If you look at history, innovation doesn’t come just from giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where their ideas can connect
— Steven Johnson


This workshop aims to improve our understanding of the environmental factors encountered by homeless people


To help us learn more about what life is like on the streets, we are working with London-based community services and homeless people including Brixton Soup Kitchen and The Abbey Centre to capture daily glimpses of their experiences, urban environments, and its impact on their mental health.

In order to help homeless people, we must understand the problems they face. We aim to do so by asking homeless people in Central London, particularly in Brixton and Westminster, to visually capture and upload their own digital photos (of their choice), along with thoughts and feelings about how these photos makes them feel. The homeless people who have kindly consented to participate in this workshop will be generating novel, meaningful data that will be stored as part of our Data Donation project called "Views From The Street".

We will use this insightful, sensitive and generously donated information to explore mental health themes and link this to important topics such as visual literacy and how to apply mixed methods for digital photographic analysis. Most critically, we will use this workshop as an opportunity to explore possible ways in which digital information, especially photos, could be incorporated into improving mental health outcomes and treatments. This workshop will also briefly outline the 'tech for social good' post conference Hackathon event aimed at providing homeless people with digital opportunities to lift them back into society. 



  1. To gain insights into the complex environments that homeless people face on a daily basis
  2. To improve your understanding of concepts such as visual literacy and how digital photographs can be qualitatively and quantitatively interpreted within the context of mental health
  3. To develop an understanding of how 'data donation' projects work and gain awareness of the ethical implications, particularly when working with homeless people.
  4. To learn more about a post conference 'Tech for social good' event called #HELPINGHOMELESSHACKATHON, which is aimed at co-creating a digital platform that serves homeless people. Find out more here!


After you've attended this workshop WE'd like to ask you a few quick questions...

Attendee survey link coming soon.



To support our workshop, we want to create a film that documents the journey of this project - putting the views of homeless people at the very centre of this work. We have created a Donate button below to accept funds from any individuals who are kindly willing to support us making this film.