Making Sense - Advances and Explorations in Participatory Sensing

  • Woods, M. (Organiser)
  • Frank Kresin (Organiser)
  • Mara Balestrini (Organiser)
  • Tomas Diez (Organiser)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


    This workshop aims to demonstrate how citizen generated environmental measurements can inform evidence-based dialogues that enhance agency, and can potentially lead to healthier, more social and liveable cities.

    What you will get out of this workshop
    Experts in the field of participatory sensing will deliver a comprehensive introduction and state of the art. Secondly, participants will engage in a hands-on exploration of citizen-driven measuring tools and strategies using a novel participatory sensing toolbox comprising maps, scenarios and technologies. We conclude with a discussion on how we might critically deploy the imagined devices in scenarios of desired futures to achieve positive change, while negotiating and sharing concerns and challenges with policy makers.

    Workshop theme
    In the past five years, the broad availability of open hardware tools, the creation of online data sharing platforms, and the wider access to maker spaces have fostered the design of low cost and open source sensors that communities can appropriate to engage in environmental action. By collectively measuring and making sense of environmental phenomena citizens can become aware of how their lifestyle affects the ecosystem and be inspired to adopt more sustainable behaviours and drive collective action.

    This workshop will demonstrate how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be used by local communities to appropriate their own sensing technologies, make sense of their environments and address environmental issues. It will discuss how tools and methodologies can empower citizens and communities to enhance their everyday environmental awareness and to adopt more sustainable individual and collective practices . Finally, it will stimulate reflection and knowledge sharing.
    Period22 Apr 2016
    Event typeWorkshop
    LocationAmsterdam, NetherlandsShow on map