Digital Design Weekend 2014

Had a busy weekend entertaining the visitors to the Digital Design Weekend 2014 at the V&A museum with building one’s own Raspberry Pi weather stations.

As part of the AHRC-funded the ‘Secret Life of a Weather Datum’ (http://secretlifeofdata.wordpress.com/), the project team has co-developed a weather station powered by the Raspberry Pi and a user-friendly instruction available at http://sheffieldpistation.wordpress.com/. We devise this kit to encourage the public to monitor micro-climates in the areas where they live, collect their own weather data, and contribute them to the MetOffice’s Weather Observation Website (WOW).

Over the weekend, Paula Goodale and I had successfully introduced  the Kit and the idea of user-generated, crowd-sourced data to the visitors to the DDW2014. The enthusiasm and positive feedback from the visitors is encouraging and we are more confident than ever to ensue our follow-on project engaging more schools across the UK to make a greater impact.

Although I had been busy, I still managed to make some time to network with other talented artists and designers who were also exhibiting their work at the V&A. Lots of creative projects emerged from the MetOffice’s hackathon (e.g., #beauforthair, the internet connected spacesuit, open air pollution data). The ballet dance – [arra]stre (a collaboration of the Battle Abbey Schol, readysaltedcode CIC) – was beautifully choreographed and performed. The repertoir was also very relevant – big data, malware, debugging, software at work. There were many exhibitions about computational jewellery, wearable computing, brain-computer interface (using neuroheadsets like Emotiv EPOC to play computer video games), Microsoft’s physical visualisation etc.

If you have missed the London Design Weekend – too bad. Make sure you are there next year!

Working out how to build a Raspberry Pi Weather Station (Digital Design Weekend 2014, V&A)
Working out how to build a Raspberry Pi Weather Station (Digital Design Weekend 2014, V&A)
Working out how to build a Raspberry Pi Weather Station
Working out how to build a Raspberry Pi Weather Station
#Beauforthair
#Beauforthair
#beauforthair (MetOffice Hackathon V&A Digital Design Weekend 2014)
#beauforthair (MetOffice Hackathon V&A Digital Design Weekend 2014)

Internet Connected Spacesuit (Digital Design Weekend 2014, V&A)

Measuring Wind Speed at the Digital Design Weekend at V&A
Measuring Wind Speed at the Digital Design Weekend at V&A
A few things from the REACT Hub (http://www.react-hub.org.uk/)
A few things from the REACT Hub (http://www.react-hub.org.uk/)
Rehearsing the data dance
Rehearsing the data dance

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