The 2019 Wardens Annual Public Engagement Awards took place in May and celebrated winners from Computing to Theatre and Performance.
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Established Researcher category
Prof Bill Gaver and Andy Boucher for 'My Naturewatch Camera' (Design)
The Interaction Research Studio teamed up with the BBC’s Natural History Unit to create wildlife cameras that an estimated 2,000 people have built at home. The camera was also featured on Springwatch (11 June 2018) to a live audience of nearly 2 million viewers.
Sue Mayo for 'Decorum: Manners for Women of the 21st Century' (Theatre and Performance)
During three, 3-month projects Sue worked with filmmaker Chuck Lowry and groups of women aged 14 to 80 in London, Southend and Peterborough to explore the theme of ‘manners’ for women, each group making a film. These have been shown at The WOW Festival in the Southbank Centre, Tate Exchange, Metal Peterborough, and Twenty-One, an arts centre in Southend.
Early Career Researcher category
Phoenix Perry for 'Bot Party' (Computing)
'Bot Party' is a game that gives people permission to be playful and to question the social rules and expectations around touch. Played by over 3000 people, the ‘Bots’ are cubes using capacitive sensing technology which sing when you hold them and make contact with others.
Post-graduate Researcher category
Alessandra Caso and Jo Kenrick for 'Top of the Cops: Murder on the Dancefloor' (Psychology)
The Forensic Psychology Unit organised the 80s themed immersive murder mystery event, highlighting the importance of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) ’84.
Attendees came dressed in 80s style and took part in an eye-witness line-up, examined the evidence, interacted with a variety of characters and observed two parallel suspect interviews.
Pedro Douglass-Kirk for 'Stroke Odysseys: Workshops and Performances with Stroke Survivors from Local Communities' (Psychology)
Stroke survivors worked with professional dancers and musicians to develop performances based on their personal stories. This allowed them to ‘remember who they are’ and in doing so, build their resilience and confidence.
A series of workshops in multiple communities and hospital settings have been completed with national and international performances at theatres around the UK.
Special Award for Community Engagement
Rose Sinclair for 'The Women of Windrush' (Design)
To mark the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the MV Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, this project saw weaving workshops, community baking, talks, podcasts and reflective discussions engage the public.
Rose created the welcoming and safe space of the Caribbean Front Room for sharing and remembering the often-overlooked contributions of Caribbean women to the UK's social and cultural life.
As part of a wider initiative Rose was also invited to participate in the V&A 'Look We Here: Curating the Caribbean' project, which challenged both the under-representation of Caribbean creativity within the V&A and negative perceptions and stereotypes of Caribbean.
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