On 16th March, Naomi and Milan took part in a ‘Pecha Kucha’ event as part of British Science Week. Pecha Kucha is a style of presentation where 20 images are displayed for 20 seconds each, moving on without the control of the presenter. This public engagement event was held at the Belmont Filmhouse in Aberdeen and included researchers from various departments of the University of Aberdeen. It was designed to give a taste of some of the exciting research taking place; from fungus and seahorses, to how language shapes our thoughts.
Naomi gave an overview of the TrustLens project and the Internet of Things, describing how connected devices are being deployed within our cities and how this might have implications for people and communities. The focus of the talk was on how people are at the heart of the TrustLens project, and that we will be using co-design in our work with the Tillydrone community.
Milan focused on a more specific question: the smart devices we are bringing into our homes, how they might be affecting our privacy in ways we are not always aware of, and what we might do to protect ourselves. However, rather than just describe the issues, he told the audience an engaging fairy story, using the fable to describe the situation they might find themselves in.
As the project moves on we’re looking forward to doing many more public events to explain how the work we are doing is relevant to everyone.