Augmented Reality, Activism & Data Storytelling Workshop

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This online workshop is designed to introduce the possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR) and how it can be used as a tool for activism and data storytelling to interactively engage with your audience. Our theme is Environmental justice and citizen science, which has been set by Safecast, an international volunteer driven non-profit organization whose goal is to create useful, accessible, and transparent environmental data.

Mon, June 20, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:00 – 20:30

Online Session




This online workshop is designed to get you to consider the possibilities of Augmented Reality (AR), how it can be used as a tool for activism and data storytelling, and interactively engage with your audience. We welcome participants of all skill levels, as this is a beginner-friendly workshop and we will be walking you through the basics of creating AR filters. 

What is environmental justice?
“Environmental justice is a social movement to address the unfair exposure of poor and marginalized communities to harms associated with resource extraction, hazardous waste, and other land uses.” – Schlosberg, David. (2007) Defining Environmental Justice: Theories, Movements, and Nature. Oxford University Press.

How does citizen science support environmental justice?
Citizen science puts the power of data back in the hands of everyday people.

Citizens have many rights and responsibilities regarding our stewardship of the environment. We have the right to expect prompt and accurate information about the state of the environment and potential hazards. We have the right to expect our wishes to be represented in decision-making about any aspect of the environment that affects us. And we have the right to recourse to justice when these other rights are violated. These rights and their consequences have been carefully established in international agreements such as the Aarhus Convention.

Citizen science, like that practiced by Safecast volunteers, provides a way for us to not only claim these rights but also to act on them. Citizen science frees us from dependence on government or other institutions to provide us information about the environment, and furthers transparency. We can gather and share high-quality data ourselves, and can use it as scientific evidence that can be entered as evidence in the decision-making process for environmental policy, or for legal action.

This workshop’s theme text written by Azby Brown, Safecast Lead Reseacher

  • People interested in activism, social good, environmental justice and/or data storytelling.
  • People interested in AR, creative tech, digital design and/or visual communication.
  • People interested in connecting with others from various disciplines and industries.

  • Members of Ricebox Studio developing a prototype for activism and storytelling during their AR workshop.

  • Testing out AR contents using smartphones with team members

The Safecast environmental data map


Safecast provides publicly available environmental data maps that anyone can use to conduct research, and create projects. Safecast maintains the largest open dataset of background radiation measurements ever collected. Over 150 million readings to date and growing daily. All data collected by Safecast is released under a CC0 public domain designation. Anyone is free to use it for free with no licensing restrictions.

Technical requirements:

  • Create a free account with Zoom
  • Create a free account with Artivive
  • Download the free Artivive mobile app
  • Create a free account with Canva or bring Photoshop/Illustrator (for those who have Adobe)
  • A smartphone mobile and charging cable
  • Computer to join the online workshop

Please download the files in this folder


Q: What is the language for this workshop?

A: The workshop will be held fully in English. Some facilitators speak English and Japanese, so there may be an opportunity for some language assistance.

Q: What are the technical requirements to join?

A: We will be using Zoom during the workshop, so please sign up for a free account beforehand. Please also refer to the list above for the full detail of items to prepare prior to the workshop.

This workshop is jointly organized by Ricebox Studio, Safecast with the support of FabCafe.

  • Ricebox Studio

    Ricebox Studio is an award-winning London-based design studio run by 4 designers passionate about using visual communication and creative technology for social good!

  • Safecast

    Safecast is an international volunteer driven non-profit organization whose goal is to create useful, accessible, and granular environmental data. All Safecast data is published, free of charge, into the public domain under a CC0 designation.


Date & Time

Mon, June 20, 2022 18:00 – 20:30 UTC+09:00


Online Session




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