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How to use open source, low cost sensors to understand the city and turn it into a more healthy, more social place.
"Frank will show how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be used by local communities to make sense of their environments.
The fast raise of maker spaces is creating new opportunities for citizen-driven innovation in domains ranging from open hardware to digital fabrication, community informatics, and participatory sensing. In the past five years, the broad availability of open hardwars and the creation of online data sharing platforms have fostered the design of low cost and open source sensors that citizens can appropriate to engage in environmental action. By collectively measuring and making sense of their environment, citizens can become aware of how their lifestyle affects the ecosystem and be inspired to adopt more sustainable behaviours.
Frank Kresin is Research Director at Waag Society, institute for Arts, Science and Technology, based in Amsterdam. Waag Society develops and researches open, fair and inclusive technology for social innovation, putting people and their needs at the center. It pro-actively involves artists, scientists and entrepreneurs in early stages to come up with truly useable systems and services.Kresin's background is in Artificial Intelligence and film making, and his interest is in developing technology for societal goals. He was involved at the start of many international innovation programs, amongst them Apps for Europe, City SDK, CineGrid Amsterdam, Code 4 Europe, Making Sense and the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab. Kresin has spoken, written and lectured on Open Innovation, Open Data & Open Design, Users-as-Designers, Living Labs and Smart Citizens. He is a regular moderator at design and innovation workshops in the Netherlands and abroad.