Umbrellium creates and commercialises participatory products and services that empower people to transform their cities.
They are a team of architects, designers, commercial experts, producers and creative technologists with years of proven experience in designing and deploying award-winning participatory platforms and mass-participation urban spectacles like The Burble (which launched the Singapore Biennale in 2006, won London’s Design Museum Design of the Year Award in 2008, and opened the Dubai World Cup in 2009).
Their focus is on constructing delight, fostering real engagement and delivering at scale. With a deeper intuitive and practical understanding of what makes crowds and urban environments valuable, dynamic and delightful, their goal is to enable citizens to join together in making sense of, contributing to, and creating their cities.
Their latest project is Thingful - a discoverability engine for The Public Internet of Things, providing a geographical index of where things are, who owns them, and how and why they are used.
Today, millions of people and organisations around the world already have and use connected ‘things’, ranging from energy monitors, weather stations and pollution sensors to animal trackers, geiger counters and shipping containers. Many choose to, or would like to, make their data available to third parties – either directly as a public resource or channeled through apps and analytical tools.
Open Burble is an uber-scale mass participation spectacle that enables participants to design and fly a 15-storey tall interactive structure that transforms the urban skyline.
In Open Burble, members of the public come together to compose, assemble and control an immense rippling inflatable form that changes colour in response to the crowd interacting below.