Urban Sensor Hack Participating Team Sign-Up
Friday, September 20, 2013 at 12:00 AM - Friday, October 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM (EDT)
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
We live in an age where almost anything physical can be measured and quantified. Sensors commonly monitor the ‘health’ of the electronic devices we use, from smart phones to cars. Even the state of our own activities and fitness. But what about the health of environment we live and commute in? To channel Bob Dylan: Do you really need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blows, or the quality or the air you breathe?
No longer. Today it’s possible for people to attach low-cost sensor to home-made electronic gadgets that record environmental measurements, display data in a variety of useful ways, and then share it online. The Urban Sensor Hack offers a series of sessions over a three week period. For that time we’ll be focusing on the creative possibilities of using sensors in urban environments, whether they are parks, playgrounds, bicycle routes or backyards.
MAKE will introduce Master Makers, who will explain and teach the techniques of building DIY sensor projects, and open our minds to possible applications. We’ll look at community projects that take advantage of the wide array of inexpensive sensors on the market. We’ll talk about where to locate urban sensor arrays, how to power them, and how to get make sure they deliver accurate measurements. We’ll also learn how some ambitious sensor projects were funded; and most importantly, how the data generated by sensors gets shared and used.
We are looking for teams to participate in Urban Sensor Hack. Participating teams will receive a bucket of useful environmental sensors and components to help them build your their gadgets. The program will end on October 18th with an live show-and-tell of the most creative solutions. Join us in Chicago, or online via Google Hangouts (need to explain how to do this!!)
How to Qualify as a Participating Team
To receive your Urban Sensor Hack package, we are asking partners to:
- Tell us a little about your group and organization
- Tell us about your members and some of your projects
- Be able to actively participate over the 3 week period
- Post videos, photos, comments regularly of projects on Google+
- Share your creative solutions at our live show-and-tell on October 18th
The first 20 teams to sign up will receive a special kit package. Please be sure to answer the questions and proviced a shipping address and cell phone number. We will get kits out to you soon.
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