There will be two exhibits

Exhibit 1

A new class of networked device to measure the depth to groundwater saturation

Contact - Dr David Jordan. School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Faculty of Science, LJMU. (Email -

The depth at which pores in the ground are saturated is of great importance in agriculture, civil engineering, flood management, the control of greenhouse gas emissions and many other fields.
Existing automated systems to record ground water level cost upwards of £300, before adding the cost of installation.
Typically they are not networked, which can greatly increase their cost in use because they must be visited periodically to download data, and they suffer from a range of problems which compromises their accuracy. The high cost of these devices limits the number that can, typically, be deployed to monitor the groundwater levels at a site. And since groundwater content and movement is spatially variable, many monitoring sites are very spatially under-sampled.
Thus one of the greatest contributions that could be made to groundwater studies, so crucial in all the domains listed above, would be to reduce the cost of the equipment required.
The new class of device invented by Dr Jordan not only reduces the cost of such devices to the £10-£30 range, it has the potential to increase their accuracy, and present the data they acquire in real time through telemetry. A prototype was developed during the summer of 2017 and a test network of three devices was run successfully, updating a website at 10-second intervals with measurements of ground-water saturation level in three boreholes. Funding is now being sought to develop the device further so a definitive design, a parts list, assembly instructions, software and supporting guidance can be released under an open-source license and a community of users can be built.
The exhibition will include a working example of the device, a description of the principle on which it works, examples of how it will be used in projects now in gestation and supporting material presented as a poster.

This is a project with exceptional potential because it addresses a globally significant problem in a way which can naturally attract a large community of users who will be encouraged to help develop and adapt it. The aim in attending this workshop is to explore how best the system can be marketed and it’s development further funded as a non-profit-making but sustainably funded venture.

Exhibit 2

The LCR Activate project

Contact: Amanda Ordish, LJMU | Email -

The LCR Activate project is a project supporting the growth of businesses in the digital and creative sectors in the Liverpool City Region, led by Liverpool John Moores University in partnership with FACT (the Foundation for Arts and Creative Technology) and the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Support will include the application of innovative digital technologies in data science, machine learning, and other areas of artificial intelligence and digital innovation, subject to company needs. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. It is a partner project to the LCR 4.0 project.