Hacking Citizen Science - the Challenge

A session at Over the Air 2015

Friday 25th September, 2015

12:15pm to 1:15pm (GMT)

Join us to learn more about Citizen Science, be inspired by examples of projects that others have launched, and discover some fantastic open tools and platforms that you can use to enter the CCL Citizen Science Challenge!

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen Science is real science done collaboratively by amateurs, volunteers, and enthusiasts around the globe. People are classifying galaxies from their computers, monitoring the health of trees in their community, transcribing weather reports from old naval logs, and gathering data to make a real contribution to scientific research.

One emerging branch dubbed “Extreme Citizen Science” provides tools that can be used by any individual, regardless of their level of literacy, to collect, analyse and act on information by using established scientific methods. This allows any community to start a Citizen Science project to deal with the issues that concern them - from biodiversity to food production, involving
communities from housing estates in London to hunter-gatherers and forest villagers in the Congo Basin.

The CCL Citizen Science Challenge Brief:

Build a citizen science hack using mobile technology. Anything goes—mobile phones, sensors, wearables, outdoor monitoring stations, balloons, drones…

If you need data, London Air data download is a good place to start

If you need inspiration, check out the wide range of Citizen Science projects listed on SciStarter.

The CCL Citizen Science Challenge Prizes: A LilyPad Starter Kit as 1st Prize, and 4 Espruino Pico's as 2nd Prizes.

About the Citizen Cyberlab

The Citizen Cyberlab is a consortium of several Universities (UCL, Imperial, University of Geneva & University Paris Descartes) + CERN + UNITAR + The Mobile Collective. Together we are building digital tools and platforms for Citizen Science. Follow us on Twitter at@citizencyberlab.

About the speakers

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Brian Fuchs

Co-Founder and CTO at The Mobile Collective

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Margaret Gold

All for Science and Science for All - Citizen Science, Mobile & Web, STEAM & hacking for science

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Time 12:15pm1:15pm GMT

Date Fri 25th September 2015


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