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Creative collaboration + mobile innovation
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The Mobile Collective brings people together to work on exciting new mobile and web projects. We believe in the power of collaboration. And we love Hack Days!
At our ThinkCamps, people from across industries and disciplines experience the excitement of working together to turn ideas into reality. At our Science Hack Days, citizens, scientists, and developers get together to unlock the secrets of the universe. You come with the ideas and skills – we provide the space, the buzz, and of course the post-it notes.
ThinkCamps provide an open and creative environment for developing new products and services. They are designed to support a collaborative approach to generating cross-industry solutions. The events select one area of focus (such as mHealth) and are structured to address problems, rise to challenges, and take advantage of new opportunities.
Participants are drawn from a diverse range of disciplines and skill-sets, which they apply in a creative way. The TMC team facilitates the generation of ideas during the ThinkCamp events and then provides support for the organically formed working groups to further develop and implement the solutions, both during and beyond the event.
Hack Days are all about tinkering with new technologies and materials and code – exploring their possibilities when brought together in new ways, and solving problems on the fly in order to execute a creative idea. We love doing Hack Days. We believe in the creative power of teamwork that they inspire. And we see each and every time how people of all ages (from primary school to retired), and from all places (from the Arctic Circle to CERN), and of all abilities (from high-tech to no-tech) get excited and find a way to actively contribute.
We don’t just facilitate, we’re also full-fledged members of the team – rolling up our sleeves to design, build and launch. Drawing on our collective backgrounds in computer science, technology product & service development, and launching new businesses to market, we can ensure that the best ideas coming out of our events continue to be worked on and implemented.
We can also work with you on prototyping any tangible ideas that come out of the event, in order to assess their potential with your stakeholders for launch with end-users. We can also develop bespoke websites and apps for the event itself.
The Mobile Collective works closely with it’s partners, often forming part of a Consortium for grant-funded work.
For example, TMC was a Consortium member of the EU FP7-funded Citizen Cyberlab project. The role of TMC was to develop requirements with respect to learning & community building, to organise and execute community outreach initiatives, to support community building across all of the pilot projects (particularly via social media), and to design and run community engagement events.
A brief introduction
Margaret is a mobile industry veteran, with many years experience as an Innovation & Business Launch specialist. She has worked with a wide range of start-ups, corporate ventures and university spin-offs. Margaret is one of the founders and organisers of Over the Air, the UK’s premier mobile developer event. She is also a Code Club volunteer, teaching Robots & Computers Club to 5 & 6 year olds.
Brian has pioneered the development of e-Science tools in the US, UK, and Germany for many years. At the Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, he developed an online community toolkit for analysing multi-lingual scientific texts projects for the Archimedes Project, and helped design and develop eSciDoc, the Max Planck Society’s digital library. Other projects include Inventing Europe, a collaborative on-line exhibition platform for the history of technology, and DVE, a toolkit for exploring variation in historical printed material. As Co-ordinator at the Social Computing Group at Imperial College, he helped develop several innovative projects in transport, healthcare, computing infrastructure and e-commerce (Totalcare,Libhpc,PlayShare). These days, he spends a lot of his time with Citizen Cyberlab, developing the project’s online presence and running hack days with project partners. He also develops collaborative tools for DIY science and hacks micro controllers and sensors.View LinkedIn Profile Github
Julie is a qualified physicist with a passion for science communication. She gets behind the stories of science at live events via multimedia production. Julie has been filming, recording and producing many of the stories on our Citizens of Science Audioboo and YouTube channels.
Mary is an experienced editor of scholarly and creative work, published author of academic work, university teacher (in person and online instruction) with specializations in English literature and writing, conference creator and organizer, student mentor, and curriculum designer.View LinkedIn Profile
Amy works at the forefront of digital museum curation, with several innovative collaborations in visualisation and open data: Ure View, Ure Discovery and Ure Move with Panoply; 3D modelling of museum objects with the Dept. of Archaeology at the University of Reading; and the award-winning Open Olympics with the Open University. Collaborations with TMC include Europeana data provision, and toponym identification for the Pelagios Project.
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Currently at the GSMA in the IOT Big Data and Mobile Identity Group, Steve is an engineer with wide experience in mobile innovation—designing, building and managing mobile projects across a wide variety of technologies and industry sectors. He’s also worked with many startups to help shape their commercial offering and get them ready to do business on a large scale.
At Vodafone, Steve created the Betavine website and the Betavine Social Exchange website for supporting NGOs. More recently, he’s been working on connected car and consumer IOT in Vodafone’s commercial innovation team, Vodafone xone, where he led the end-to-end product development for connected consumer IOT devices, i.e. personal tracking products, connected car products.View LinkedIn Profile
Lucy is a Biologist and Science Communicator who is passionate about community engagement with science. She organises community events and such as Science Hack Day Berlin, and curates scientific outreach events such as the STATE festival.
Most recently, Lucy ran the Citizen Science Disco and partnered with us in organising the ThinkCamp at the European Citizen Science Association conference 2016.View LinkedIn Profile
Collaborative Innovation in Action
Hoxton Square, London, UK
Think Big’s Digital Week gives young people the chance to learn more about digital technology and career opportunities in the tech industry. Margaret will be joining the Mobile on Monday panelists to answer questions on what their careers involve on a day-to-day basis, how they got there and top tips on how you can get into the world of mobile and apps
Over the Air, London, UK
Margaret is once again organising the 8th annual Over the Air ”a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community, featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new platforms, operating systems, APIs & SDKs”.
Kulturbrauerei, Berlin, Germany
As part of the first international European Citizen Science Association Conference, Margaret ran a Citizen Science ThinkCamp together with Lucy Patterson of Science Hack Day Berlin. Read our Storify of the event for the back-channel and our Google Site for the outcome of the Challenges.
ExCel Centre, London, UK
We were out at App World 2015, where Margaret was participating in a panel discussion about the wearables market: “What are the driving forces behind making 2016 the year of the wearables?”
Mozfest, Ravensbourne College, London, Uk
We were out at at Mozfest again this year to run an “Open IoT Stack for Schools” workshop as part of the Open Science track. We looked at the present and future of the internet of things in schools, DIY science and Makerspaces, and collaborated with attendees to produce a community wish-list for IoT software, hardware and community resources. You can find our notes on our Etherpad here, which you are also welcome to make your own contributions to!
Over the Air, London, UK
At the 7th annual Over the Air we ran two Citizen Cyberlab workshops. Over the Air is “a unique tech-agnostic event for and by the developer community, featuring technical workshops where attendees can roll up their sleeves and tinker with new platforms, operating systems, APIs & SDKs”. At one workshop we showcased the CCL projects, including GeoKey, CitizenGrid, Redwire and Virtual Atom Smasher. At the other workshop we introduced a range of tech tools for DIY Science, as part of the Citizen Science Hack Day Challenge. Find out more about how it went here.
CERN, Geneva, CH
The CERN Webfest is a weekend of web-based creativity for students doing a summer placement at CERN, the place where the web was born. The event is modelled on the sort of gatherings (sometimes called hackfests or hackathons) that energize many open source communities. Registration for this event is by invitation only, but the outcomes are made public at: https://webfest.web.cern.ch/
CRI, Paris, France
We ran a ThinkCamp on mobile games in science at the GLASS—Game Lab Summer School—at the CRI in Paris. The Think Camp is for GLASS students and we focussed both on brainstorming and hacking—ideas for using mobiles in science games and first steps in mobile development with Apache Cordova.
Centre de recherches interdisciplinaires
As part of the annual Nightscience Conference at the CRI in Paris, we presented the pilot projects of the Citizen Cyberlab on Friday, and helped to run a full-day ThinkCamp on Saturday to encourage the creation of new Citizen Science projects using the platforms and tools of the Citizen Cyberlab.
MacMillan Building, London,UK
Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint
As part of the Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint, we teamed up with our colleagues at CitizenGrid to work on their platform for citizen supercomputers. The Global Sprint is a world-wide event—you don’t have to be in London to join in! For details, see the announcement.
London & Oxford
Pint of Science UK Event Website
We’re proud to have been Sponsors of the Pint of Science series of events. Brian showcased the CERN Virtual Atom Smasher game, along with our colleague Ioannis from CERN, at the “Dark Matter” pub night at the Prince Albert in Camden on the 19th, and at the “Of Scientists and Higgs Hunters” pub night at the Oxford Retreat in Oxford on the 20th. And Margaret showcased the UNITAR GeoTag-X platform for Humanitarian Disaster Relief along with Megan Passey of REACH Initiatives at the “Solutions to the World’s Problems” pub night at the Yorkshire Grey on Theobalds Road on the 19th, and at the “Save the World” pub night at the Old Crown on the 20th.
UCL, London Campus
This event was a code sprint together with a number of members of the community to help us extend GeoKey (http://geokey.org.uk/) —a community platform for participatory mapping.
Ravensbourne College, London
At MozFest we ran a workshop as part of the Open Science stream called “Apps for Climate Change – using Appmaker for Citizen Science“. In this workshop we explored using AppMakers to create citizen sciences apps by and for local communities. The aim was to develop a wishlist of components for citizen science apps in Appmaker, and try our hand at hacking together some apps. The focus was on climate change, and we looked at how apps can help scientists and local communities to work together to help measure and alleviate climate change impact.
University College London, UK
The Mobile Collective made the shortlist of 10 exciting new start-ups at the first ever start-up pitchfest at FOTE14. We gave a three minute pitch about how we are running Hack Days at secondary schools, universities, and institutions to promote hands-on learning and creativity in technology.
CERN Geneva, CH
We ran an Arctic Science ThinkCamp in Barrow Alaska, together with the local community and Diana Mastracci of UCL ExCiteS, as part of the STEM Summer Camp at Ilisagvic College. Read about the event on our wiki.
NYU, New York, USA
We participated in two days of science hacking at the World Science Festival in New York, where we ‘Took the Pulse of Citizen Science‘ and pitched ScienceMakers, as well as doing our usual media round-up. Read more about the hacks that were pitched and developed on the Science Hack Day Wiki.
Science Museum London, UK
Together with our partners at the Citizen Cyberlab, we ran a workshop called Hands-on Citizen Science as part of the LATES events. We ran hands-on demos of the Hero.coli game, the GeoTag-X platform, and hardware hacking for Arctic Science. Take a look at our round-up of the event.
British Science Association, London UK
Tweeting for Science: When Social Media met Citizen Science was held as part of the National Science & Engineering Week at the Dana Centre. The evening was an exploration and discussion about how Social Media can boost the power of science in the hands of individual citizens, across the globe. ‘Science for All, and All for Science’. Read the Storify account of the night, and listen to our interviews of attendees.
National Geographic Society & UCL, London, UK
The third London Citizen Cyberscience Summit was bigger and better than ever. Thanks to everyone who came to the Hack Day. You can check out what we got up to in the video, and read about the challenges and prizes on the website.
UCL, London UK
TMC teamed up with the CHI+MED project and the UCL Interaction Centre to help organise a Persuasive Games Competition for UCL students, at which participants built web games to explore blame culture in healthcare. There were prizes for the winning entries and the winners have been hosted on Errordiary.
Bletchley Park, UK
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At the annual Over the Air mobile developer event we ran a hands-on workshop about Epicollect, which is a Citizen Science mobile app and web platform for collecting survey data, photo’s and GPS location data. We also ran the Hack Day ‘Best Science Hack’ challenge, with Air Quality Eggs as prizes. Check out the event video on YouTube.
A weekend of online web-based creativity for students doing a summer placement at CERN, the place where the web was born. The event is modeled on the sort of gatherings (sometimes called hackfests or hackathons) that energize many open source communities. Registration for this event is by invitation only, but the outcomes will be made public.
The Centre for Creative Collaboration, London
Together with the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Citizen Cyberscience Center Science Hack Day London, we organised the Science Hack Day Crowdcrafting Citizen Science. For one day, citizen scientists, humanities folks, technologists, designers, students, scientists, and all who are curious gathered together to build apps and projects with various open tools such as Epicollect, PyBossa, and CernVM.
Royal Geographic Society, London UK
University College London, UK
The Mobile Collective organised the Hack Day at the 2010 London Citizen Cyberscience Summit, bringing volunteers and scientists from a wide range of Web-based science projects together for the first time, ranging from volunteer computing (SETI@home,ClimatePrediction.net) to volunteer thinking (GalaxyZoo, Herbaria@home) to volunteer sensing (EpiCollect, NoiseTube) and much more. Historians, journalists, teachers and business folks all brought their angle on citizen cyberscience to the event. Above all, it was a chance for the some of the millions of volunteers who make citizen cyberscience so successful to tell their story.
Wallacespace St Pancras, London UK
We brought together a fantastic mix of movers, shakers & enthusiasts from both the healthcare and the mobile community came together at our first ever ThinkCamp – a day of sharing insights & experience, generating ideas, and developing them further in free-flow break-out sessions. We wrapped up the day with a series of pitches to address a wide range of issues and opportunities for mHealth innovation.
Excel, London UK
The Mobile Collective was out at the Healthcare Innovation Expo on behalf of the DotGovLabs Innovation Hub to help them boost awareness for their latest challenge, and to inspire a collaborative approach to innovation as part of the Future Zone programme.
The event attracted 10,000+ health and social care commissioners and providers who are interested in high impact innovations to improve patient care and productivity – we didn’t meet all of them by a long shot – but we certainly had some great conversations, both at the Ideas Wall and during our sessions, and were amazed by everyone’s willingness to let loose a bit of creative energy at the Expo.
Creative Collaboration + Mobile Innovation
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Getting in touch and hanging out
Do you have a project you’d like to do with us? Drop us an email at:
We take on both client work and collaborative-partner work.
If you are interested in organising a ThinkCamp or Hack Day event to take a creative collaboration approach to problem-solving, we can put together a proposal for you.
If you’d like to get involved in any of the projects we are currently working on, there is plenty of scope to do so. Just drop us an e-mail.
We’re based in London and either work from our partners offices, or from a range of Cafes with free Wi-Fi. Our current favourite is the Pain Quotidien on North Audley Street.