Frank Kresin will show at the Campus Party in Utrecht (#CPEU4) on May 27th 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.