The CCL Citizen Science Challenge

CCLlogoCitizen Science is real science done collaboratively by amateurs, volunteers, and enthusiasts around the globe. People are classifying galaxies from their computers, monitoring the health of trees in their community, transcribing weather reports from old naval logs, and gathering data to make a real contribution to scientific research. One emerging branch dubbed “Extreme Citizen Science provides tools that can be used by any individual, regardless of their level of literacy, to collect, analyse and act on information by using established scientific methods. This allows any community to start a Citizen Science project to deal with the issues that concern them – from biodiversity to food production, involving
communities from
housing estates in London to hunter-gatherers and forest villagers in the Congo Basin.

The Brief:

Build a citizen science hack using mobile technology. Anything goes—mobile phones, sensors, wearables, outdoor monitoring stations, balloons, drones…

If you need data, London Air data download is a good place to start

If you need inspiration, check out the wide range of Citizen Science projects listed on SciStarter.

To learn more about Citizen Science, open platforms and tools that are available, and some examples for inspiration, join us on Friday at 12:15 in the Crypt.

CCL PrizeThe Prizes

A LilyPad Starter Kit as 1st Prize, and 4 Espruino Pico’s as 2nd Prizes.


About the Citizen Cyberlab

The Citizen Cyberlab is a consortium of several Universities (UCL, Imperial, University of Geneva & University Paris Descartes) + CERN + UNITAR + The Mobile Collective. Together we are building digital tools and platforms for Citizen Science. Follow us on Twitter at@citizencyberlab.

To find out more about the tools and platforms we’ve been building for Citizen Science, join us on Saturday at 9:30 in the Anteroom.