Marriott Six Degrees

A social network for the connected lobby

Six Degrees is a prototype social network designed for the hotel lobby by
the MIT Mobile Experience Lab in collaboration with Marriott Hotels.

Through Six Degrees, guests can discover how they are connected to one another, and can socialize with one another in events planned by Marriott. The platform is designed to highlight the connections that already exist between guests, while encouraging new connections to form.

The Mobile App

When a guest logs in for the first time, the Six Degrees Mobile App pulls in data from LinkedIn, and creates a profile based around their professional background and personal interests. Six Degrees uses this information to match guests with one another based on what they have in common – whether they’ve worked at the same company, gone to the same school, or share similar interests.

The Interactive Table

The Six Degrees Interactive Table is designed to facilitate face-to-face interaction among guests who are connected on Six Degrees. The table responds to a users mobile device or key card. If two Six Degrees users who have something in common are seated at the table, the table glows to indicate their connection.

The Making of the Table

The Public Display

The Six Degrees Public Display, located in the lobby space, shows information about upcoming events and active Six Degrees users at the hotel. The public display visualizes aggregate data about the Six Degrees community.

The Team

MIT Mobile Exerpience Lab
Federico Casalagno (MIT MEL Director)
Amar Boghani (Project Leader)
Noel Braganza
Neil Legband
Cagri Hakan Zaman
Yihun Lim
Marcus Lowe
Guillermo Bernal
Barney Kirby
Mariana Cavalcanti
Len Wolin
Matthew Von Ertfelda
Special Thanks
Alan Smith (Marriott Kendall Square)
Catherine Winfield
Stephanie Lee
Andrew Johnson
Blanca Abramek
Harihar Subramanyam
Namjoo Kim
Gimena Moya