Cyber Security of the Internet of Things

Lead Research Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Department Name: Edinburgh College of Art

Abstract

Today we use many objects not normally associated with computers or the internet. These include gas meters and lights in our homes, healthcare devices, water distribution systems and cars. Increasingly, such objects are digitally connected and some are transitioning from cellular network connections (M2M) to using the internet: e.g. smart meters and cars - ultimately self-driving cars may revolutionise transport. This trend is driven by numerous forces. The connection of objects and use of their data can cut costs (e.g. allowing remote control of processes) creates new business opportunities (e.g. tailored consumer offerings), and can lead to new services (e.g. keeping older people safe in their homes).

This vision of interconnected physical objects is commonly referred to as the Internet of Things. The examples above not only illustrate the vast potential of such technology for economic and societal benefit, they also hint that such a vision comes with serious challenges and threats. For example, information from a smart meter can be used to infer when people are at home, and an autonomous car must make quick decisions of moral dimensions when faced with a child running across on a busy road. This means the Internet of Things needs to evolve in a trustworthy manner that individuals can understand and be comfortable with. It also suggests that the Internet of Things needs to be resilient against active attacks from organised crime, terror organisations or state-sponsored aggressors.

Therefore, this project creates a Hub for research, development, and translation for the Internet of Things, focussing on privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security/safety: PETRAS, (also suggesting rock-solid foundations) for the Internet of Things. The Hub will be designed and run as a 'social and technological platform'. It will bring together UK academic institutions that are recognised international research leaders in this area, with users and partners from various industrial sectors, government agencies, and NGOs such as charities, to get a thorough understanding of these issues in terms of the potentially conflicting interests of private individuals, companies, and political institutions; and to become a world-leading centre for research, development, and innovation in this problem space.

Central to the Hub approach is the flexibility during the research programme to create projects that explore issues through impactful co-design with technical and social science experts and stakeholders, and to engage more widely with centres of excellence in the UK and overseas. Research themes will cut across all projects: Privacy and Trust; Safety and Security; Adoption and Acceptability; Standards, Governance, and Policy; and Harnessing Economic Value. Properly understanding the interaction of these themes is vital, and a great social, moral, and economic responsibility of the Hub in influencing tomorrow's Internet of Things. For example, a secure system that does not adequately respect privacy, or where there is the mere hint of such inadequacy, is unlikely to prove acceptable. Demonstrators, like wearable sensors in health care, will be used to explore and evaluate these research themes and their tension. New solutions are expected to come out of the majority of projects and demonstrators, many solutions will be generalisable to problems in other sectors, and all projects will produce valuable insights. A robust governance and management structure will ensure good management of the research portfolio, excellent user engagement and focussed coordination of impact from deliverables.

The Hub will further draw on the expertise, networks, and on-going projects of its members to create a cross-disciplinary language for sharing problems and solutions across research domains, industrial sectors, and government departments. This common language will enhance the outreach, development, and training activities of the Hub.

Publications

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Title BitBarista: Autonomous Bitcoin Coffee Machine 
Description BitBarista is a technical probe designed and built to explore perceptions of value transactions with a new Internet of Things device. It's comprised of a hacked Delonghi coffee machine, enhanced with a Raspberry Pi which reads signals from the coffee machines sensors, controls its functions, and connects it to the Internet. BitBarista is also equipped with its own Bitcoin account. It serves coffee in exchange for a Bitcoin contribution towards its next coffee supply. The coffee beans used by the machine will have been selected collectively by previous customers. The interaction begins with the machine displaying data on the state of coffee-producing countries looking for information on climate, work conditions, political situation, infrastructure, price stability and demand, which the machine purportedly browses online. From this data the machine selects top-ranked options for coffee beans in 4 categories: best quality, lowest price, lowest environmental impact and highest social responsibility. It then offers users the opportunity to choose one of these options for its next supply, and customers pay for their coffee accordingly. After the purchase, a new screen situates the choice within the pool of choices previously made, all anonymised, displaying the supply most likely to be ordered next. The machine also presents some autonomous features: it can order coffee and reward customers for helping with its maintenance, e.g. by refilling coffee beans, filling its water tank, and cleaning out used coffee grounds. When Bitbarista detects that a maintenance task needs performing, it will request help from customers and offer either free coffee or a payment in Bitcoin in return. Bitbarista is fitted with a small camera, enabling it to read smart codes for Bitcoin transactions, so that it can make payments to customers' Bitcoin wallets. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact BitBarista has formed an integral part of a study on initial perceptions of data transactions with a new Internet of Things device. It has been used in a multitude of talks and presentations, to explain and demonstrate the potential of Bitcoin, and IoT devices. It is now part of a further study in which it will be situated in series of office spaces, to gather perceptions of longer term use. 
URL https://youtu.be/aac3Vx54F6E
 
Title Block Exchange: Blockchain workshop, online Toolkit 
Description Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity intended to open minds to alternative means of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain, participants experiment with different ways of trading, starting from the basic acquisition of resources, through a fluctuating market and finally exploring peer-to-peer trading of value. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact Block Exchange toolkit has been used to support a series of Block Exchange workshops (all recorded on Research Fish), including a kick-off event for EPSRC new funding call for developing DLT's. It is under a CC BY license and is available for anyone to use. 
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org
 
Description We exploring how Smart Transactions in Public Spaces.

Many models for the internet of things are based upon domestic settings. We are interested in understanding how IoT will develop as moves into public spaces.

Our deliverables are to develop:
User centred prototypes that offer secure models for value transactions between a wide variety of stakeholders and IoT devices in public spaces. 
Ethnographic studies of social, cultural and economic value transactions in public spaces.
Maps of value constellations within public spaces.
Technical platforms to support secure value transactions in dynamic economic environments.
User centred design solutions that are accessible and easy to use.
User centred, iterative testing in public spaces.

We are only 12 months into the project and complete our first deliverables:
A BitCoin Coffee machine which represents our first user centred prototype: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aac3Vx54F6E
And we have completed extensive user studies of different social / public sites.

Ethnographic studies using a variety of methods (interviews, workshops, technology probes) in public spaces such as parks and festivals, are providing insight into the value constellations across which transactions are established and normalised. In this context, the project is understanding issues of security, privacy, technical infrastructure and convenience. This phase has involved collaborations with the following partners: RBS, Royal Highland Show.
Exploitation Route Our study of privacy, security, consent, interoperability and flexibility toward adoption will provide important contributions to commercial, civic and academic knowledge on how better to design for public outdoor contexts. Following partners at this stage will continue to be RBS, the Royal Highland Show, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and the Edinburgh Festivals. With a view toward new partners coming on stream as products and services are manifest.
Sectors Communities and Social Services/Policy,Construction,Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Retail

URL https://www.petrashub.org/portfolio-item/smart-transactions-in-public-spaces/
 
Description Whilst we are at an early stage of the research, the BitCoin Coffee machine is proving popular in public contexts and it is a powerful demonstrator of how Bitcoin, Bitcoin wallets and how the Blockchain works. Public presentations of the machine are associated with the Block Exchange workshop that is linked to the PETRAS work and the ESRC project After Money.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Royal Bank of Scotland with the PETRAS 
Organisation Royal Bank of Scotland
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Smart Contracting in Public Spaces project is located within the Ambient Environments Constellation, and sets out to better understand the value constellations that occur between the stakeholders who inhabit and move through public urban environments. Working with the Royal Bank of Scotland's Open Experience (OX) team who deliver innovation and design thinking to banking products and services, and the RBS Innovation Engineering team who develop advanced technical platforms to support services, the research team will develop user-centred solutions to support secure, easy to use prototypes for value transactions public spaces.
Collaborator Contribution We will use design methods to explore user adoption and accessibility of various forms of contract, informed by research in a range of technologies including centralised and distributed services. Throughout, we will work with the participants recruited from the public who regularly use parks and events such as festival, to design and prototype platforms of exchange that emerge from participatory workshops. By working closely with these groups, we examine whether distributed ledger technologies are relevant platforms to offer trust and security between complex networks of consumers and vendors, and anticipate the implication of the EU Payment Services Directive 2. The research will provide new insights for policy makers that complement the UK Treasury's preliminary consultation on Digital Currencies.
Impact Pschetz, L,. Tallyn, E.,  Gianni, R., Speed, C. (forthcoming) BitBarista: Exploring Perceptions of Data Transactions in the Internet of Things. In Proceedings of CHI '17
Start Year 2016
 
Description Workshop at the Alan Turing Institute 
Organisation Alan Turing Institute
Country Unknown 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Conducted a workshop, BlockExchange at the ATI in January 2017. Prof Chris Speed (PI, OxChain) and Kate Symons (Research Associate, OxChain) conducted the workshop.
Collaborator Contribution The workshop provides a light overview of the concepts of peer-to-peer exchange and distributed ledgers in a video presentation and uses Lego bricks to make tangible the very intangible aspects of how the Blockchain works. Participants use the Lego to experiment with peer-to-peer trading and create a tangible blockchain to record their trades in a game-like activity played out in 3 stages. It culminates with a session on innovating and presenting new ideas in this area.
Impact This workshop was part of Engineering Applications of 'Blockchain' Technologies, held by the ATI. The purpose was to share ideas and make connections.
Start Year 2017
 
Description 'Collider' event on Public Art - 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact [Second workshop of 2]. The workshop took the form of a 'collider' - a series of short talks and provocations which participants then respond to in a workshop activity. The subject related to public art - working towards a definition and examining pertinent issues in relation to artistic, logistical and political conceptions and practice. Participants came from a wide variety of areas - council planners, academics, artists, local government policy makers and provoked a stimulating discussion across disciplines. The workshop outcomes will contribute to the development of the 'ethnobot' and also lead to a report for the council to take forward with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description 'Collider' event on Public Art 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact [First workshop of two.] The workshop took the form of a 'collider' - a series of short talks and provocations which participants then respond to in a workshop activity. The subject related to public art - working towards a definition and examining pertinent issues in relation to artistic, logistical and political conceptions and practice. Participants came from a wide variety of areas - council planners, academics, artists, local government policy makers and provoked a stimulating discussion across disciplines. The workshop outcomes will contribute to the development of the 'ethnobot' and also lead to a report for the council to take forward with a wide variety of stakeholders.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description After Money Geocoin workshop - 21 Nov 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This workshop will introduce new developments such as blockchain and smart contracting technologies to participants in a tangible and experiential way. The aim is to foster and support creative explorations of potential future visions of value exchange in an increasingly 'smart city'.

After an initial introduction, the workshop will comprise of a hands-on exploration of GeoCoin and a creative smart contracting activity. GeoCoin is a web app developed by the Design Informatics Team to explore digital currencies and value in the city. Based on the smart contracting platform Ethereum and in association with your phone's GPS data, it will challenge your understanding of data sharing, value exchange, and economic transactions in the city in an experiential way. We will then further dive into the understanding and use of smart contracts through an 'If This Then What' design exercise to envision and imagine new narratives and potential applications.

Overall, this workshop aims to foster discussion and understanding of potential issues, concerns and opportunities arising from these new technological developments for society, business and people alike. No prior knowledge of the technologies is required to join the workshop, nor is it necesary to own a smartphone. However, bringing a smartphone along will allow you to get the most out of the experience.

Both workshops are part of the After Money Symposium which heralds the end of Design Informatics' research project After Money in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. The event is hosted by New Media Scotland as part of their 48 hours programme.

The symposium events are separately ticketed - please book sessions you would like to attend separately.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://aftermoney.design/429-2/
 
Description After Money symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This two-day symposium, organised by the Centre for Design Informatics, aims to better understand the implications that FinTech, Cryptocurrency and Smart Contract developments are having on how industry, publics and governments understand money. The fast pace and shifting developments of cryptocurrencies and their underlying technologies have raised significant questions not only about new forms of currency but the economic, social and political constructs that surround them. Challenging current norms of value representation in society and culture, this symposium aims to investigate different perspectives of how financial technologies may influence our lives. The symposium comprised three sessions, each with a unique focus on FinTech Near Futures, Policy, Value and New Economics as well as Cultures of Commodification. The day is intended to bring together a variety of people from academia, industry and culture to understand the broader, cross-cutting implications of these new forms of banking, programmable money and representations of value and its wide-ranging repercussions.

Speakers include Sarah Meiklejohn (UCL), Gavin Littlejohn (FDATA), Dug Campbell (Fankletastic Limited), Philip Godsiff (University of Surrey), Alexandre Polvora (European Commission), Doreen Grove (Scottish Government), Pip Thornton (Royal Holloway, University of London), Max Dovey (Artist & Researcher) and Dominic Smith (Independent). The audience was drawn from the Fintech community, policymakers, artists and academics. Those who spoke had already had involvement with Design Informatics, which demonstrated the continual collaboration and impact of past work by Design Informatics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://aftermoney.design/427-2/
 
Description BBC World Service Click interview. Polite Robots That Make Way for People 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC World Service Click interview. Polite Robots That Make Way for People
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstxkx 10th September 2017. Last figures showed this had 12130 views worldwide since 5th September - Discussion and demonstration of the BitBarista prototype which makes supply chains transparent to consumers and demonstrates the potential of autonomous economic agents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w3cstxkx
 
Description BitBarista in the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Work by Design Informatics is showcased at the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival, 4-28 August 2016.
The Design Informatics exhibition, Living with Data, is displayed in a Pavilion produced by Biomorphis architects. It features a range of products and experiences which look to the future:
In this demo we introduce Bitbarista, a coffee machine that exemplifies a new approach to data access and usage for the design of IoT devices. Bitbarista is connected to the Internet and attempts to communicate complex data processes, gathering consistent information on the state of coffee producing countries. It reveals the social, environmental, qualitative and economic aspects of coffee supply chains affecting end-prices, of which consumers are often unaware. Bitbarista allows people to choose a source of future coffee beans for the machine, and situates their choices within the pool of decisions previously made. In doing so, it places customers within the complexity of factors involved in coffee production, distribution and purchase. The aim is to expose this complexity in order to re-engage users in the market forces that influence and are driven by their choices, providing a positive experience of data display, usage and sharing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ed.ac.uk/informatics/news-events/recentnews/design-informatics-at-the-festival
 
Description Bitbarista: early results of study exploring perceptions of transactions in the Internet of Things 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact A short talk presenting early results from a study of initial perceptions of Bitbarista and transactions with an IoT device. This was given at EPSRC funded PETRAS hub event: 2nd User Partner Workshop on November 11th. The PETRAS research hub has 48 user partners, from industry and government, who are involved in both PETRAS research activities and shaping the agenda and direction. The purpose of this workshop event was to enable user partners to learn about work across the 9 research institutions involved in the project, and provide an opportunity for researchers and user partners to discuss work and develop new collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Block Exchange workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity intended to open minds to alternative means of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain, participants experiment with different ways of trading, starting from the basic acquisition of resources, through a fluctuating market and finally exploring peer-to-peer trading of value.

This event was part of Dundee Design Festival, and was part of an all day session titled: Design Revolution: Innovative Cities and Business (see http://www.dundeedesignfestival.com). It was open to the public, but required online sign-up. Several of the participants were students from the University of Dundee and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The intention was to communicate the potential of Blockchain and other DLT's, and new forms of value exchange more generally, and stimulate new thinking on what this could mean for individuals, designers and technologists.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org
 
Description Block Exchange workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity intended to open minds to alternative means of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain, participants experiment with different ways of trading, starting from the basic acquisition of resources, through a fluctuating market and finally exploring peer-to-peer trading of value.

This was run as part of an information event for an EPSRC call for project proposals on the development of new applications for DLT's. The intention of this event was to inspire new thinking on potential applications, and to bring together new collaborations between academic researchers and industry partners around innovative new concepts, that would lead to new research proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org
 
Description Block Exchange workshop and talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact In addition to a morning workshop using the BlockExchange method, AYEKA hosted the Rimon School of Music and BerkleeICE International Entrepreneurship and Innovation Series. Open Music Initiative, Blockchain, Transparency - technological innovation for the music industry and creative fields.
AYEKA, Elifelet Street, Tel Aviv-Yafo Israel

February 19th at 7:00 PM.
Doors open at 6:30 PM.
An initiative led by the Berklee College of Music Institute for Creative Entrepreneurship (BerkleeICE) in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and with support from a number of major music labels, streaming services, publishers, collection societies and nearly 60 other founding entities.
The mission of Open Music Initiative is to promote and advance the creation of open source standards and innovation related to music to help assure proper compensation for all creators, performers and rights holders of music.
Featured presenters:
From Berklee College of Music in Boston, Panos Panay - Founding Managing Director for BerkleeICE.
From University College London, Sarah Meiklejohn - lecturer and assistant professor of Computer Science.
From University of Edinburgh, Chris Speed - Professor of Design Informatics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description BlockChain City invited talk at Bitcoin Amsterdam 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk to present activities relating to blockchain / design etc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.bitcoinwednesday.com/profile-chris-speed/
 
Description Cultural Value Scoping Project - Workshop, 18 January, Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to take part in the workshop and present work on How to develop new insights and test risky ideas.
The central question of this workshop - organised as part of the AHRC Cultural Value Scoping Project - is how academics, and cultural value scholarship more broadly, would stand to benefit from the existence of an entity dedicated to research and analysis into cultural value; inversely, what academics would have to contribute to this cross-sector platform.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.kcl.ac.uk/Cultural/-/Projects/CulturalValueScoping.aspx
 
Description Demonstration of Block Exchange principles at Talbot Rice Gallery / Playtime event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talbot Rice Gallery was a special one-day exhibition showcasing the results of an innovative hands-on workshop. Guided by artist Rob Kennedy and curator James Clegg, delegates were welcomed to drop-in and contribute verbally and physically to a playful discussion about how modes of exhibition and display shape and manifest cultural, social, political and physical engagements within life.

Playtime tests the fundamental process of exhibition making by looking at how the manipulation of simple objects and basic materials can allow complex ideas to be shared in imaginative and accessible ways. Starting with an empty space and pile of cardboard boxes, the workshop will have seen a diverse group of academics and students challenged to play out and debate a number of games, applying the logic of a particular world-view to the subsequent spatial creations you will find presented in the Gallery.

Led by specialist 'game leaders' the project will provide insights into ongoing research from across the University and further afield. From animal behaviour to invisibility, from translation to tool-making, from cyborgs to lateral thinking, Playtime will overcome disciplinary boundaries and foster curiosity, fantasy and imagination. The content of the exhibition will only become known through its making, this process will reflect and encourage new forms of creative learning and interaction.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ed.ac.uk/talbot-rice/exhibitions/future-exhibitions/rob-kennedy-acts-of-dis-play/playtime
 
Description Demonstration, BitBarista: Crypto Payments and Making Data-Driven Choices Visible, National Cyber Security Visit, Informatics Forum, 5th September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Demonstration, BitBarista: Crypto Payments and Making Data-Driven Choices Visible, National Cyber Security Visit, Informatics Forum, 5th September 2017. Discussion and demonstration of the BitBarista prototype which makes supply chains transparent to consumers and demonstrates the potential of autonomous economic agents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Design Informatics 'Living with Data' show at the Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival - BitBarista Demonstratio 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Title: BitBarista
Artist: Rory Gianni, Ella Tallyn, Mark Kobine, Larissa Pschetz (Design Informatics)
BitBarista is an example of an Internet of Things device, one of a growing number of devices connected to the internet that can collect, exchange and use data. BitBarista uses Bitcoin currency enabling customers to engage with this new form of transaction that can move beyond currency into new types of value exchange.

BitBarista is a Delonghi home coffee machine that has been enhanced by the addition of a Raspberry Pi computer which interfaces with the coffee machine enabling the computer to control its functions. BitBarista has its own Bitcoin account, so it can accept and make Bitcoin payments. This means that customers can pay for coffee in Bitcoin, and BitBarista can also make Bitcoin payments to customers in return for maintenance tasks such as refilling the water or cleaning away coffee grinds. The idea is that BitBarista becomes semi-autonomous, trading with customers to take care of its own maintenance requirements.
The Edinburgh Digital Entertainment Festival (4-27 August 2016) is to launch this year as a new face on the Fringe circuit, the festival "presented by Riverside Studios, brings together the worlds of arts, entertainment and technology - to showcase the best of what is happening right now and provoke the conversation about what comes next." The festival will take place on George Square and the Assembly Rooms this August and we are delighted that Design Informatics and the University of Edinburgh, ECA will be taking part.

We will be showing work by Design Informatics researchers and Masters students in a specially commissioned structure by Biomorphis architects. A range of products and experiences will be shown that invite you to live a little further into the future, looking at the theme of Living with Data. Come and get married for 15 minutes with our smart contracting app, have a cuppa from the bitcoin coffee machine and try out intelligent furniture.

The Design Informatics Pavilion has been designed by Pierre Forissier from Edinburgh based, Biomorphis architects and Mark Kobine. Interested in how digital technology could be used to design a modular structure, Pierre wrote an algorithm to generate different cellular divisions to form the surface of the structure. Using a CNC router (Computer Numerical Control) pairs of sheets are assembled to form modular cassettes; the double layered skin constantly changes the view of the interior or exterior as you move. Prefabricated off site, and assembled quickly on site, the final pavilion demonstrates how computer algorithms are helping designers develop parametric architecture which is strong, light weight but evocative to the eye.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.designinformatics.org/node/438
 
Description Design from/with/by Data invited talk Digital Creativity Hub, University of York 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk:
Design from/with/by Data

The complex constellations of personal and shared devices that are connected to everyday practices that involve the transmission of data constitute openings to new markets in which different kinds of value are exchanged. In many cases we are becoming attuned to understanding how value is constructed as we use software: social media users are becoming aware of the many pros and cons of exchanging social values in Facebook, while Trip Advisor users understand the implications of their liking, disliking and commenting upon the economic values of hotels. However, as websites and apps become replaced by objects that we use in everyday life, such as making tea, taking a shower or getting on the bus, it is less clear how the flow of data that is derived from our interactions, constructs value and is 'traded' between services. This disjuncture in the flow of value - with and without humans in the loop - presents both opportunities and threats to people and institutions. This paper will explore the implications of emerging ecosystems and an agenda for designing human data interactions, that goes beyond the organization and understanding of data, toward the development of platforms that balance the values of all stakeholders within complex digital economic systems to offer a level of commensurability with a service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/webadmin?A2=york-hci;9eb9c625.1603
 
Description Designing DAOs workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Here is the blurb for the workshop. Designers and data specialists are at the forefront of exploring new ways of exchanging value, using Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, smart contracting and the direct exchanges between things made possible by the Internet of Things. These novel technologies mean that concepts of value and value exchange are being challenged in a variety of ways, and, far from being neutral, these innovations are entangled with and are co-producing novel political, economic and social arrangements, raising questions of ethics, privacy and the sociopolitical implications of new forms of distributed authority.

This workshop will explore the implications of the vastly evolving distributed ledgers and autonomous systems which introduce the principle that products and services may soon be owned and managed collectively and not by one person or authority, thus challenging traditional concepts of user communities, ownership and power.

This half-day design workshop allows participants to further understand, develop and critique these new forms of distributed power and ownership through a creative exploration of nodes and networks. No prior knowledge is required and we welcome academics, creatives, industry experts and non-specialists alike. Attendees came from a variety of backgrounds, professionals in the area and non professionals and reported a growing interest in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://aftermoney.design/429-2/
 
Description Designing From / With / By Data Talk for SiREN conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact sIREN is a student-led research network established in 2016 by PhD students in Edinburgh College of Art, the University of Edinburgh. It aims to provide support and training for research students and staff concerning interdisciplinary research, as well as to create dialogue between several fields and promote new perceptions of research based on diverse methodological approaches.

Work was presented from a series of research projects that explore Designing From / With / By Data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.siren.eca.ed.ac.uk/2016/10/25/chris-speed-designing-from-with-by-data/
 
Description Distributed Autonomous Futures invited talk at sIREN 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited to talk at the third sIREN (student-led Interdisciplinary REsearch Network) seminar workshop 'Managing Digital Data Across Disciplines' on Friday, 27th January 2017, 9-12 am

This seminar workshop will explore the theme of managing digital data across disciplines. It will invite four speakers from across the University of Edinburgh and the University of Newcastle. Keynote speakers will present part of their own research activities related to methods, strategies and challenges when undertaking interdisciplinary research. The aim of the workshop is to enhance knowledge and skills and to open up the discussion to participants.

Presented work on DAO's Blockchain / Bitcoin
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.siren.eca.ed.ac.uk
 
Description Future Festivals 2050 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Smart Transactions in Public Spaces (STiPS) is part of the PETRAS Iot Hub, see https://www.petrashub.org. Within STiPS the aim is to explore the particular challenges of developing systems for secure, low-friction, transactions in public spaces. In this workshop we are interested in exploring not only in the exchange of monetary currency, but also in the concept of trading data and personal information, where the line between data and currency blurs, and data becomes currency. As well as the explicit exchanges taking place between people, we are also interested in the trading and transfer of data taking place between devices and systems, of which people are generally unaware, but which forms part of this complex web of data transactions.

In the STiPS project so far we have begun to map out the practices and transactions currently taking place in a series of ethnographic studies, and have explored reactions to the BitBarista a hacked coffee machine that sells coffee for Bitcoin. We are looking to move into adopting technology developed at the RBS that may support new data transaction systems.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Invitation to Digital Lives workshop, Tue 10th Jan, Cambridge 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited to present research at the EPSRC-funded Balance Network

A key emphasis of the day were conversations about future strategic research directions across RCUK (and potentially more widely) related to 'digital living'. A bunch of people from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds, some technical types, quite a few social scientists, and research council representatives came along - for example John Baird and Andrew Prescott (as AHRC Digital Transformations Theme Fellow).

The key motivator for the event was that the ESRC are currently reviewing the digital landscape through funding a scoping review on "Ways of Being in a Digital Age", and are launching a new priority area related to this. The PI of their scoping review team (Prof Simeon Yates) attended the workshop, representing the ESRC's current direction and outlining initial findings, and Shaun (Lawson), who was part of the initial ESRC process of consultation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://balancenetwork.bimserver2.com/
 
Description Invited talk at Scottish Resources Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact I was invited to present new research that could inform circular economies through technology.
The Scottish Resources Conference is Scotland's biggest and most important event for sustainability, resource and waste management professionals and is run in partnership by CIWM and Zero Waste Scotland. This two-day event brings together business professionals and practitioners from all industries. The full agenda will provide inspiration for anyone across private, public and third sector organisations who is passionate about a waste free Scotland. Zero Waste Scotland have become involved as part of the Advisory Board for the Oxchain project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.ciwm.co.uk/ciwm/events/src/2016_overview.aspx
 
Description Invited talk to Falmouth University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk regarding IoT:

Design from/with/by Data

The complex constellations of personal and shared devices that are connected to everyday practices that involve the transmission of data constitute openings to new markets in which different kinds of value are exchanged. In many cases we are becoming attuned to understanding how value is constructed as we use software: social media users are becoming aware of the many pros and cons of exchanging social values in Facebook, while Trip Advisor users understand the implications of their liking, disliking and commenting upon the economic values of hotels. However, as websites and apps become replaced by objects that we use in everyday life, such as making tea, taking a shower or getting on the bus, it is less clear how the flow of data that is derived from our interactions, constructs value and is 'traded' between services. This disjuncture in the flow of value - with and without humans in the loop - presents both opportunities and threats to people and institutions. This talk will explore the implications of emerging ecosystems and an agenda for designing human data interactions, that goes beyond the organization and understanding of data, toward the development of platforms that balance the values of all stakeholders within complex digital economic systems to offer a level of commensurability with a service.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Invited talk, Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation to the Competitive Advantage in the Digital Economy event in Venice 29/04/2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/research/centres/cage/events/28-04-16-competitive_advant...
 
Description IoTUK and PETRAS Video Case Study. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact IoTUK and PETRAS Video Case Study. Bitbarista is a bitcoin powered coffee machine https://iotuk.org.uk/bitbarista/ October 2017 . Discussion and demonstration of the BitBarista prototype which makes supply chains transparent to consumers and demonstrates the potential of autonomous economic agents. The video can be used as an educational tool for a variety of technical and non technical audiences.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://iotuk.org.uk/bitbarista/
 
Description Millennial 20/20 Summit invited speaker, Victoria House, London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to talk about work relating to Internet of Things, Connected High Street and Tales of Things.

The Millennial 20/20 Summits focus at a unique time in the industry, where large and small businesses are dealing with a more-complex and ever-evolving consumer that requires them to think of innovation, disruption and technology as key components of their future. The way the consumer wants to shop, interact with brands, consume content and make payments are evolving and Millennial 20/20 aims to address this like no other event series has done before through a curated experience of multiple conference stages, immersive and experiential showcases and organised networking experiences.

The Summits in London, New York and Singapore look into the future of nextgen commerce from the perspective of a digitally savvy consumer with a micro-focus on key pillars that include Retail, Marketing, Mobile, Payments, Video, Social, E-Commerce, CRM, Advertising and Big Data. The Multiple conference stages are run with industry specific tracks including Travel & Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Fitness & Sport and Fashion & Beauty.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://millennial20-20.com/london2016/
 
Description Nissen, Oostenhuizen, Speed: GeoCoin workshop, Artists Rethinking the Blockchain, Furtherfield Gallery, London. 28/06/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nissen, Oostenhuizen, Speed: GeoCoin workshop, Artists Rethinking the Blockchain, Furtherfield Gallery, London. 28/06/17. The workshop demonstrated technology developed by Design Informatics to an audience of artists and the general public and introduced emerging technologies to a non-technical audience. Participants engaged enthusiastically with the work and it changed many people's thoughts on the technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://aftermoney.design/
 
Description Nissen, Speed, Oosthuizen: Geocoin workshop, Tesco Bank, 3/11/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Nissen, Speed, Oosthuizen: Geocoin workshop, Tesco Bank, 3/11/17. GeoCoin is an explorative platform for geofenced digital currencies. This platform aims to make bitcoin and blockchain technologies accessible in a playful and experiential manner to a wider audience. We have used this platform as bodystorming tool in workshops to explore new models and aspects of geofencing digital currencies.
The platform was developed on the distributed smart contracting platform Ethereum with actual underlying blockchain technology and the cryptocurrency Ether which allows this software to be further adapted for real life use cases and scenarios. There are currently 4 different types of GeoCoin which allow users to collect coins which may add or subtract from their current balance. Simulating potential tax, toll and earning scenarios, this speculative software allows users to experience and explore the potential of digital currencies in a 'Smart City' environment. The workshop was held as part of the Tesco Mercury consultancy programme to open up an understanding of smart contracting outside of the realm of finance.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://geocoin.site
 
Description Oberlander, Richardson, Speed: BBC Data Partnerships launch 19/11/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Attendance at BBC Data Partnerships launch 19/11/17 - forging relationships with media partners going forward in the world of data science.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/data-science-research-partnership
 
Description Presentation to the Gartner Research Board 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited to present research across a series of projects to the Gartner Research Board.

The Gartner Research Board (RB) is the only peer advisory research group that provides the deep, objective insight essential for transformative leadership in the world's largest, most complex organizations. Founded in 1973, the RB has been a subsidiary of Gartner, Inc. since 1998. Membership of the Research Board is by invitation only.

In addition to programs designed for CIOs, we manage IT functional specialist communities for CTOs, heads of IT Finance, Chief Information Security Officers, Heads of IT Sourcing, and IT Workforce Management executives. Membership program deliverables include vendor-neutral research on member-directed topics of global importance, meetings of true peers, analysts, and industry leaders on global enterprises' most pressing issues, and tailored research on issues of tactical concern
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.gartner.com/researchboard/
 
Description RISE Connect Event EPSRC. Churchill Room, Houses of Parliament. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Chris was invited to a RISE Connect networking event organised by the EPSRC on March 2. Members of the Science and Technology Select Committee from both houses, chief scientific advisers, EPSRC council members, MPs with links to science and renowned scientists and engineers convened in the House of Commons in London for an afternoon of talks, presentations and informal discussion aimed at developing long lasting links and relationships between academics and parlamentarians. RISE Connect is a follow-up initiative naturally extending on the largely successful RISE Awards launched by the EPSRC in 2013 which paired a select number of scientists and engineers with individuals not connected with the world of science and followed the development of these relationships for an entire year.

The event was opened with a welcome note by Nicola Blackwood and Phil Nelson followed by an afternoon networking session during which several scientific projects and programmes showcased the diversity and high impact of research funded by the EPSRC. The key messages delivered during the event stressed that strong economies are science economies, economic growth is fuelled by technology, and engineering and physical sciences deliver much needed growth and productivity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/rise/
 
Description Speed & Fried: Invited talk, Design Informatics, EPSRC / Japanese Research Council meeting for IoT. British Embassy, Tokyo. 7th / 8th, September. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed & Fried: Invited talk, Design Informatics, EPSRC / Japanese Research Council meeting for IoT. British Embassy, Tokyo. 7th / 8th, September.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Speed, Cooke, Turner, Oosthuizen, Alcala: BitBaritsta Demonstration at FinTech Scotland conference, Dynamic Earth, 27 & 28 September 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Demonstration of Design Informatics prototypes - BitBarista and Kash cups at launch of Fintech Scotland conference. Competition between participants to understand the possibilities of blockchain and cryptocurrencies outside of the Fintech focus. Audience was influential business people and demonstrated Edinburgh University's pioneering research in this area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.fintech2017.co.uk/
 
Description Speed, Symons: Block Exchange workshop, School of Education, 27/10/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed, Symons: Block Exchange workshop, School of Education, 27/10/17. Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity that will open minds to the future possibilities of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain participants will experiment with trading as economic models shift from the basic acquisition of resources, through a fluctuating market and finally into peer-to-peer trading of value where anything goes. Held at school of education to help explain potential digital futures for education.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description Speed, Symons: Block Exchange workshop, Tesco Bank, 27/10/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed, Symons: Block Exchange workshop, Tesco Bank, 27/10/17. Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity that will open minds to the future possibilities of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain participants will experiment with trading as economic models shift from the basic acquisition of resources, through a fluctuating market and finally into peer-to-peer trading of value where anything goes. Held at the offices of Tesco Bank as part of the Tesco Bank Mercury programme consultancy project which is a pioneering professional development plan for Tesco executives, and is a fantastic link between academia and business, allowing research to be taken forward by business.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description Speed, Tallyn: Block Exchange workshop, CodeBase, Edinburgh, In collaboration with IoTUK / Digital Catapult. 8th December 2017. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity that will open minds to the future possibilities of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain participants will experiment with trading as economic models shift from the basic acquisition of resources, through a fluctuating market and finally into peer-to-peer trading of value where anything goes. Held at the offices of Codebase - a Tech hub in Edinburgh. Demonstrated Edinburgh University's pioneering research to industrial practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description Speed: From Smart Contracts to Distributed Autonomous Things. SICSA IoT Cyber Security, Edinburgh. 20/04/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed: From Smart Contracts to Distributed Autonomous Things. SICSA IoT Cyber Security, Edinburgh. 20/04/17. The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) is a collaboration of 14 Scottish Universities. SICSA promotes international excellence in University-led research, education, and knowledge exchange for Scottish Informatics and Computer Science
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Speed: Invited talk, "Stories with Artefacts" seminar, KTH, Sweden. 5/11/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed: Invited talk, "Stories with Artefacts" seminar, KTH, Sweden. 5/11/17
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Speed: Invited talk, FinBooks, FACT, Liverpool. 26/10/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Invited talk, FinBooks, Foundation for Art and Creative Technology, Liverpool. 26/10/17. Discussion of the Design Informatics Finbook project, FinBook is an algorithmic exploration which associates chapters of a book with financial robots (FinBots). As a creative provocation, the Finbook website presents the book as a market place in which the articles within it lose or gain money based upon the performance of stocks that they are associated with. This project explores current and future questions surrounding practices of commodification, cognitive labour and algorithmic trading.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://finbook.co.uk
 
Description Talk - GeoAid - Exploring Smart Contracting for Humanitarian Aid Distribution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at RGS-IBG 2017 exploring Smart Contracting for Aid Distribution, 30 August. RGS IBG is a prestigious conference and demonstrated Edinburgh's pioneering research to an international audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Talk: Crossing Borders as part of FuturePlay Festival Edinburgh (Aug 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk: Crossing Borders as part of FuturePlay Festival Edinburgh (Aug 2017). As part of Future Play our co-director Chris Speed led a discussion on Designing for Near Futures with Bettina Nissen and Larissa Pschetz on the 17th August 11.30am. The short talks offered a glimpse into the near future of a society without money and biological civil war. The talk complimented our exhibition in the Design Informatics Pavilion which is free to enter everyday from the 3-26 August 11am-6pm.

The talk is part of the Future Play Sessions which were a diverse programme of talks, panels and showcases where artists, performers, experts and academics discuss and debate the latest trends, challenges and controversies in the worlds of art and tech. For more information and to book tickets visit the Future Play website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.designinformatics.org/node/489
 
Description Tallyn: Demonstration, BitBarista - Instantiation of Distributed Autonomous System, in Power 2.0: New Digital Geographies at RGS-IBG 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Tallyn: Demonstration, BitBarista - Instantiation of Distributed Autonomous System, in Power 2.0: New Digital Geographies at RGS-IBG 2017. RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2017. The 2017 Annual International Conference, held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September 2017. Discussion and demonstration of the BitBarista prototype which makes supply chains transparent to consumers and demonstrates the potential of autonomous economic agents.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tallyn: Invited talk, "Bitbarista: Bitcoin powered coffee machine" at the Scottish Blockchain MeetUp 25/5/17 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Ella Tallyn is a UX designer and research associate in the Design Informatics team at Edinburgh University. Ella's talk explored data transactions and smart contracts and how these might manifest in developing IoT technologies. Ella demonstrated the BitBarista coffee machine, a Bitcoin powered coffee machine that explores perceptions of value transactions. The audience was made up of industry professionals and the interested general public and helped to introduce the audience to novel and innovative techniques in designing with data.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.meetup.com/Scottish-Blockchain-Meetup/events/239690439/
 
Description TechStock Event RBS, showcase 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact TechStock Event RBS, showcase was an invited small scale event at the RBS Headquarters in Edinburgh at which many SMEs presented new technical developments across IoT, FinTech and smart technology.
We presented work from Connected High Street and IoT projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.rbs.com/news/2016/march/opening-up-innovation-at-rbs.html
 
Description TedXUniversityof Edinburgh - demonstration of the BitBarista coffee machine 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Shaune Oosthuizen of the Design Informatics team demonstrated the BitBarista coffee machine which is a device in the Internet of Things which has its own Bitcoin wallet. The BitBarista demonstrates value transactions in smart contracting. The audience was primarily students from the university who were unaware of these kinds of uses for devices and helped them re-value their relationship with data and the possibilities of this emerging technology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.tedxuniversityofedinburgh.co.uk/calendar/2018/2/20/2018-tedx-main-conference
 
Description Things2Things workshops, Design United Netherlands 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I co-organised the Things2Things workshops with the Design United team in the Netherlands:

Things2Things was a one-year-long project of the 3TU Industrial Design programs in the Netherlands that ran from January to October 2016. The project brought together a community of almost 50 professional designers and design researchers to explore the role of design thinking in creativity and innovation within the field of the Internet of Things. We have captured the key insights generated during the workshops in a booklet that we are launching at the Dutch Design Week, DRIVE Festival for Design and Innovation.

Anticipating a culture of small scale, distributed manufacturing, the workshop envisions a scenario in which people receive not software suggestions, but material artifacts that anticipate their daily needs. Over a period of 3 months, three families will play host to three networked 3D printers that 'print' artifacts meant to aid families in their daily practices. During the 3 months, participants in the final workshop will use readings from families' calendars in order to design objects for the families, which will then be sent over the Internet to the 3D printers. During the workshop, participants will discuss, evaluate and create new design concepts in light of the diaries families are asked to maintain about their experiences with these unusual material artifacts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://things2things.nl/
 
Description Value Chains and Constellations exhibition of Product Designers at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Gogarburn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Value Chains and Constellations exhibition of Product Designers at the Royal Bank of Scotland, Gogarburn presented work by students that responded to the problems and opportunities of PSD2 and Blockchain technologies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016