CSIRO Launches Biggest Ever Public Engagement Campaign

CSIRO Launches Biggest Ever Public Engagement Campaign
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CSIRO has launched INFINITY, it’s biggest ever public engagement campaign, via REBORN.

Australia’s national science agency has been behind some impressive inventions, including Wi-Fi, Aeroguard, plastic bank notes, fabric softener and the world’s first flu treatment, however awareness of its scientific innovations and breakthroughs has been declining in recent years.

To address this, CSIRO was keen to engage with the general public on a topic they could easily relate to, and one which the science agency has some serious credentials – energy.

With the above in mind, REBORN was tasked with working with CSIRO on its biggest ever public engagement campaign.

Introducing the CSIRO Infinity Swing, an eight-seat swing installation that uses movement converted into sustainable energy to create a stunning light and sound experience.

REBORN worked with CSIRO to determine the feasibility of the idea before developing the full user experience from concept through to the development of the swing, supported by a launch communications and media campaign.

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The agency’s creative technology team worked closely with CSIRO scientists to develop kinetic energy generators and partnered with Chunk! Design on the fabrication of the swing.

“This project has been eight months in the making and it’s been a true client partnership between CSIRO and ourselves. What started as brand awareness brief has turned into one of our biggest and best projects to date,” REBORN’s founding partner Sabir Samtani said.

“Working with an organisation like CSIRO and the talented people that work there has been a real privilege for the agency and to see the final installation come together has been hugely rewarding.”

“Delivering campaigns on this scale is something we’ve been moving towards since we restructured our communication function about 18 months ago,” CSIRO’s general manager of communication Oona Nielssen added.

“Working with REBORN to bring the Infinity campaign to life has been a great experience for us. Right from the start, they ‘got’ CSIRO, understood our brand and what we were trying to achieve.”

From a technical perspective, the task was to create a branded interactive installation equipped with an energy harvesting alternator able to capture the user kinetic energy while riding a public swingset.

To break down the application further, the energy generated through the movement of the swing is used to create interactive visual and audio feedback in real-time.

The design of the visual feedback is then delivered through addressable RGB LEDs, while the audio feedback is delivered through a personal headphone that accompanies the swing, both of which illustrate the level of energy generated by the system in real-time.

REBORN’s creative technologist Enrico Penzo said, “The lighting setup needed to be carefully studied to reduce power consumption to the minimum but still create a meaningful and engaging experience, while the electrical design needed to seamlessly interface with a custom designed generator developed by CSIRO in collaboration with REBORN, Chunk! Design and Electroniq Systems.”

The CSIRO Infinity Swing will feature at Customs House from Wednesday 4 November – Sunday 8 November, and at Federation Square, Melbourne from Monday 16 November – Saturday 21 November.

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