ITP Camp 2016

Sensuous Cities: IOT, Blockchain Smart Contracts & Citizen Science Tools & Strategies

In Sandy Pentland’s most recent book, Social Physics: How Social Networks Can Make Us Smarter, he examines and answers big questions like, “How can we design organizations and governments that are cooperative, productive, and creative?”

In this workshop, we will examine several citizen science tools and best-practices for those interested in improving how we manage our shared natural and social capital resources.

Citizens’ Observatories enable citizens to adopt a key role as Citizen Scientists, in the stewardship and management of their environment.

“What you are trying to do is make a human-machine symbiote, where the humans understand more about the network of interactions because of the computers, and the computers are able to understand more about how humans work, and therefore, work better with them,” -Sandy Pentland

Hardware+ Software: Arduino & Raspberri Pi, with various other sensors and devices. Processing, P5js, Temboo, Spacebrew, Meshblu

Questions for our discussion: -How can we include blockchain smart contracts created using The Ethereum Solidity language and Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) governance models to improve the Citizen Science process? -How can interdisciplinary practitioners in the design, architecture, engineering, and art worlds work better together to solve urgent issues for humanity?

We will look at case studies from Public Lab, & Intelligent River

The workshop will conclude with the introduction of a new citizen science observatory project that invites participants to co-create projects that expand on these ideas.


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Kathleen J June 9, 2016, 4:21 pm

I\'m not able to make this. Would anyone be able to share their notes from this session?

jonnydubowsky June 14, 2016, 6:04 pm

@Kathleen J I\'ll post the slides and notes from the workshop this week. Planning a hack-a-thon session for next week where we will look at specific IOT solutions and I\'ll set-up various sensor nodes and embedded system examples using the Arduino Yun, Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard Black, and Opensprinkler hardware. Stay tuned.