block of apartments by preparing a nice poster placed in the entrance of the building inviting everyone to join and share small parts of their private life, the language they speak, the food they eat, thoughts and feelings. If you are a new resident this might be a nice way to introduce yourself!

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