Workshop

Programme

Monday, 9 May – Friday, 13 May 2016 at IED Rio

The 5-day Smart Citizens Workshop targeted between 20 to 40 change makers, that have a longitudinal impact on their communities and/or the companies and governmental institutions they represent. Participants learned how to set up their own air, water, noise and weather measurement stations and join a global network of independent Smart Citizens. They built their own sensors out of Open Source hardware components, fabricated their own stationary or mobile gear, visualized, presented and interpreted the data together.

The Smart Citizens Workshop was a blend of sensor technology, digital fabrication, data analysis and environmental activism, bringing together a group of able and motivated participants, being taught by top-notch maker gurus from Waag Society, data-visualization experts of FGV_DAPP, and with access to the IED Labs and the Olabi Fablab.

By the end of the Workshop all classmates were turned into fully equipped and certified smart citizens, capable of measuring and interpreting several environmental parameters. Ready to continue measuring independently at home and train others in their community to help change the places they love based on the insights they get.

Programme at a glance

Day 1: Introduction
Inspiring smart citizen projects
Formation of groups and co-creation of project goals
Best practices in measuring, does and don’ts
Data interpretation: practice with example data sets
Co-creation of measuring strategies

Day 2: Air quality
What existing and correlating data sets are available?
Setting up sensors
Planning group effort
Field research and data acquisition
First reflection on the air quality data

Day 3: Sound
What existing and correlating data sets are available?
Setting up sensors
Planning group effort
Field research and data acquisition
First reflection on the sound data

Day 4: Water
What existing and correlating data sets are available?
Setting up sensors
Planning group effort
Afternoon Field research and data acquisition
First reflection on the water data

Day 5: Visualisation Recapping the group goals and strategies
Recapping the group goals and strategies
Gathering and correlating the data
Co-creation of visualisation and presentation strategy
Afternoon Creating the visualisations

Workshop Tutors

Pieter Small

Pieter van Boheemen, Director Waag Fablab and Open Wetlab

At Waag Society, Pieter van Boheemen leads the Fablab Amsterdam, Open Wetlab and Open Design Lab. He develops projects, conducts research and workshops intertwining biotechnology, open innovation and arts. As founder of the Dutch DIY Bio community, he started a group of grassroots bio-technologists passioned about demystifying and democratizing science. He is founder of the international BioHack Academy and instructs, supervises and supports the users of the Waag’s biotech lab. His main interest is investigating ecological, social and cultural innovation through the intertwining of open source hardware / software / wetware.

Pieter van Boheemen has a master degree in biotechnology of the Delft University of Technology. He is a former ICT entrepreneur and co-founder of online retail shops. Currently he is cofounder of the molecular diagnostics company Amplino. Before joining Waag Society, he worked as a consultant in science based regional innovation, and was IT security consultant at Accenture.

Taco Small

Taco van Dijk, Software Developer, Waag Society

Taco van Dijk works as software developer at Waag Society since 2008. He develops mobile apps, web applications and other software within our projects. Taco studied social science informatics at the University of Amsterdam and his interest are HCI, privacy & security and (computer) music.