“Bottom-up citizen science.”
Frank Kresin is the Research Director at Waag Society. Frank’s background is in artificial intelligence and filmmaking, and his interest is in developing technology for societal goals. He has been involved with many international innovation programmes, amongst them Apps for Europe, City SDK, CineGrid Amsterdam, Making Sense, Code 4 Europe and the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab. Frank has spoken, written and lectured on Open Innovation, Open Data & Open Design, Users-as-Designers, Living Labs and Smart Citizens. He is a regular moderator at design and innovation workshops in both Holland and abroad. Frank is the secretary board member at the Dutch chapter of the Internet Society, treasurer at The Mobile City, advisory board member at the Fund for the Creative Industries and member of the Erfgoed & Locatie steering committee.
Waag Society - institute for Arts, Science and Technology - is based in Amsterdam, Holland. Over the past 20 years, the foundation has developed into an institution of international stature, a platform for artistic research and experimentation, and has become both a catalyst for events and a breeding ground for cultural and social innovation. Waag Society develops and researches open, fair and inclusive technology for social innovation, putting people and their needs at the center. It proactively involves artists, scientists and entrepreneurs in early stages to come up with truly useable systems and services. The organisation concerns itself not only with technologies related to the Internet, but also with those related to biotechnology and the cognitive sciences, arguing that these areas have a huge impact on our culture and identity, intuitive and curiosity-driven research by artists and designers is paramount. Artists and designers know better than anyone that they must question technology in order to get to the bottom of things, overthrow sacred cows, stimulate imagination and fantasy, create unexpected connections, and—above all—search for meaning.
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