The local government in uganda asked the Taarifa community for a feature which enables them to store reports on their phone when without internet connection for later upload. As the Taarifa platform is using an mobile optimised version of their website for reporting on the go this feature request got implemented using html5’s local storage and offline cache abilities. David, a freelancer traveling to Southampton from Freiburg Germany, happily hacked away on this problem and presented a working solution on time.
While improving the current platform is a priority for Taarifa, the hackathon in Southampton enabled us to engage with fascinating persons and to brainstorm possible new features. Sam, who is working on building affordable smart-phone compatible sensors using Arduino, joined the team for the weekend. Together with Mark and Martin we build a prototype to attach sensor data to a Taarifa report and visualise it on the Taarifa web page. Sensors of this type can be used to gather environmental data about air quality, humidity and possible water quality. Taarifa can act as a platform to collect this data and the technology used could potentially be priced well below 20 pounds per sensor unit. It is up to Taarifa community to collect information of the potential use of these sensor building on the Taarifa platform.