Coming from a computing background, I have demonstrated how technology can be used to encourage participation in communities. Through the use of mobile and web technologies I’ve designed and developed a range of applications to evaluate the impact citizens have whilst occupying spaces from location based games to physical check-in mechanisms. More recently, I have sought to explore local economic activity through BARTER; a bespoke platform to encourage local spending through the use of web, mobile and NFC technologies. Furthermore, I’ve continued my work with communities through data-related projects, ranging from the Sir Ranulph Fiennes Data Dashboard: RansDash (to represent his Marathon des Sables experience), to enabling school children in creating mobile games which generate data, educate and encourage participation around air quality issues. Designing for children has generated a new passion; this has been particularly seen with littleBits, enabling children to express their creativity through the creation and sharing of electronic projects.