Horizon CDT supporting COP26

Horizon CDT supporting COP26

The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) is taking place from 31st October to 12th November. This is the UN’s largest gathering focusing on climate change and the efforts and policies put in place by countries throughout the world to tackle it.

As part of COP26, UKRI will feature GIFT as an example of interdisciplinary innovation.

GIFT is a mobile app that takes the very intimate experience of selecting, making, and giving a gift to someone you care about and applies it to the exploration of exhibitions, museums, and galleries. The app has been adapted for COP26 to enable attendees to create, shape and share personalised digital content from the conference in order to focus on the climate emergency.

Interactive artists at Blast Theory developed GIFT in collaboration with researchers from the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham.

“It’s really exciting to have Gift at COP26. Making an exhibition a shared experience not only extends the reach of COP26 and its important topics and themes, but is also a way for visitors to look at it from a different perspective – through the eyes of someone they love. This may make them think more deeply or differently about a climate issue, or lead them to look at something entirely new”

— Professor Steve Benford, head of Mixed Reality Lab and director of Horizon CDT.

We are proud of the Horizon CDT’s contribution to GIFT and COP26!


University of Nottingham Press Release here

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