Congratulations to Matej Kaninsky

Matej Kaninsky, a recent MSc HCI graduate 2016-2017, has won the student prize for the prestigious UX UK Awards, that celebrates excellence in user-focused digital design. The award is highly competitive and this year there was a record 14 student projects that got shortlisted. 
 
Matej's project is called "Entice, Engage, Educate." It is concerned with getting the public to discover more about what bats are and what they do in the wild. It was motivated by discovering that there is a significant dislike towards bats among the British public, primarily caused by a number of misconceptions, knowledge gaps that surround these species, and aesthetics. Simply, bats are perceived as "ugly". He explored how live streams of bat calls recorded in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London - that were collected using state of the art environmental sensors -  could be used to entice, engage and educate the general public. To the end, he designed and implemented a novel multi-modal physical device that presented real world bat activity as well as a variety of curious information and quizzes about bats. He then carried out an extensive in-the-wild study to observe what the public did with the bat data. The findings showed much intrigue and excitement, indicating that such interactive physical devices can be successful in engaging the public, even on a topic in which people may not already have an interest.

More information can be found on the UX UK awards website: uxukawards.com