Organisers

Bettina Nissen is a Research Associate on the ESRC funded After Money project in Design Informatics at Edinburgh University. After Money explores the implications and opportunities of new blockchain technologies in the home and how value is exchanged within households as examples of micro sharing economies. Bettina has a background in product and interaction design, digital fabrication and engagement with data and value through tangible means and makings.

Ella Tallyn is is a UX designer and research associate on the EPSRC funded PETRAS IoT Hub. She has worked as a UX designer on both commercial and academic projects, using a range of techniques from rapid usability testing to in-depth ethnographic studies. She is currently exploring data transactions and smart contracts and how these might inform the development of IoT technologies, and is interested in the concept of identity as currency.

Kate Symons is a human geographer with a specialism in international development, and research associate for the OxChain project. OxChain is a major project working with international development organisation Oxfam to use technology to reconfigure its supply chain of secondhand goods.  Kate’s PhD on neoliberal development in Mozambique was funded by the ESRC, and she has published on development issues in Kenya and Mozambique.

Chris Speed is Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Chris is an expert in design for the Network Society, Digital Art and Technology, and Internet of Things. Chris is the Principal Investigator on the Oxchain project.  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 worked on several projects with Oxfam, including TOTeM and the related Internet of Second Hand Things.

John Vines is Professor in the School of Design at Northumbria University, UK. His research primarily focuses on the participatory design of digital technologies, with a particular emphasis on how digital tools and platforms might support social innovation, alternative models of social and community care and new forms of value in communities.

Deborah Maxwell is a lecturer in Interactive Media at University of York. Her research interests are around the ways that people interact with and reshape technology and the roles that storytelling can play across media. Past research includes working with traditional storytellers in Scotland, and the design of digital tools to facilitate and encourage serendipitous encounters in research. Current research includes exploration of Blockchain concepts applied to storytelling.

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