Bio

I am a postdoctoral researcher exploring how technology can enable communities to commission, design and deploy community information resources through large-scale social computing systems and mobile technologies.


Projects

The projects listed below are key projects that I have been involved in during my career at both the University of Lincoln and Newcastle University.


App Movement

A community commissioning platform to automatically generate mobile apps

App Movement enables any individual, community or organisation to propose, design and automatically generate a multi-platform mobile application. The platform enables communities to propose, design and deploy their own mobile application solutions to issues faced by their community. 

https://app-movement.com

IRISMsg.io

A distributed community SMS donation platform inspired by the Solidarity Economy

Iris, is a system that allows sending SMS text messages to a list of subscribers through SMS donors. People supporting your organisation, group or case can sign up to become 'donors' and donate a number of their SMS messages for your cause. Every time that you need to send a text to a list of subscribers (e.g. volunteers, staff, followers etc.) you share the cost of the text messages sent.


Past Paths

A novel discovery interface for exploring online museum collections.

In collaboration with Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums, Nesta and Microsoft Research, I developed a novel discovery interface that aims to improve public access and engagement with digital heritage collections. The exploratory web platform and novel search interface has been implemented as part of the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums’ online collections and aims to encourage people to search and discover museum content online.


Feed Finder

Enabling mothers to create community driven information resource around breastfeeding in public.

The FeedFinder app enables new mothers to locate suitable breastfeeding locations nearby. Mothers can also rate and review the places they visit and contribute to the worldwide mapping of breastfeeding friendly locations. The app is available on both iOS and Android and has 8000+ active users. The project has been developed in conjunction with NHS staff and new mothers in the North East of England.


Sleepful.me

A Social Network for the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for those living with Insomnia.

Sleepful is a social network designed to improve access to evidence-based guided self-help for insomnia. The platform delivers Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in a group setting for those living with insomnia in order to promote healthy sleeping behaviours and provides both education and social connection to those also living with this condition.

http://sleepful.me


Publications

2017

Care and Connect: exploring dementia-friendliness through an online community commissioning platform
Kellie Morrissey, Andrew Garbett, Edward Jenkins, Patrick Olivier, Pete Wright, Katie Brittain. In Proc. CHI 2017. ACM. (pdf)

Experiences of Delivering a Public Health Data Service
Emma Simpson, Robert Comber, Andrew Garbett, Edward Jenkins, Madeline Balaam. In Proc. CHI 2017. ACM. (pdf)

On Speculative Enactments
Chris Elsden, David Chatting, Andrew Garbett, Bettina Nissen, David Kirk, John Vines, Abigail Durrant. In Proc. CHI 2017. ACM. (pdf)

2016

Factors important for women who breastfeed in public: a content analysis of review data from FeedFinder
Emma Simpson, Andrew Garbett, Robert Comber, Madeline Balaam. In BMJ Open. BMJ Publishing Group. (pdf)

App Movement: A platform for community commissioning of mobile applications
Andrew Garbett, Robert Comber, Ed Jenkins, Patrick Olivier. In Proc CHI 2016. ACM. (pdf)

Metadating: Exploring the Romance and Future of Personal Data
Chris Elsden, Bettina Nissen, Andrew Garbett, David Chatting, David S. Kirk, John Vines. In Proc. CHI 2016. ACM. (pdf)

App Movement: Collaborative design of mobile applications for communities
Andrew Garbett, Ed Jenkins, Robert Comber, Patrick Olivier. Presented at CHI 2016 Workshop on 'Crowd Dynamics: Exploring Conflicts and Contradictions in Crowdsourcing'. (pdf)

I don’t know what I’m looking for: Better understanding public usage and behaviours with Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums online collections
John Coburn, Andrew Garbett, Phil Gossett, Richard Harper, Peter Wright. In Proc. Museums and the Web 2016. (pdf)

2015

FeedFinder: A location-mapping mobile application for breastfeeding women
Madeline Balaam, Robert Comber, Ed Jenkins, Andrew Garbett. In Proc CHI 2015. ACM. (pdf)

2014

Finding real people: trust and diversity in the interface between professional and citizen journalists
Andrew Garbett, Robert Comber, Paul Egglestone, Maxine Glancy, Patrick Olivier. In Proc. CHI 2014. ACM. (pdf)

Fearsquare: hacking open crime data to critique, jam and subvert the 'aesthetic of danger'
Andrew Garbett, Jamie Wardman, Ben Kirman, Conor Linehan, Shaun Lawson. In Proc HCI Korea 2014. ACM. (pdf)

2013

Validating a mobile phone application for the everyday, unobtrusive, objective measurement of sleep
Shaun Lawson, Sue Jamison-Powell, Andrew Garbett, Conor Linehan, Erica Kucharczyk, Sanne Verbaan, Duncan Rowland, Kevin Morgan. In Proc CHI 2014. ACM. (pdf)

2012

How dangerous is your life? Personalising Government open crime data
Andrew Garbett, Conor Linehan, Ben Kirman, Jamie Wardman, Shaun Lawson. Presented at ACM CHI 2012 Workshop on Personal Informatics in Practice: Improving Quality of Life Through Data. (pdf)

I can't get no sleep: discussing #insomnia on twitter
Sue Jamison-Powell, Conor Linehan, Laura Daley, Andrew Garbett, Shaun Lawson. In Proc CHI 2012. ACM. (pdf)


Conferences & Events

2017
June - 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (Troyes, France)
June - 4th European Solidarity Economy Congress (Athens, Greece)
May - National Workers Education Association "Get Connected" membership event (Newcastle, UK)
Jan - CHERISH Digital Economy Centre Networking Event (Swansea, UK)

2016
Dec - Remake a Museum: Great North Museum Design Challenge Hack Event (Newcastle, UK)
June - Foundation for Art and Creative Technology: Designing Digital Now Exhibition (Liverpool, UK)
May -ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing 2016 (San Jose, USA)
March - The Creative Exchange All Hands Meet (Lancaster, UK)
Feb - International Development Conference 2016 (Newcastle, UK)

2015
Dec - Digital Economy "Connected Nation: Thriving in a Digital World" at British Library (London, UK)
Dec - Dementia Friendly Communities Annual Conference (Newcastle, UK)
Nov - The Creative Exchange: Driving Value and Business Innovation through Collaboration at House of Commons (London, UK)
July - British HCI (Lincoln, UK)
May - Create4Dementia Hack Event (Newcastle, UK)
May - ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (Seoul, Korea)
March - The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference 2015 (London, UK)

2014
July - Digital Democracy: Alive to Engagement (Cardiff, UK)
June - ACM International Conference on Interactive Experiences for TV and Online Video (Newcastle, UK)
May - ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (Toronto, Canada)

2013
Nov - Rewired State Parliament Hackathon #Parlihack2013 (London, UK)
Oct - BBC #NewsHack2013 Hack Event (London, UK)
Sept - The Creative Exchange: Knowledge Exchange Conference (Lancaster, UK)
May - ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (Paris, France)

2012
Sept - HCI2012 People and Computers XXVI (Birmingham, UK)
May - ACM International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (Austin, USA)


 Contact

Email: a.garbett@newcastle.ac.uk
Twitter: @garbit