Ox-Chain: Towards secure and trustworthy circular economies through distributed ledger technologies

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

Abstract

The Ox-Chain project responds to specific challenges identified by global consultants McKinsey & Company for the UK based charity Oxfam that highlights how much value is lost within the existing business model, which currently sends between 70-80% of its received second hand clothes to a recycling centre. The research team propose that by using distributed ledger technology, such as the Blockchain that supports the Bitcoin digital currency, a different business model can be developed that involves the donors, the shoppers and the staff at Oxfam in identifying the value of second hand items and helping them to move to places where they will can be sold.

The donation model that was developed in the 1940s by Oxfam still relies on individuals to make a judgement about the value of donated items. It is impossible for one person to know where an item can be better used or cherished - the result is that many items do not reach places within the Oxfam network where they might be resold and not recycled. Internet technologies such as distributed ledgers have the potential to turn the network of 670 Oxfam shops into an online auctioning platform, in which the collective knowledge of thousands of people can bid to keep items in the world.

Such a project offers significant insights into how decentralised technologies can better support business and society as we move toward what is described as a Circular Economy. A 'Circular Economy' in one in which resources are kept in-use for as long as possible, and their maximum value extracted whilst in use followed by the recovery of materials at the end of each service life. However, if more people are to become involved in the valuation of objects and materials within the ecosystems of business, communities and charities then we have to find ways to protect them. Moving to a sharing economy in which technology helps us to move things that we no longer need to places where they will be more valued, has the potential to disrupt existing models of trust, identity and privacy.

The use of distributed ledger technologies to manage permissions and privacy in such a way as to build the trust of participants offers a significant opportunity to demonstrate the potential to reshape our concepts of how our economies operate.

Planned Impact

The research expects to make significant impact across a number of communities:

Oxfam: Of key benefit to users will be the development of a technology for the distribution of objects to places where they are known to have value. In the first instance the main benefactor for the project is Oxfam, who face significant challenges in adapting a 20th century model for the cascading of objects of value through their many high street shops. Oxfam will benefit from this project through the harnessing of distributed technologies such as ledgers to identify who needs what, where and when in such a way that identity is safeguarded and trust is built to produce a circular economy.

Community of Oxfam: Donors, staff, volunteers and shoppers all extend a trust to Oxfam that they handle goods toward the benefit of large international aid projects. However, the digital economy has facilitated the growth of online business models and the economic downturn has led to more competition in the high street. Ox-Chain will work with members of the Oxfam community to design a secure, trustworthy and participatory business model that places them at the heart of a new economy for the flow of goods back into society where they are most needed. Designing a new and secure economic model for the abundance of objects that are already in circulation will significantly enhance the quality of life of potentially millions of people.

Building trust through new technologies: Recruiting and retaining participants is vital to ensure that the project develops secure, trustworthy and privacy models that encourages a community of users to adopt a new technology that changes their stake in an organisation. The project's team benefits from experience in parallel domains of recruitment and retention with community members (e.g. work in the past with Oxfam managers, staff and shoppers etc.). The participatory agenda that is supported in depth by Newcastle and Edinburgh is based upon a commitment to involving staff, shoppers and donors at all times. Understanding their interests, views and experiences are vital for Ox-Chain to be adopted as a secure method of contributing to Oxfam projects.

Wider society: We aim to maximise translation of our research by taking an active and participative approach to knowledge exchange. We will do this through the instantiation of an Advisory Board made of cross sector experts who will see the transferrable impact of Ox-Chain. Our two primary partners, Oxfam and McKinsey, offer significant pathways to impact. Oxfam has led the way in charitable business models to fund large scale global challenges; a significant shift in their approach would resonate across charities and related businesses world wide and demonstrate how wealth generation and distribution can be readdressed. McKinsey and Company are constantly seeking new economic models that address contemporary and near future challenges, thus a successful demonstrator of secure, trustworthy distributed ledger technologies would provide them with a model that can be adapted and applied to the wide range of sectors that they consult upon.

Circular Economy: Working with national organisations including Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Zero Waste Scotland, and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, we expect to demonstrate how digital technologies can support best practices toward a circular economy. Pop-up events, meetings with appropriate and relevant businesses, as well as conference contributions and a web based media campaign will present Ox-Chain as a viable platform for demonstrating how distributed ledger technology can transform business.

Publications

10 25 50
 
Title Pizza Block 
Description Participants in the workshop spend the majority of their time collecting fictional skills which allow them to help solve Edinburgh's lack of pizza. As players acquire skills, they are able to complete tasks for three different social enterprises who all work towards Edinburgh's lack of pizza in three different ways. One More Slice - who focus on producing the perfect crust and best cooked pizza. Pizza First - who seek a sustainable future for pizza lovers and focus on sourcing the best and most ethical ingredients. Everyone Loves Pizza - who focus on being able to produce and deliver high volumes of pizza to as many people who need it. The social enterprises are scored on their ability to find volunteers who can complete tasks at varying levels of difficulty. Our real motivation is to use Pizza Block as a metaphor, introducing participants to digital blockchain identity management systems by producing a number of physical artefacts which relate back to components of digital blockchain identity management systems: A personal ledger, unique to each volunteer which shows the order in which they learnt skills and completed jobs. This could be simply seen as a volunteering CV. A public ledger which both volunteers and social enterprises can check if there is any question over the volunteers claimed skills. The social enterprises have a record of completed jobs with a snapshot of the skills of the volunteer who completed each job. These physical artefacts provide starting points for conversations revolving around how blockchain IMS could be used in the future. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact TBD 
URL http://oxchain.uk/2019/01/29/pizza-block/
 
Description The grant began in September 2016 and we are still developing the case studies to inform the research.
The grant finishes in 2020 but looks to exceeding the expectations of contributions to Oxfams business models.
Exploitation Route Too early to say.
Sectors Creative Economy,Digital/Communication/Information Technologies (including Software),Financial Services, and Management Consultancy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections,Other

URL http://oxchain.uk/
 
Description The Oxchain project is fully engaged, with ethnographic research completed and is now in the technical development stage. - Extensive fieldwork has been undertaken across Oxfam shops in Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester; and provided insight into trust models between Oxfam Head Office, volunteers, staff and donors. - Two Blockchain workshops were held at Oxfam HQ involving donors, volunteers, area managers, area managers, donors, Oxfam International and marketing. Three project pathways have been elicited with senior Oxfam staff. A] New models for donations B] Creating ledgers to log skill sets and acquisition undertaken by women in Nepal. C] Traceability models through cooperatives in the Oxfam value chain. - Project initiated with Volunteer Scotland for a case study in logging volunteer activities. There is also a project website which outlines the activity: http://oxchain.uk
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Creative Economy,Financial Services, and Management Consultancy
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic

 
Description EnvChain
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 04/2018
 
Title Block Exchange 
Description 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! 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2015 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This activity is aimed primarily at people with non-technical backgrounds who want to begin exploring the possibilities of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies to envisage the potential for social change and disruption, and the wealth of new scenarios and applications. People skilled with technology may also benefit from involvement in the activity, especially if they are new to Blockchain, as this is more about opening up ideas on value rather than a technological explanation. The inclusion of technical people in the activity can therefore enhance the overall experience of the group, by bringing this expertise into the conversation. 
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description Oxfam 
Organisation Oxfam GB
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Learnings and insights that demonstrate the use of distributed ledger technologies to transform and disrupt traditional donation models within Oxfam.
Collaborator Contribution Access and engagement activities to provide the project with a domain understanding within a NGO that facilitates international aid.
Impact Co-design of conditional giving mobile UIs.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Project Mercury 
Organisation Tesco Plc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The partnership has facilitated a lecture series to explore topics such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and data ethics; exploring both current and future applications of these technologies and the impacts that these could have on society. Alongside the lecture series, project participants had the opportunity to put their learnings into practice, through the research and development of three projects. The outputs of this were Deedit, Lens and Tess which were all displayed as part of the Edinburgh International Arts Festival at the specifically built Design Informatics Pavilion, Data Pipe Dreams: Glimpse of a Near Future, on Edinburgh's George Street.
Collaborator Contribution Through Project Mercury, Tesco Bank designers, software engineers, data scientists and programmers have worked in partnership with both students and lecturers from the University of Edinburgh's Design Informatics School.
Impact The outputs of this were Deedit, Lens and Tess which were all displayed as part of the Edinburgh International Arts Festival at the specifically built Design Informatics Pavilion, Data Pipe Dreams: Glimpse of a Near Future, on Edinburgh's George Street.
Start Year 2017
 
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 A talk or presentation - Speed, Chris. Designing things with Spending Power, Invited talk, Reddit HQ, San Fransisco USA, March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk by Chief Designer at Reddit to discuss and present new methods of designing with data
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 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 BlockExchange workshop, School of Informatics, Edinburgh 4/04/18 
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 BlockExchange workshop, School of Informatics, Edinburgh 4/04/18
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description Brown Bag Talk - Smart Donations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk about Smart Donations at Oxfam Australia's HQ, attended by staff (approx 25) from Melbourne and other locations via Skype. Our presentation gave us an opportunity to introduce us and our research methods and to report back insights gathered during the initial workshops. Amongst other presentations and activities, this talk sparked the discussion within Oxfam and layed a foundation further engagement with staff and key supporters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Co-Speculative Interviews with Key-Supporters of Oxfam Australia 
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 We conducted 16 co-speculative interviews with key-supporters (high value donors, agencies, external Oxfam Partners (e.g. Deloitte) and internal staff across Oxfams fundraising, programming, advocacy and campaigning, finance, internal IT, social media and data team in order to understand the implications of Smart Donations. These engagement will significantly contribute to the success of our research and will lead further output (papers, journal articles).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Consultancy on Oxfam Australia/ Oxlabs CfP Trial 
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 In several meetings we provided expert opinion on a RFP and proposals for a scheduled trial undertaken by Oxfam Australia's Oxlabs initiative. This activity gave us access to interesting insights and opened significant opportunities for further collaborative work with Oxlabs and its partners. Through this engagement we have been introduced to consultancy and development companies in our field and currently explore further collaborations in this domain.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 DAOWO 'Blockchain & Art Knowledge Sharing Summit' 
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 DAOWO (Distributed Autonomous Organisations With Others) Summit UK facilitates cross-sector engagement with leading researchers and key artworld actors to discuss the current state of play and opportunities available for working with blockchain technologies in the arts. Whilst bitcoin continues to be the overarching manifestation of blockchain technology in the public eye, artists and designers have been using the technology to explore new representations of social and cultural economies, and to redesign the art world as we see it today.

This summit will focus on potential impacts, technical affordances and opportunities for developing new blockchain technologies for fairer, more dynamic and connected cultural ecologies and economies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.daowo.org/#the-2019-blockchain-art-knowledge-sharing-summit
 
Description DMA - Value of Data: Co-creating value in the digital economy 
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 Join us for a lecture on co-creating value in the digital economy at DataFest 2019. Delivered by Professor Chris Speed from the University of Edinburgh, this is your first taste of a new understanding of value for your business, your customer and the UK's data and marketing industry.
The way so many of us think about value must change.
20th century business models as prescribed by producers - and pushed to consumers - are past and outdated.
The 21st digital economy - led by the UK data and marketing industry championed by the DMA - rests on complex networks of people, artefacts and bots to support the feedback of data, powered by the co-creation of value.
These dynamic relationships can be described as value constellations.
Join us for a DMA data ethics lecture at DataFest 2019 that explores how value is co-created in value constellations, and reveals the implications, risks and opportunities for new business models in the digital economy.
You will learn:
• About the mission to restore and build trust in the brand / consumer conversation
• The benefits to your brand and your customer of establishing a true, universal understanding of the worth of information
• More about the DMA's mission to elevate and champion the role of data - from the classroom to the boardroom - to help your organisations responsibly deliver value to their customers
The session is led by Professor Chris Speed - Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
There his research focuses on the network society, digital art and technology and the Internet of Things.
This lecture is part of a series, and a new DMA campaign - Value of Data.
This campaign - conceived by DMA Scotland and led out of Scotland as a hub of data expertise, FinTech and exciting, innovative start-ups - will drive the data agenda across the UK's data and marketing industry.
You can learn about the DMA's Value of Data campaign, here.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://dma.org.uk/article/value-of-data
 
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 Designing Things with Spending Power, Datafest, Edinburgh 23/03/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Designing Things with Spending Power, Datafest, Edinburgh 23/03/18
Data Summit
22 - 23 March 2018
The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh
A two-day international conference presenting compelling stories on data driven innovation with keynotes, panels, pitches and lots of inspiration.
Invited talk / presentation: https://static1.squarespace.com/static/596fbcc8f14aa1e62eb10b3e/t/5ac4f02670a6ad6580d6944f/1522855982890/Chris+Speed.pdf
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.datafest.global/data-summit/
 
Description Designing Things with Spending Power, MSN CHI Lites, Montreal. 22/04/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Designing Things with Spending Power, MSN CHI Lites, Montreal. 22/04/18

CHI Lites 2018 was an afternoon of six bite-sized talks on the future of life with technology.

An informal counterpart to the 2018 CHI conference on Human-Computer Interaction, which brought thousands of international researchers to the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, CHI Lites offered an exclusive program featuring six of today's foremost thinkers on people and technology. It was a chance for the public to gain an insight into emerging research and take away thought-provoking insights.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://sigchi.org/chi-lites-chris/
 
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 Elsden, Vines: Oxchain Workshop - Making the Blockchain Civic - Amsterdam, June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact 2 day collaborative, speculative workshop between Northumbria University and AUAS (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) exploring what emerging blockchain technologies may mean for the organization of civil society and civic (media) practices? What future imaginaries and design trajectories can we envision that shape these new technologies from a civic perspective?
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Invited 30min Talk about Smart Donations 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk about Smart Donations at BlockchainRMIT & Web3 Melbourne, attended approx. 30 researchers, professionals and companies of the Web3 and Blockchain space in Melbourne. Our talk presented our research to a highly relevant group, sparked interesting questions about our project and research approach and the use of blockchain technologies in the developing sector. Following the presentation we have been approached by attendees across the domain and we are aiming to explore further collaborations/ synergies that result from this talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited 30min Talk about Smart Donations on Fundraising Q3 Report Back - Fundraising Members Oxfam Oz 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk about Smart Donations at the internal Fundraising Q3 Report Back meeting at Oxfam Australia's HQ, attended by staff from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane (approx 40). Our presentation sparked interesting questions about our project, research approach, IP implications, and the use of blockchain technologies in the developing sector. Following the presentation we have been approached by members of staff for further discussions and layed a foundation for a real world trial we will be conduction with Oxfam Oz in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
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 to MVP Presentation Volunteering 
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 a expert meeting/ MVP presentation of RedCross DLT supported volunteering platform. This project is highly relevant to Oxchains volunteering stream and potential collaborations and synergies between the RedCross, TypeHuman, Oxlabs and Oxfam are beeing currently explored.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Invited workshop - Blockchain as slow computing? Oxfam stores, international development and social embededness. Kate Symons, Dec 17. 
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 The workshop introduced blockchain technology and explored the possibilities of resistance in an algorithmic age with academics and students, giving participants an opportunity to explore issues around trust. The workshop demonstrated Design Informatics work in this field and raised the profile of the Oxchain project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
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 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 Nissen; Pschetz: Data Driven Innovation Talk - IPA | The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, 22 Nov 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk to the IPA by Larissa Pschetz and Bettina Nissen to help the advertising community understand the implications of data-driven technology
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Oxfam Head office demonstrations and engagement activity 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The Oxchain project team visited Oxfam HQ in Oxford to engage employees and donors with the research project. The blurb for the event is here: The OxChain team will be visiting Oxfam House in Oxford on Wednesday 22 November. Find us in the Atrium between 9am and 4pm, where you can hear about our research which has involved visiting stores, running co-design workshops, and developing prototypes to deliver insights and design ideas around three themes: The Future of Giving, Blockchain and International Development, and New Value Exchanges in Oxfam Stores.

We want to share our ideas, thinking, and opportunities with you, get your feedback, hear about new projects, and explore potential opportunities for blockchain at Oxfam. We will be available all day in the main atrium at Oxfam HQ to connect and have a chat. Look out for Oxchain tokens we will be giving out, and you can:

- Ask us anything about Blockchain

- Tell us about a project you're working on

- Listen to an OxChain idea

- Interact with the 'Future of Giving'

The audience took a great interest in the project and will be kept up to date with project developments and further opportunities to attend events and make collaborations with Design Informatics
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://oxchain.uk/2017/11/20/test-2/
 
Description Panel contribution. Secure by Design conference, IoTUK, Southbank Centre, London. Sept 12 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Event Description
Secure by design - A Digital Catapult Forum on behalf of IoT UK and Cyber 101

Supported by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport via Digital Catapult's programmes IoT UK and Cyber 101, this one-day event will explore the opportunities and challenges of what it means to be secure by design. Together with representatives from government, industry leaders and academia, we will discuss the challenges of building secure products in a complex IoT supply chain and where responsibility and liability sit within this framework from product design through to retailer and consumer.
This event will host a collaborative workshop and forum for discussion with leading figures from across government, industry and research.

Who should attend?
This event is designed for manufacturers, retailers, startups, government and organisations involved in the internet of things

Why attend?
This is an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts in the field but also to provoke audience opinion and questions throughout the session. There will be the opportunity to network with experts from a range of industries.


Agenda

9.15am - Registration, Coffee & Networking

10am - Key note 1: Building pragmatic and realistic expectations for IoT security: the story behind the UK's Code of Practice for Consumer IoT Security
David Rogers. Founder of Copper Horse Solutions, visiting professor in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics at York St John University, Chair of the GSMA Device Security Group and Exec. Board member of the IoT SF. Author of the UK's Code of Practice for Security in Consumer IoT and services

10.30am - Panel 1: Secure By Design - guidelines, compliance and liability
Secure by Design is a hot topic in IoT consumer manufacturing and a number of organisations are engaged in defining frameworks and guidelines to support the adoption of 'best practice' in the industry. This panel will consider how companies ensure they are compliant with best practice, what 'good enough' looks like given the innumerable variances in function and category of IoT products and the subsequent 'grey-scale' of criticality versus responsibility. We will also look at considerations of liability within the supply-chain, from chip manufacturers to retailers.
Chair - Jamie Harrison, Head of Innovation Programmes, Digital Catapult.

12pm - Lunch

1pm - Keynote 2: Securing the IoT and Beyond
Delivered by Jeremy Watson, CBE FREng FIET FICE DPhil, Professor of Engineering Systems & Vice-Dean (Mission) University College of London

1.30pm - Panel 2: How speculative design and new design methods can plan for security and adoption requirements.
Chris Speed
Paul Coulton
Andy Hudson-Smith
The panel will discuss how speculative design, prototyping and in-field experiments can help designers and developers identify and better plan for security and adoption requirements. This panel will consider how we think about securing the future, how independent research and speculative design as a methodology enables us not only to prepare ourselves for the future but also to plan for the future that we want, and understand trade-off and potential consequences of emerging technology in the IOT arena.
Chair - Rchel Cooper OBE, Distinguished Professor - Design Management and Policy, Director - ImaginationLancaster, Chair - Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
3pm - Closing remarks and Networking
3.30pm - Close
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/secure-by-design-registration-48916154535?utm_source=eb_email&utm_med...
 
Description Rankin, Elsden: Volunteering on the Ledger - Workshop #2: Alternative Currencies - Volunteer Scotland, Edinburgh Nov 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This unique research event is designed to shape an innovative and emerging technology towards the practical needs and aspirations of volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.
Consider different kinds of alternative currencies
Elicit how volunteers are valued, and what volunteers value themselves
Explore how alternative currencies can be used to create and exchange different forms of value for volunteers
Co-create your own alternative currency for the voluntary sector
We are looking for willing participants with an open mind to new technologies and with experience of volunteering and the sector. As a bespoke, design-led workshop, a working knowledge of blockchain is not required. The workshop is highly participative and will use creative practical exercises and novel approaches to convey ideas, connect these with familiar challenges in the sector, and foster mutual understanding and co-creation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://oxchain.uk/2019/01/28/volunteering-on-the-ledger-alternative-currencies/
 
Description Rankin, Elsden: Volunteering on the Ledger - Workshop: Identity Management - Volunteer Scotland, Edinburgh Oct 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This unique research event is designed to shape an innovative and emerging technology towards the practical needs and aspirations of volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations.
Consider what is most important around volunteers' identity
Envision a basis for data portability: what if volunteers could 'own' and permit use of some or all of their identity data?
Discuss potential implications for your organisation - and the wider sector
Co-create a shared system and collaborative ideas, supported by proven design methods and with expert practitioners in the room
We are looking for willing participants with an open mind to new technologies and with experience of volunteering and the sector. As a design-led workshop, a working knowledge of blockchain is not required. The workshop is highly participative and will use creative practical exercises and novel approaches to convey ideas, connect these with familiar challenges in the sector, and foster mutual understanding and co-creation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://oxchain.uk/2019/01/28/2020/
 
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 & Pschetz: Blockchain4EU workshop with EU Policy Lab, Brussels 15-16 November. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Speed & Pschetz: Blockchain4EU workshop with EU Policy Lab, Brussels 15-16 November.
https://blogs.ec.europa.eu/eupolicylab/tag/blockchain4eu/

Pschetz and Speed presented prototypes that are inspired by work by EPSRC activity.The final event of the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations will take place on May 24 2018 at the Berlaymont (Schuman Room), Brussels.

We will gather Blockchain communities and other stakeholders interested in the development or uptake of Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs), counting also with the presence of high level policymakers as Lowri Evans, DG GROW's Director-General, and Vladimir Šucha, DG JRC's Director-General.

Throughout a full-day with multiple sessions, our main goals are to:

launch the project's final report based on research conducted by DG JRC's EU Policy Lab;
present five speculative design prototypes co-created for policy purposes with multiple stakeholders in Health, Advanced Manufacturing, Transportation and Logistics, Energy and Creative Industries.
and engage the audience in a series of interactive dialogues, with a final roundtable on the paths ahead for Blockchain and other DLTs in industrial / non-financial sectors.

The project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations is a forward looking exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other DLTs for non-financial / industry spaces. It aims to identify, discuss and communicate possible uses and impacts of Blockchain and other DLT based objects, networks and services in specific sectors and use cases. To know more about the project, its main activities, and its research intersections between Science and Technology Studies, Foresight and Horizon Scanning, and Design for Policy, please visit the projects's webpage in this blog.

#Blockchain4EU is coordinated by DG JRC's EU Policy Lab / Foresight, Behavioural Insights & Design for Policy Unit (I.2) in collaboration with DG GROW's Innovation Policy and Investment for Growth Unit (F.1).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blogs.ec.europa.eu/eupolicylab/tag/blockchain4eu/
 
Description Speed & Turner, Edinburgh University & Deloitte Digital: Design collision event, reimagining signage with StageCoach 
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 Speed & Turner, Edinburgh University & Deloitte Digital: Design collision event, reimagining signage with StageCoach

Smart public travel services design workshop with/for Stagecoach UK.

3rd April 2018

Deloitte Digital, Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Speed, C. "Bitcoin & Blockchain: what goes up must come down...and up, and down..." Edinburgh Business School 26/04/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Speed, C. "Bitcoin & Blockchain: what goes up must come down...and up, and down..." Edinburgh Business School 26/04/18

Will cryptocurrencies reshape the financial system, alongside blockchain, the public ledger of all cryptocurrency transactions? Come and participate in a discussion led by a panel of industry experts.



Tim Jones CBE, Founder of Tibado and former CEO Nat West Retail, Also, former CEO of the National Employment Savings Trust (NEST)

Bill McCall (panel chair), Senior Vice-President, Chartered Banker Institute

Professor Chris Speed (panellist), Chair in Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art

Stephen Ingledew (panellist), CEO, FinTech Scotland

Will cryptocurrencies reshape the financial system, remain a niche product for a select group of enthusiasts or become a regulated part of the mainstream? And what of blockchain, the secure distributed ledger technology behind Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies?

Critics argue that there are several impediments built in - around regulation, scalability, volatility and governance, to say nothing of the huge energy use - which will prevent cryptocurrencies becoming the peer-to-peer electronic cash systems envisioned by Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto and others. The lack of intermediaries, while cherished by Bitcoin proponents, is unlikely to go down well with a mass market which dislikes having no rights, no recourse, no guarantees and no legal coverage. As Mark Carney's recent remarks demonstrated, it doesn't go down well with regulators either.

Meanwhile, blockchain also has its critics. The complexity of the underlying technology, concerns over settlement times and customer protection, as well as regulatory challenges has brought its effectiveness into question. And is blockchain as secure as we believe? The advent of quantum computing brings this into focus.

Come and hear the latest thoughts on cryptocurrencies and blockchain from a group of industry and academic experts.

Coffee/registration from 18:00. The event will be followed at 20:00 by a networking drinks reception.

This event is being held jointly with the Chartered Bodies Alliance (comprising the Chartered Banker Institute and Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment) and the CFA Society of the UK.

The Business School is also running this event with the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a university wide collaborative project designed to tackle the world's biggest challenges within the economy, education and societies.
Venue
Auditorium
University of Edinburgh Business School
29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Lothian EH8 9JS, United Kingdom
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://tinker.uebs.ed.ac.uk/event/bitcoin-blockchain-what-goes-up-must-come-down-and-up-and-down
 
Description Speed, C. Data Driven Innovation guest lecture at IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) 10/05/18 Edinburgh 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed, C. Data Driven Innovation guest lecture at IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising) 10/05/18 Edinburgh

What do Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain have in common? As well as being two of today's hottest buzzwords and themes in Magic & The Machines, they are also flag bearers for Data Driven Innovation (DDI).

DDI is defined as the challenge to make effective use of data to shape, develop and deliver innovative products and services to consumers and citizens. DDI is providing new insights into society and reconfiguring what we know about how we live. Prof.Chris Speed will give us an insight into a data driven near future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.ipa.co.uk/page/scotland-members-reception--speakers#.Wz4GGX4naIY
 
Description Speed, C. Data Driven Innovation, Keynote talk at Falmouth Innovation event 14/06/18 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Speed, C. Data Driven Innovation, Keynote talk at Falmouth Innovation event 14/06/18

University of Falmouth away day to understand the implications of research in the digital economy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Speed, C., Turner, M., Macdonald, J., Rankin, J. Designing things with spending power (Inverness and live online), Highlands and Islands Enterprise, 5th December 2019 
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 Description

The rise of the digital currency Bitcoin, along with its supporting technology Blockchain, offers a radical new model of peer-to-peer trading, which raises questions about our existing economic models, and threatens to undermine long accepted financial power structures. The world has changed. The push economy that has long dominated the way we consume products and services has been disrupted by a new pull economy, characterised by platforms such as Uber and Airbnb, where consumers take part in providing and shaping the services provided. This has precipitated an explosion of new products and thinking around decentralised trading of goods and services.

Design Informatics and Design In Action bring two sessions to Inverness on 5 Dec:

10:30-12:30 Lego BlockExchange - Interactive Workshop *attend in-person only

12:30 Light lunch

13:30-14:30 Seminar: Designing things with Spending Power *attend in-person, or watch online

*Please note the workshop in the morning cannot be live-streamed as the interactive nature of the activity requires participation.


More info:

Lego BlockExchange Workshop (10:30-12:30)

Explore the future of value beyond money in a dynamic workshop activity, run by you!

The Lego BlockExchange workshop is a toolkit is a for anyone interested in exploring this rapidly developing new territory. Block Exchange is a fast-paced workshop activity that will open minds to alternative means of value exchange. Using Lego to simulate the Blockchain, participants will 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 where anything goes!

The session will be delivered by Professor Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh, and his team.


Designing things with spending power (13:30-14:30)

Design Informatics Seminar by Professor Chris Speed

What happens when we give physical things wallets containing digital currencies? How can this alter power relationships and shift social dynamics? Chris Speed will explore these questions by highlighting the use of smart contracts in design, from a coffee machine that lets you vote for your coffee bean and pays those who clean it, to a hairdryer that trades on the energy market to offer the best price for drying your hair. As objects are connected to the Internet, forming the 'Internet of Things', Chris asks what happens when technologies are given their own spending power, and what this implies for the human.

About Chris Speed

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Interaction Design, and The Internet of Things. At present Chris is working on funded projects that include coffee cups as cryptocurrencies, internet of toilet roll holders, and an argument that chickens are actually robots. Chris co-directs the Centre for Design Informatics Research that is home to a combination of researchers working across the fields of interaction design, temporal design, anthropology, software engineering and smart contracts, as well as PhD, MA/MFA and MSc and Advanced MSc programmes.

The session will take place at #hellodigital within An Lochran, 10 Inverness Campus. Accessible car parking is available to the rear of An Lòchran.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/designing-things-with-spending-power-inverness-and-live-online-ticket...
 
Description Speed, Chris, Symons, Kate: Apocalyptic Design in the Capitalocene: Every-day Geopolitics and Blockchain. Workshop paper for Avoiding Ecocidal Smart Cities: Participatory Design for More-than-Human Futures. Participatory Design Conference, Hasselt & Genk, Belgium. 21st August 2018. 
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 Speed presented a paper at the following workshop, part of the Participatory Design Conference
https://pdc2018.org/


Call for Participation

Many early adopters of sustainable smart city technology employed a technocratic approach. The dominant visions of these future cities, such as in the "eco smart city" [19], address environmental sustainability through the optimisation and rationalisation of urban processes, making them more efficient and therefore more sustainable. However, critics claim that such approaches are too simplistic, are unable to deal with the complexities of real, messy cities [19] and perform sustainability in specific ways that leave little room for participation and citizen agency [7,11,19]. Furthermore, the technocratic approach limited the actual social benefit people could expect from their urban habitat, and this has led to a participatory turn in smart cities [e.g. [1,12]. For example, many local governments have started using human-centred and participatory design for the integration of technology in urban environments to address issues of sustainability.

However, the turn to participation within smart cities fails to address a human-exceptionalist notion of cities, in which urban space is designed for, and inhabited by, humans only. Within the age of the Anthropocene - a term used to refer to a new geological era in which human activity is transforming earth systems [16], accelerating climate change and causing mass extinctions [18] - a human-centred perspective is increasingly seen as untenable. In fields such as STS [10,13], environmental humanities [15,17], geography [2,21], planning [16], design [5,8,25] and HCI [24], scholars are expanding and challenging traditional binaries of Western thought such as City/Nature, Human/Non-human, to consider the entanglements between human and nonhuman worlds including in urban contexts, and the ways in which we can conduct participatory research in morethan- human worlds, in order to overcome problematic narratives of human privilege and exceptionalism.

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to move the field of participatory design for sustainable smart cities forward by bringing together designers, practitioners, and researchers to explore what it means to co-design genuinely sustainable cities that take into account the ways in which cities and nature, and humans and non-humans are interrelated and interdependent, for the co-creation of environmentally and socially just postanthropocentric cities. We aim to develop new conceptions that move away from traditional binaries and open up new possibilities for thinking about participatory design for urban environments in hybrid digital-physical space. We also aim to explore practical ideas about how more-than-human perspectives can shape actual participatory design practices and policies related to cities. For example, we might explore design responses to new legal rights of non-humans such as trees and rivers [20] and how their participation is negotiated in urban processes in hybrid digitalphysical space [4].
Workshop Topics of Interests

The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to the following:

Participatory design and use of smart cities, urban informatics and IoT technologies that explore human/morethan- human relations;
Methodological approaches, including opportunities and challenges for designing in more-than-human worlds;
Speculative designs, design fictions, and art projects;
Ethical and legal considerations, e.g. design responses to a new legal status of nature; • Designs that decentre the human or privilege other species;
Cultural aspects of sustainable smart cities in this space;
Theoretical perspectives from the literature e.g. Anthropocene, Capitalocene [18], Chthulucene [13], and;
"World-making", what could a more-than-human city be?

Audience

We welcome researchers and practitioners working on design cases, prototype development and artistic installations, as well as those working on theoretical, critical, legal, or ethical perspectives, including those from STS, environmental humanities, and other disciplines. We welcome methodological contributions, such as object-oriented ontology [3], non-human ethnographies [22], speculative design, and actor-network and assemblage theories related to decentring the human in design.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://pd4more.urbaninformatics.net/cfp/
 
Description Speed, Chris. Future of Work, Pecha Kucha, Whisky Bond, Glasgow, 25th Oct, 2018. 
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 As the age of automation looms, we are now more so than ever at risk of losing elements of our day to day responsibilities or our jobs entirely. In the recent proliferation of 'bullshit jobs' that occupy more and more nuanced versions of traditional work, is this impending future in fact something we should look forward to rather than dread? Are we really 'hardwired to work' as capitalism has lead us to believe? Or, if freed from the clock-in clock-out system are we instead offered a more tranquil, more social and more engaged human experience?

Pecha Kucha is a simple idea - 20 images for 20 seconds each making talks that last just 6:40mins. In this format, we will hear from different thinkers, artists, organisations and political groups to address the question of the future of work and present ideas on how our developing work-culture might affect our way of life, our economy, our cities and professions.

80 approx people attended with PETRAS content warmly received
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.thewhiskybond.co.uk/pecha-kucha-talks-future-of-work/
 
Description Speed, Chris. 'Blockchain 101' - the impact of distributed ledger technologies that offer the opportunity for "truly lifelong learning". Invited talk for EduTech Further & Higher 2018, Glasgow 14th November 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk for...

Description

Welcome to EduTech Scotland - the latest in a series of Futurescot events aimed at exploring the impact of digital technologies on further and higher education in Scotland.
EduTech Scotland is a full-day, interactive conference which looks at the next steps in the progression of Scotland's national digital learning strategy.

It will examine how the sector is responding to huge digital disruption, and how it can best harness new technologies to enhance pedagogy, improve services and support the lifelong learning experience.

We are delighted to be welcoming some of the leading digital educators from across Scotland and the UK to share the latest knowledge and best practice on subjects as diverse as 'k-hubs', 'teaching the teachers', upskilling whole communities and digital strategising for the future.

Join us for fully-interactive plenary sessions, case studies and panel discussions, as EduTech Scotland considers how FE/HE can keep up with the rapid pace of change, remaining innovative and competitive - amidst the threats and opportunities of automation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://futurescotevents.com/edutech-scotland/speakers
 
Description Speed, Chris. Apocalyptic Design. Invited talk for Pecha Kucha / Future of Work, Glasgow, 25th October 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk for:

As the age of automation looms, we are now more so than ever at risk of losing elements of our day to day responsibilities or our jobs entirely. In the recent proliferation of 'bullshit jobs' that occupy more and more nuanced versions of traditional work, is this impending future in fact something we should look forward to rather than dread? Are we really 'hardwired to work' as capitalism has lead us to believe? Or, if freed from the clock-in clock-out system are we instead offered a more tranquil, more social and more engaged human experience?

Pecha Kucha is a simple idea - 20 images for 20 seconds each making talks that last just 6:40mins. In this format, we will hear from different thinkers, artists, organisations and political groups to address the question of the future of work and present ideas on how our developing work-culture might affect our way of life, our economy, our cities and professions.

Speakers:

Cleo Goodman - Citizens Basic Income Network Scotland
Georgia Horgan - Artist
Dr David Sweeney - GSA
Oscar Mckay - Designer
Allan Young - Scottish Green Party Cllr
Sophia Grant - Skills Development Scotland
Lorenzo & Dominika - Still Not Quite studio
Shona Lesley - Artist
Cat Boyd - Writer, campaigner & trade unionist
Chris Speed - ECA
Scottish Artist Union
Isabella Bunnell - Snook
Brian Weaver - ImpactHub Inverness
Matthew Higgs - Streamba
GIGLY
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.thewhiskybond.co.uk/pecha-kucha-talks-future-of-work/
 
Description Speed, Chris. Contribution to panel on creative skills. Places of Creative Production: Future Skills, Dundee. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Glasgow School of Art in partnership with Abertay University are delighted to invite you to Save the Date, Fri 1st Feb 2019 for a one-day event exploring the skills agenda in relation to the Creative Industries and the cultural ecology in which these industries sit. The day will be introduced by a keynote speech from the Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop MSP.

PROGRAMME:

9.45 - 10.00 Registration

10.00 - 10.15 Introduction and Welcome; Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam, Director of Glasgow School of Art

10.15 - 10.45 Keynote speech; Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs.

The following four panel sessions will be Chaired by Jean Cameron and Gillian Easson (Creative Dundee).

10.45 -11.45 Session 1: Skills Gaps; Evidence and Identifiers.

Presentations, panel debate and audience q&a/discussion featuring Eliza Easton, Head of Policy Unit, CI Policy and Evidence Centre, Nesta; David Martin, Manager for Creative Industries, Skills Development Scotland; Scott Donaldson, Acting Head of Screen, Creative Scotland.

11.45 - 12.10 Coffee

12.10 - 12.25 Session 2: Creative Skills Employers.

Presentations, panel debate and audience q&a/ discussion featuring Paul Murray, Executive Producer, Mentorn Media; Steve Dunlop, CEO Scottish Enterprise; Jamie Jefferson, CCO & Co-Owner, Equator; Emma Turner, HR and Recruitment Manager, Outplay Games.

13.10-14.15 Lunch (Buffet lunch included)

14.15 - 15.15 Session 3: Creative skills trainers/educators.

Presentations, panel debate and audience q&a/ discussion featuring Prof Vicky Gunn, Head of Learning and Teaching, GSA; Prof Gregor White, Abertay University; Prof Kate Oakley, Head of Culture and Creative Arts/Professor of Cultural Policy, University of Glasgow; Prof Chris Speed, Professor of Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art.

15.15-16.15 Session 4: Creative Industries practitioners' experience.

Presentations, panel debate and audience q&a/ discussion Chaired by Gillian Easson featuring Briana Pegado, Arts Festival Manager & Social Innovator; Nicola Wiltshire, Visual Artist and Eilidh MacLeod, Game Designer, Outplay

16: 15: Closing Remarks: Professor Nigel Seaton, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Abertay University.

This event is part of GSA's 'Places of Creative Production' series of symposia supported by Creative Scotland and SFC.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/places-of-creative-production-future-skills-tickets-53536389783#
 
Description Speed, Chris. Creative Informatics, Creative Industries Federation, Creative Careers and Education workshop, 22nd Novermber 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Invited talk about future of Creative Industries in Data Driven Age - forthcoming Creative Informatics AHRC project
The Federation's Creative Careers and Education working group will meet on 20 November at LAMDA to discuss its creative careers programme, introduce the new Creative Industries Policy Evidence Centre and a progress update on the Creative Industries Cluster Programmes.
Venue
London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
155 Talgarth Road, London, England W14 9DA
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.creativeindustriesfederation.com/events
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing Things with Spending Power. Invited talk for Coimbra Group & Group Montevideo (AUGM) Summer School: Smart and Inclusive Cities, Edinburgh. 4th July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact https://www.ed.ac.uk/contemporary-latin-american-studies/events/summer-school

Talk as part of this summer school:

The Coimbra Group & Asociacion De Universidades Grupo Montevideo (AUGM) present

'Smart and Inclusive Cities' Summer School

The aim of this summer school is to review, discuss and propose means to achieve more inclusive, equal, sustainable and safe cities.

'Smart cities' have been the focus of a range of research approaches in the recent past and, although the importan
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ed.ac.uk/contemporary-latin-american-studies/events/summer-school
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing Things with Spending Power. Invited talk for Fast Forward, FinTech industry event, Edinburgh, 27th November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk to FinTech Scotland / University of Edinburgh Fast Forward event.

Industry representatives attending Fast Forward Fintech
· 23 attendees from 10 companies have confirmed they will be joining us:
o Barclays (3)
o Clydesdale (1)
o Prudential (1)
o Royal London (1)
o FNZ (3)
o Origo (3)
o RBS (4)
o Blackrock (1)
o Avaloq (2)
o Lloyds Banking (4)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.fintechscotland.com/why-scotland/
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing Things with Spending Power. Invited talk for IPA Scotland Member's Reception, 10th May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Award show with industry filled audience at the IPA Scotland Members' Reception heard from Professor Chris Speed, Programme Director, Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh about artificial intelligence, blockchain and a data driven future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ipa.co.uk/news/ipa-scotland-student-advertising-awards-shortlist-to-receive-paid-internships...
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing Things with Spending Power. Invited talk for Morningside Justice and Peace group, 23rd January 2019 
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 Invited talk to the Morningside Justice and Peace group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://morningsidejandp.org/
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing Things with Spending Power. Invited talk for Understanding Blockchain for Business, Belfast, 17th January 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Description

Most businesses have heard of Bitcoin as a blockchain technology and don't appreciate it has wider applications. The aim of this event is to give the business community an understanding of what blockchain is and its potential uses. The event will give businesses a basic understanding of blockchain and then look at more advanced uses. There will be an opportunity for networking and Belfast Met staff and presenters will be around afterwards to discuss any potential ideas or to get a better understanding of your particular sector.

We are thrilled to have Matt Lucas, a member of IBMs Global Blockchain Engagement Team, with us to share his knowledge. Matt is an expert in his field and travels the world addressing seminars and helping clients understand and adopt blockchain technologies to solve business requirements in a range of industries such as finance, the public sector, manufacturing and retail.

Details of Event

8:30 Arrival of attendees with Coffee/Tea and Breakfast

9:00 What is Blockchain and why do I care?

Martin Naughton - Smart Tech Lecturer at Belfast Met

9:25 New Transformative Blockchain Applications - Beyond Bitcoin

Matt Lucas - IBM Global Blockchain Engagement Team

Blockchain is about more than cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. There are changes coming that will blow your mind. Will they threaten the existence of many traditional businesses and be the growth engine of others? How is it providing the foundation for exciting new generation business process applications? What are those applications? Which sectors could be the winners and which the losers? If you want to gain some insights as to who and what may be the Blockchain equivalent in 10 years of recent arrivals like Amazon and eBay with multi-billion £ valuations then is this an opportunity you can't miss.

10:00 Designing Things with Spending Power

Chris Speed - Professor of Design Informatics at Edinburgh University

What happens when we give physical things wallets containing digital currencies? How can this alter power relationships and shift social dynamics? Chris Speed will explore these questions by highlighting the use of smart contracts in design, from a coffee machine that lets you vote for your coffee bean and pays those who clean it, to a hairdryer that trades on the energy market to offer the best price for drying your hair. As objects are connected to the Internet, forming the 'Internet of Things', Chris asks what happens when technologies are given their own spending power, and what this implies for the human.

10:30 Closing and networking opportunities

11:00 Event closed


This event is free to attend and is funded by the Connected programme and by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT Northern Ireland Branch.

Belfast Met run a range of programmes to help your business develop new products, services and processes. Talk to the team about how Belfast Met can help your business or contact us directly at cedsi@belfastmet.ac.uk
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/understanding-blockchain-for-business-tickets-53850729983#
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing Things with Spending Power. Invited talk for What the Block - making Blockchain more Human, IDA Innovate, Copenhagen, 9th July 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact https://www.meetup.com/What-The-Block/
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-the-block-making-blockchain-more-human-tickets-46611033857

Description

The first meet-up in a series of events looking to bring design thinking and the blockchain together to make this technology more accessible, more human and to spark ideas on its uses.

By now you've all heard about Blockchain. You might even understand how it works. But do you really understand its potential? Join us at IDA Innovate for the first in our series of events exploring the blockchain, helping you to understand why this technology matters.

Session #1: The Internet of Value

To kick-off the series, we will be joined by the Professor Chris Speed, chair of Design Informatics at Edinburgh University, who will share his take on Blockchain as the Internet of Value, through a series of imaginative projects that make use of the features of distributed ledger technology. Joining Chris on stage will be Cyrus Clarke, co-founder of What The Block.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/what-the-block-making-blockchain-more-human-tickets-46611033857
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing things with Spending Power, Invited talk, Starbucks HQ, Seattle USA, March 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Presentation to staff convened by the Chief Data Scientist of Starbucks to discuss the role of design in supply chains
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Speed, Chris. Designing things with Spending Power, Invited talk: Mathematics for Industry: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies, University of Manchester. Sep 8 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Chris Speed presented work at:

Mathematics for Industry: Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies Conference 2018
8 September 2018
Venue: Alan Turing Building, School of Mathematics, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13

The School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester are excited to be hosting a one day workshop on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The workshop will feature invited talks from academics and those in industry, in addition to contributed talks and a poster session. The aim of the workshop is to strengthen the ties and bridge the gap between academics and industry, and also enthusiasts, and to provide an opportunity to share research and developments in blockchain and cryptocurrencies.

The workshop theme will be "Mathematics for Industry", with a focus on the growing area of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The format will be a one-day workshop with parallel sessions, with a lunch break and a reception in the evening.

The conference is open to students, academics, and those working in industry. We have limited financial support available for PhD students. This covers the cost of the conference fee and includes an extra £100 to cover transportation/subsistence costs. Given the availability of funding, this will be competitive and the selection process will be conducted by the organising committee. Priority will be given to PhD students presenting talks or posters. In addition, the best student poster will be awarded a prize!

Call for Papers

The programme will consist of invited and contributed talks throughout the day, in addition to a poster session in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the number of contributed talks is limited and so we may invite the authors of some submitted abstracts to present a poster instead. The workshop is open to topics including, but not limited to:

* Academic research on Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

* Industrial applications of Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

* Applications of Fintech in academia and industry

* The economics of Blockchain technology

* Financial analysis and risk management with Cryptocurrencies


For further details about the conference and submission instructions, see our website: https://blockchain-mcr.github.io/

Important dates:

* Submission of Abstracts: 28th May 2018 to 27th July 2018

* Notification of acceptance: by 10th August 2018

* Registration: from 28th May 2018

* Workshop: 8th September 2018

Organising Committee:

* Dr. Stephen Chan (American University of Sharjah)

* Dr. Jeffrey Chu (University of Manchester)

* Dr. Saralees Nadarajah (University of Manchester)

* Dr. Athanasios Pantelous (Monash University)

* Dr. Shou Hsing Shih (American University of Sharjah)

* Ms. Yuanyuan Zhang (University of Manchester)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.datascience.manchester.ac.uk/events-1/events/mathematics-for-industry-blockchain-and-cryp...
 
Description Speed, Chris. Innovation in the age of Artificial Intelligence: an executive's guide. Invited talk, Edinburgh Business School. 4th October. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Innovation in the age of Artificial Intelligence: an executive's guide

Fran Cardells, strategy director at Salesforce, will discuss how the world's most innovative companies use data to transform user experiences through improving experimentation, creativity and product/market fit.

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Thursday 4 October 2018
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18:30-20:00
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Fran Cardells; Strategy Director; Salesforce
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Professor Chris Speed; Chair in Design Informatics; University of Edinburgh College of Art

Overview

This session will comprise presentations by Fran Cardells, business innovation executive at Salesforce who will be followed by Professor Chris Speed, who will speak on 'More than Human Machines'.

Drawing on examples from the world's most innovative companies, Fran looks at how value creation is supercharged with data to boost experimentation, automate creativity, accelerate product/market fit, re-imagine business models and transform user experiences

Chris will then ask what happens when we give physical things wallets containing digital currencies. How can this alter power relationships and shift social dynamics? Chris will explore these questions by highlighting the use of smart contracts in design, from a coffee machine that lets you vote for your coffee bean and pays those who clean it, to a hairdryer that trades on the energy market to offer the best price for drying your hair. As objects are connected to the Internet, forming the 'Internet of Things', Chris asks what happens when technologies are given their own spending power, and what this implies for humans.
About Salesforce

Salesforce is a leading provider of customer relationship management (CRM) products which utilise the tools of the fourth Industrial Revolution - robotics, AI, the Internet of Things, and more.
Speaker profiles

Fran Cardells is a business innovation executive working at the intersection of smart business models, deep technologies and data intelligence. Based in London, Fran works for some of the most innovative companies: previously Google; now Salesforce as Strategy Director, leading intelligence applications. Fran is an advisor to Corporate Ventures.

Fran began his career as a scientist, researching both in academia and industry (HP Labs), focusing on data analysis with emerging computational architectures. Fran holds a Master's degree from HEC Paris, France, has obtained a PhD in computer science, is a recipient of a Marie Curie Fellowship, and has pursued advanced business education at Harvard University, USA.

Fran's cause is overcoming inequality with education and is committed to helping younger generations find their passion, prepare for the workplace of the future, and develop creativity skills to succeed in a digital world.

Professor Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh where his research focuses upon the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and The Internet of Things. Chris has sustained a critical enquiry into how network technology can engage with the fields of art, design and social experience through a variety of international digital art exhibitions, funded research projects, books journals and conferences.

This event is being co-hosted by the Edinburgh Futures Institute, a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to address some of society's most pressing concerns.

Coffee and registration from 18:00. The event will be followed by a networking drinks reception
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.business-school.ed.ac.uk/event/innovation-in-the-age-of-artificial-intelligence-an-execu...
 
Description Speed, Chris. Invited talk at EUROCITIES 2018 conference study tour, Edinburgh, 30th November 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Invited talk during EUROCITIES 2018 tour of research centres

Creative competitive cities - building our future together EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh on 28-30 November will take place at a critical time for Europe, against the backdrop of the UK's decision to leave the European Union, and a year ahead of the European elections. In a turbulent world of unprecedented change and uncertainty cities are even more vital for Europe's future, being the drivers of inclusive and sustainable growth, jobs and innovation.

At this decisive moment in Europe's history, EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh will bring together participants from across Europe, from different levels of governance and amongst citizens, to discuss our future focusing on two interconnected strands:
Citizenship and democracy

While national governments continue to debate and make decisions on future national and institutional ties, cities will continue to reach out and build key bilateral and multilateral connections on a European and global scale.

Ahead of the European Parliament elections in 2019, EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh will be an opportunity for cities from across Europe to reinforce our position that EU institutions and member states must work with us, to empower citizens to engage with and understand the importance of the European project for all.

Within the EUROCITIES 'Cities4Europe - Europe for citizens' campaign, we will be collecting, analysing and drawing up recommendations for active democratic citizens' participation in all levels of government, and which we will also take forward to the European Commission and the European Parliament in our mayors' summit 2019.

Edinburgh 2018 will provide us with the occasion to discuss and validate this evidence of cities' engagement with citizens.
Culture - a smart investment for our future

Cities need creativity, collaboration and international connections to unlock solutions to urban challenges and to enrich the quality of life of their citizens and secure their future inclusion and prosperity.

Creativity and social innovation can help stimulate new solutions to address the challenges cities face, such as unemployment, climate change, political alienation.

During EUROCITIES 2018 Edinburgh we will explore how culture can build stronger ties between communities, bringing people together to learn from each other, broaden horizons and build relationships, opening up new ways of communication and understanding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.eurocities.eu/eurocities/calendar/events_list/EUROCITIES-2018-Edinburgh-WSPO-ATDSC6
 
Description Speed, Chris. Panel contribution: AHRC Beyond Conference, Barbican, London 13th November 2018 
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 Panel contribution to: BEYOND SKILLS: BUILDING A TRULY CREATIVE WORKFORCE

PANEL SESSION: What does it mean to prepare for the work of the future? What skills will be needed and is it true either that creativity is a core requirement or, indeed, that creative industries disciplines are more resistant to automation and artificial intelligence than many other sectors. What approaches to education are required for diversity and creative excellence to thrive and why does it matter?

> Hasan Bakhshi, Director, Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre
> Kate O'Connor, Co-Director, Creative Media Labs (Chair)
> Dr Doris Eikhof, Deputy Director, CAMEo Research Institute, University of
Leicester
> Amanda Murphy, Executive Producer, National Centre for Immersive Storytelling
> Professor Chris Speed, Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh

Beyond is the research and development (R&D) conference for the creative industries. Featuring leading thinkers and practitioners, Beyond will explore the dynamic relationship between research, academia and business innovation, bringing together business leaders, creatives, researchers, policy makers, journalists, funders and anyone with an interest in the future.

The Beyond conference programme will feature speaker sessions, panel discussions and thought-provoking presentations. There will also be video presentations to showcase the recently launched Creative Industries Cluster Programme and the National Centre for Immersive Storytelling.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://beyondconference.org/
 
Description Speed, Chris. Participation in Scottish Government Workshop on Tech Trend Scenarios, 3rd December, 2018 
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 The Strategic Insights Unit of the Scottish Government is pursuing a
programme of work centred around the impact of technology in Scotland. The
programme focuses on how Scotland can better exploit the opportunities and
mitigate the risks associated with technological change in the mid-term
future.
The Unit has commissioned Frost and Sullivan to work with them in building
a set of scenarios around potential technological trends, which will be
used to help test a range of policy responses across Scottish Government.
Scenarios are a tool for dealing with uncertainty and are used to develop
policies and strategies that are robust, resilient, flexible and
innovative. The aim of developing scenarios is to:
·Create a common understanding, language and vision to use when
developing policies that are resilient to a range of possible
technological change scenarios; and
·Gain insights into opportunities and threats in these different
scenarios, with external expert advice and challenge.

This report sets out the process that has been undertaken to date for
identifying the main technological trends and drivers of change, and the
results of the initial impact and uncertainty assessment. This is the first
step in the process of developing fully fledged scenarios. The aim of this
step was to assess whether the trend has an impact on Scotland and how
uncertain the development of the trend is over the designated
2025-2035timeframe.

The current draft report
Is not complete. The tech trends summaries are very short summaries. See
pages 13-31. This will be amended over time to include more detailed
narrative points. See pages 33-38 as example.
The 'scoring' of impact vz uncertainty is based on clear criteria ; but the
judgments are broadly qualitative in nature. The critical uncertainties on
slide 41 are those trends identified as high impact and highly uncertain.
These critically uncertain trends we use as the basis of the scenarios.

Where we are in the process
We have gone through the process of mapping all the trends against
impact /uncertainty; and have been through one review process. We are
currently drafting scenarios to be used in a workshop process with
stakeholders on Monday 3rd December. After this we will finalise scenarios;
and we will also finalise the
Tech Trends report.

Workshop Details are:
Mon Dec 3rd
2-5pm
Conference rooms 4 and 5, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Speed, Chris. The Robots are Here! Panel member, Festival of Politics, Scottish Parliament, Oct 11-13th 2018. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Robots Are Coming!

Date: Saturday 13 October

Time: 11.15 to 12.45

Cost: £6.00/£4.00

Chairs: Jackie Baillie MSP

Participants: Professor Chris Speed, Victoria Turk, Aaron Fernandez, Louise Smith

Tags: economic development, Economy, ethics, future, robotics, technology

In partnership with Scotland's Futures Forum

Increased automation of jobs, industry and public services is perceived by many as a short-cut to a utopian post-capitalist future. Join chair Jackie Baillie MSP and panellists Professor Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh; Victoria Turk, Senior Editor, Wired UK; Aaron Fernandez, Communic18; and Louise Smith, Head of Digitisation, Personal and Business Banking, RBS, to discuss whether technology liberates us from work or drives down wages and entrenches inequality
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://festivalofpolitics.scot/events/the-robots-are-coming/
 
Description Speed, Chris. When Things Have Wallets. Invited talk. 20th February 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited talk for the Thing Centred Design Course at TUDelft supported by Mozilla.
Thing-Centered Design is a way of researching and designing that looks into the creative possibilities as well as the ethical dilemmas of post-industrial design. The course offers a
toolbox of unconventional design methods that will complement your human-centered design skills and expand your ability to frame and solve problems
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://online-learning.tudelft.nl/courses/thing-centered-design/
 
Description Speed, Chris: An Internet of Things as Citizens, Conference Contribution, Holyrood's Connect Conference, Holyrood, Edinburgh. 27th June 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Scotland's refreshed digital strategy commits to designing and delivering 'digital public services around the needs of users'.
But how can we close the gap between policy, service design and delivery to unlock the transformational benefits digital affords?
Holyrood's 8th Annual Connect conference, Scotland's premier Public Sector ICT conference, brings together professionals from across Scotland and beyond to examine the latest developments, practice and innovation.
Using our redesigned format that features sessions co-designed with our speakers and delegates to ensure we cover the hottest topics, we will challenge our delegates to get involved, to pose questions, share ideas and learn from colleagues facing similar challenges. Attendance will give you the chance to develop your digital transformation strategy and to consider new approaches to how you redesign public service delivery.
Not only will you be able to meet with colleagues from across the public sector, you will also have the chance to meet some of the most innovative technology suppliers who will be on hand to answer your questions and to guide you through a whole technology.
This is a great opportunity to hear some of the most exciting case studies, create a strategic action plan to support your objectives and get a clearer understanding of the most innovative solutions available to the market.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://connect.holyrood.com/about-event
 
Description Speed, Coulton & Jain: IoTUK PETRAS Conference session 3: How design fictions and future scenarios 
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 Speed, Coulton & Jain: IoTUK session 3: How design fictions and future scenarios can help to steer innovation in the Internet of Things. Panel session, Living in the Internet of Things: A PETRAS, IoTUK & IET Conference, Forum & Exhibition, IET, London 29/03/18

IoTUK session 3: How design fictions and future scenarios can help to steer innovation in the Internet of Things
Room: Riverside
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://events.theiet.org/petras/programme.cfm
 
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: Chairing of Conference: Research Through Design, National Museum of Scotland, 22-24/03/17 
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 Speed: Chairing of Conference: Research Through Design, National Museum of Scotland, 22-24/03/17 The third edition of the conference was chaired by Chris Speed and Ian Lambert and was held at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, UK, 22-24 March 2017. The museum context provided an exciting venue for exploring new and emerging disciplines of making, and a unique opportunity for RTD conference exhibits to be juxtaposed with curated NMS artefacts and collections, challenging contemporary and future notions of value and expertise.
Through the theme 'New Disciplines of Making - Shared Knowledge in Doing', the 2017 chairs continued a discussion and debate exploring how the artefacts and processes of practice-based research can become tangible outcomes. The conference programme explored ideas around the nature of knowledge 'in doing', and how we 'unpick' tacit forms of knowledge arising from processes that are often intuitive and impulsive, and sometimes recognised only on reflection - when the process has ended.
33 out of 233 submissions were included in the final programme, after being peer-reviewed by members of the Programme Committee and reviewers in the growing RTD community.
The RTD 2017 incorporated a number of Provocations alongside presentations and discussions of exhibited work. Invited speakers at RTD included Prof. Elisa Giaccardi of TU Delft, and Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of Studio Swine. As the conference was hosted by NMS, there was rich opportunity to hold two panel discussions that brought museum curators into conversation with design researchers and practitioners about relationships between artefacts, research, and museum spaces.
A new addition to the format for RTD 2017 was a day of workshops, which created the opportunity for researcher-practitioners to be 'hands-on' in making and experimenting and new materials, engaging multiple areas of exploration including printmaking, sandcasting and mapping. More information on the workshops is here. Outputs from experimental making at each workshop were presented back to delegates during the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.researchthroughdesign.org/news/rtd-2017-new-disciplines-of-making-shared-knowledge-in-do...
 
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 Symons, Cooke, Speed, Elsden, Vines: Symposium - OxChain One-Day International Conference: Blockchain and the Global South - London May 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact The OxChain project held a one-day event in London on 22 May at the Coin Street Community Centre in Southwark. Blockchain may radically reconfigure practices in international development finance and delivery, humanitarianism, resource governance, supply chains and other relationships between the Global North and the Global South. The conference explored the challenges and opportunities presented by blockchain to address global challenges within the field of international development. It brought together practitioners, designers and thinkers in blockchain and international development to explore the practical and political implications of this potentially radical technology in four panel sessions: Power, Transparency and Accountability in Blockchain for International Development; Peer-to-Peer Economies (A): Natural Resource Governance; Peer to Peer Economies (B): Supply Chains and Development and Crypto-philanthropy and Development: The Future of Giving? We also had three keynote speakers, Michel Bauwens of the Peer to Peer Foundation, Lord Christopher Holmes, author of Distributed Ledger Technologies for Public Good, and Ric Tighe, Oxfam ICT in-programme to tackle governance, theoretical, practical and ethical challenges. Speakers included academics from disciplines including geography, development and design (UK and international), and practitioners such as Oxfam UK, Australia and the Netherlands, the Overseas Development Institute and the Fairtrade Foundation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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, Deloitte Digital, Design Collision Event - Reimagining Signage 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Spoke to Deloitte Digital marketing team about data driven innovation at Design Collision Event - Reimagining Signage
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Talk, HR Team for Heineken UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Spoke to the HR Team for Heinken UK about Blockchain
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
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 Tesco Bank: Data Pipe Dreams, Edinburgh Art Festival, Assembly Rooms, George Street. August 2018. 
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 Data Pipe Dreams: Glimpses of a Near Future - Exhibition
2 August 2018 - 25 August 2018
11am - 6pm

Design Informatics Pavilion, Outside Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, EH2 2LR

What are the dreams of a data-driven future?

What if your hairdryer could buy energy at 2am and sell it to people drying their hair on a Friday night? What if you could see how sharing your YouTube comments could affect your employability? What if the Blockchain could spark thousands of micro acts of kindness to transform Edinburgh for the better?

You can experience all of this and more at the Design Informatics Pavilion, which showcases prototypes and interactive installations by Design Informatics researchers, Masters students and partners at Tesco Bank. The Pavilion's exhibits investigate the possibilities of designing with data, and how this can enrich or challenge our personal, economic and social lives. Come and have a play and explore what are now data pipe dreams, but not for long

This event is part our Summer at ECA programme during the 2018 Edinburgh Art Festival.
https://www.eca.ed.ac.uk/event/data-pipe-dreams-glimpses-near-future
https://www.designinformatics.org/event/data-pipe-dreams/
https://www.scotsman.com/future-scotland/tech/deedit-app-asks-edinburgh-festival-goers-to-help-out-in-the-city-1-4777781
https://www.insider.co.uk/news/deedit-edinburgh-tesco-social-bite-13020408
https://flic.kr/s/aHskCBdipP
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.designinformatics.org/event/data-pipe-dreams/
 
Description Value Constellations for Gaming. Invited talk: Continue Conference, The British Gaming Institute, Edinburgh Business School. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Invited talk for the Continue Conference, The British Gaming Institute, Edinburgh Business School.

Reported on new economies for gaming, using BitBarista and the work on crypto currencies as case studie
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://thebgi.uk/2018/08/27/continue-edinburgh-report/
 
Description Visit Oxfam Australia, Presentation of Smart Donations to Oxfam OZ 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact We have been invited by Oxfam Australia's innovation group Oxlab Oz to introduce our smart giving platform and to conduct field research and various other engagement activities with Oxfam Australia, its partners and key supporters at Oxfam's Headquarters in Melbourne. Multiple discussion with key supporters and members of the programming, fundraising, finance, it, social media and data team sparked questions and discussion and eventually. We gained an extensive understanding of the domain, gathered expert opinions and insights that significantly improved our research. This visit led to a roadmap towards a 3-weeks real-world trial of our smart donation platform in Australia, fully supported by Oxfam Australia for August / September 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Visit Oxfam GB, Presentation of Smart Donations to Oxfam UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Supporters
Results and Impact We have been presenting our MVP1 of our Smart Donation platform, a novel framework that supports real-world conditional giving to key member in Oxfam UK's fundraising team. We gained expert opinions and insights related to our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop #1 - Ideating Smart Donations 
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 1 day workshop with oxfam staff to introduce and co-create potential smart contracts for our conditional giving platform. This highly interactive workshop of 11 participants created more that 100 proposals.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Workshop, Block Exchange - Exploring the Blockchain through Lego at Franklin Templeton Global Investors Limited 
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 Ran a workshop for Franklin Templeton Global Investors Limited. Workshop is called Block Exchange, exploring the Blockchain through Lego.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/
 
Description Workshop, Block Exchange - Exploring the Blockchain through Lego for Scottish Enterprise 
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 Ran a workshop for Scottish Enterprise called Block Exchange that explores Blockchain through the use of Lego pieces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://blockexchange.designinformatics.org/