Co-creating technology for change with concerned communities
Making Sense is a project that will run for two years between 2015 and 2017.
We aim to explore how open source software, open source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be effectively used by local communities to fabricate their own sensing tools, make sense of their environments and address pressing environmental problems in air, water, soil and sound pollution.
With communities across Europe, we will be co-creating sensors & devices that use the Smart Citizen platform to capture environmental data.
We’ll be testing tools and methodologies for making sense of data in pilots in Amsterdam, Barcelona & Prishtina, and raising awareness of social and environmental issues.
With the pilot learnings we will develop the Making Sense toolkit – a manual to organise citizen sensing campaigns for positive social change.
This project has been co-funded by the European Commision within the Call H2020 ICT2015 Research and Innovation action. – The grant agreement number is 688620.
Waag Society—institute for art, science and technology—is a pioneer in the field of digital media. Over the past 22 years, the foundation has developed into an institution of international stature, a platform for artistic research and experimentation, and has become both a catalyst for events and a breeding ground for cultural and social innovation.
The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia – IAAC is an international centre for Education, Fabrication and Research dedicated to the development of technology capable of meeting the worldwide challenges in constructing 21st century habitability.
The University of Dundee is a public research university based in the city and Royal burgh of Dundee. The team from Dundee will be consulting on monitoring, measuring and tracking change, as well as co-creation methodologies.
Peer Educator Network (PEN) is a non-governmental and non-profitable youth organization that aims to contribute towards creating a community where youth are mobilized and empowered to act as agents of social change for an inclusive society.
The Joint Research Centre is the European Commission’s in-house science and knowledge service. Its mission is to support EU policies with independent evidence and advice, and within Making Sense it coordinates research and evaluation tasks in citizen engagement and participatory community building.
Fab Lab network is made of centres of production, investigation and education, that use the latest computer-assisted design software for the creation of prototypes and scale models for industrial design.