Imagine, explore and share – turn your ideas into positive community impact

Are you a community-minded citizen or SME? Full of ideas? Keen on solving challenges? We’ve got just the opportunity to bring your thoughts to life and positively impact our planet in the process.

As part of our North Yorkshire Cyber Security Network, we’re delivering hands-on support throughout March with a series of moments for people to engage with.

Plexal is collaborating with Scarborough Borough Council, CU Scarborough, Anglo American, seaweed farming company SeaGrown and rural broadband provider Save9 to provide citizens and SMEs across North Yorkshire a better understanding of how to stay cyber secure and improve resilience against threats that are omnipresent through daily device use for work and pleasure.

Why seaweed? It’s a highly effective form of carbon capture and with only the sun and the sea needed to grow each crop, SeaGrown has designed an ethical way to absorb huge amounts of carbon and release oxygen into the water as the seaweed grows, creating new ways to protect the environment for the people of Scarborough and beyond.

Focused on a secure Internet of Things challenge, we want your input to help design a technology solution for SeaGrown that can collect, communicate and secure data from camera buoys, so that this innovative UK company and the wider maritime industry can continue to develop.

See below for the full rundown of how you can get involved:

Citizen Science Challenge Webinar – Wednesday 22nd March – 16:30-17:30

If you’re interested in being a part of our North Yorkshire Cyber Network, this is your chance to join a webinar where you can ask any burning questions about how to get involved and what you can expect to achieve through our work together. Russell from Plexal, alongside Hong Chin from SeaGrown, Steve from Save9 and Sinead from CU Scarborough will discuss the Citizen Science Challenge, provide answers to your queries and detail our collective mission as part of this project.

Sign up here:

Citizen Science Challenge: Imagine – Wednesday 29th March – 13:00-17:00 

Our Imagine Challenge will introduce participants to the Design Thinking methodology for teams to address an issue, challenge assumptions and create innovative solutions for overcoming the problem. Technical support from the FabLab team will be provided to citizens involved, with the afternoon including group collaboration, guidance on technology benefits and more.

Citizen Science Challenge: Explore – Thursday 30th March 09:00-12:00

Our Explore Challenge will encourage participants to research the ideas from their Imagine session and create storyboards, with experts on hand to help them secure their data, validate their ideas and bring the concepts to life.

Citizen Science Challenge: Share – Thursday 30th March 13:00-16:00

Our Share Challenge will enable participants to create product pitches for their concepts as well as a pitch video, receiving guidance from Sinead at CU Scarborough and Russell at Plexal on effectively pitching their ideas. 

By nurturing and empowering the local community, our collective aim is to build individuals and businesses through the North Yorkshire Cyber Security Network, which in turn will unlock prosperity and new career opportunities for the area.

Help us to solve the challenges we face – have your say and be a part of our mission by registering here for the chance to come together and create solutions as a team:

And remember, you can ask all the questions you have on your mind at our webinar – register now and we’ll see you on the 22nd March!