Sensor data for Taarifa, completion of feature requests and blue sky thinking at the Rhok in Southampton

5 Jun

The Rhok Southampton, organised by Dirk, Taarifian of the first hour, brought together a bunch of motivated developers to tackle global problems. A set of problems ranging from satellite image recongnition for drought detection to a charity project visualisation javascript library joined Taarifa in their quest for hacking awesome software.

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.

The Taarifa RhokSoton Team Presentation

Final Presentations at RhokSoton

Project description page of the Taarifa work at RhokSoton


One Response to “Sensor data for Taarifa, completion of feature requests and blue sky thinking at the Rhok in Southampton”

  1. Kermit Z. Watts June 8, 2013 at 21:36 #

    The past weekend I finally got the chance to attend one of the RHOK hackathon events. These events concentrate on using technology to solve humanitarian problems such as those related to draught, overpopulation, earthquakes, etc. The current hackathon was the first to concentrate solely on water and sanitation related problems . Held in 9 cities across the world, I attended the London event, organized by fellow compatriate Julian Harou .

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