Hackster’s Impact Summit wrapped up on Wednesday, October 12th, and the show was amazing. If you weren’t lucky enough to attend, we compile a summary of each session so you can see what you’ve missed.
Speaker: Sarah Mason
Sarah Maston’s keynote speech kicked things off and beautifully highlighted the mission of Summit Impact. Maston described the ways Microsoft Project 15 aims to help the world – from a simple idea to the implementation of a school safety solution to help elephants to a multi-disciplinary, multi-generational ecosystem. Project 15 goal is to empower any maintenance technician with tools like Project 15 open platforms To bridge the technology skills gap and take advantage of it Internet of Things systems To advance their cause and meet with other partners to make an impact in the conservation industry.
Connecting the Dots: A Discussion on Private and Public Partnerships and the Impact of Leadership for Our World
Speakers: Sarah Maston, Eric Ban, Yoko Watanabe, Stephanie O’Donnell and Gautam Shah
Even the most plausible and altruistic reason has to deal with the reality of funding and scope. Accessing globally scalable and replicable solutions for the Earth requires money and that money has to come from somewhere and foster sustainable business models. In this session, our panel of experts discuss how success is driving public and private sector synergies. Each expert double-clicks on his or her field and how they begin to work together to bridge the gaps in the overall solution, we will need to reverse course on climate change. The discussion explores funding challenges and helps developers find entry ways to begin their journey and contribute to sustainability and conservation solutions.
Speaker: Bill Luan
The GoogleThe Coral platform is a powerful set of tools for edge-to-edge AI applications. Google has just announced a new development board called Coral Dev Board Micro, which contains a powerful NXP MCU and Coral Edge Tensor Processing Unit (TPU). Luan explained how this new board has environmental use cases with its ability to process sensor data through machine learning.
The Coral Dave Board Micro
Decarbonization through open devices: accelerating climate progress through public awareness and open innovation
Speaker: Dale Winters
We’ve all heard that carbon emissions have a huge impact on the environment and that we need to reduce those emissions, but what do we do with the carbon already in the air? Dale Winters is CEO of TerraNexuma company dedicated to Decarbonization and Awareness. TerraNexum has developed a small-scale decarbonization device with the support of OpenAir Collective and certification by OSHWA (Open Source Hardware Association). Winters explained how this device works and how similar devices work at larger scales to remove carbon dioxide from the air.
Speakers: Rex St. John, Marcus Luttweiler, Peter Ma, Jeremy Lusau, Muhammed Afzal
This session explored sustainability projects from members of the Hackster community. These projects include CO2 sensor for classroomAnd the Sensor mapping platformAnd the Affordable IoT Agricultural Monitoring. These projects showcase the talent within our community and the value of open hardware development.
Cellular Internet of Things Sensor Data Mapping Device
Speakers: Ginger Zing, Alex Glo, David Groom, Roanak Singh, Alvaro Prieto, Olia Erzak
Alex Glow from Hackster hosts a weekly show where you meet guests who are doing interesting work in our industry and this meeting follows a similar pattern. Besides Glow, David Groom of Hackster’s Jinger Zeng and Make: spoke with experts Ruanak Singh, Alvaro Prieto and Olya Irzak about their impact initiatives. Prieto’s work sofar ocean It provides valuable data through a network of ocean sensors, Irzak’s methane frost laboratories Provides technological resources to mitigate methane, Singh invented Devices for several good reasonsincluding the fight against illegal mining of sand.
Ronak Singh with his illegal sand mining prevention device
Speakers: Jane Fox, Lea Doe, Molly Munoz
Microsoft Azure The platform is very broad and includes many different technologies, including the Internet of Things under the Azure Sphere. But you don’t need your own Azure hardware to take advantage of AzureRTOS, a development kit built in and optimized for IoT. As Fox, Du, and Munoz explain in this session, AzureRTOS is available as an Arduino library that can run on popular microcontroller development boards such as the Seeed Wio Terminal and Arduino Nano 33 Internet of Things.
Speakers: Yi Seung Shin, Bastian den Braber
Hackster hosts several competitions throughout the year, and the IoT Into the Wild Contest for Sustainable Planet 2022 challenges participants to develop systems for environmental improvement. The grand prize winners are Mithun Das and Sachrika Das for their devices Early detection of harmful algal blooms. Among the other winners is Kutluhan Aktar AI Tree Disease IdentifierRichard Wright him penguin counterAnd Salman Fares and Muhammad Zain about them wildfire forecasting device.
Speakers: Kenan Johnson
Not only REBET network A really neat name, it counts too. It’s a global network of carbon dioxide sensors that produce valuable data for everything from climate science to emissions mitigation. But the success of the Ribbit network depends on the amount of data available. To expand the network, Kenan Johnson demonstrated how attendees can build their own frog sensors using a Raspberry Pi single board computer and Ballina (cloud-based IoT technology stack). By building a frog sensor, You are He can become a citizen scientist and contribute to the Ribbit Network.
Crossing the chasm: a discussion on scaling sustainable practices and strategies for driving impact in organizations
Speakers: Jessica Tangman, Fran Becker, Joe Simon, Leo Banchik, Thomas Soderholm, Callum Handforth
As discussed in the Connecting the Dots session, it takes money to make a difference. In many cases, corporate support can provide this. Companies are often eager to support sustainable initiatives – or at least can be persuaded to do so. These speakers know it from experience and share that experience to help follow their lead. If companies like Avnet, Arm, and Nordic Semiconductor can join in, maybe the company you work for can too.
Speaker: Dedric Rochak
Back in the hands-on workshop, Dedric Rojog of Nordic Semiconductor taught attendees how to build a mobile weather station using the Nordic Thingy: 91 Development Kit. This low-power weather station has benefited from energy-saving features to run for years and the Thingy:91 built-in cellular modem allows data to be easily uploaded to cloud services. As with Ribbit, weather stations like these can provide valuable information about the climate — or you can build one for your own convenience.
Speakers: Farhang Naderi, Cat Scott, Ramon Roach, Phil Nelson, Ian Galloway
The surface of our planet pales when compared to the size of our oceans. But even to start addressing environmental issues at those depths, we need a way to explore them and collect data. Underwater robots You face a number of unique challenges and this session simplifies many of them. It covers a complete stack solution for underwater ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) development, including PX4 autopilotAnd the ROS (Robot Operating System)And the OpenCV Computer vision of independent activity.
Speaker: Lakshantha Dissanayake
Rokhaug’s Thingy: A 91-based weather station was great, but it had a drawback: It required cellular service. Dissanayake weather station based on See the studio’s SenseCAP K1100 development kit LoRa integrates long-range data Telecommunications without relying on a permanent infrastructure. LoRa can transmit over miles and LoRa networks can extend that range as much as needed. In addition to, Wio Station Harnessing machine learning to expand device capabilities.
Speakers: Alex Glo and Chris Adams
You probably ride a bike to run and compost in your backyard, but you’re reading this article online and the world’s built-in internet infrastructure uses a lot of power. Goal Green Network Foundation It’s moving that infrastructure from fossil fuel-based energy to renewable energy by 2030. A great way they’re doing that is by providing a tool that allows website owners to check how green their site is. But that’s not all the Green Web Foundation does, as Alex Glo discovered in her interview with Chris Adams.
Speakers: Sashrika Da, Elizabeth Vicarte, Achim Haug, Bryan Costanich, Alex Glow
Another look at the work done by members of the Hackster community and an announcement Hackster Impact Award Winners. Manu Prakash won as a result of his work designing accessible citizen science instruments, such as the $1 Foldscope that led to the world’s largest microscopy program with 1.7 million units. Shah Selby won thanks to his conservation efforts through Conservify and FieldKit, the latter of which is an open software and hardware platform for collecting and sharing research data. Michel Andre won for his pioneering work on WACS (Whale Anti-Collision System), a biological acoustic system that rescues whales from dangerous contact with ships.
Speaker: Bob Martin
At the conclusion of the event, Bob Martin presented his new Microchip AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development Board It is sure to become a springboard for sustainable projects in the wild. This stylish new board contains a versatile and efficient AVR128DB48 microcontroller, a Sequans Monarch 2 LTE-M cellular modem, an Adafruit Feather fingerprint, and a Qwiic connector perfect for connecting sensors. Martin demonstrated the new painting in an environmental sensor cube highlighting its usefulness in this space.
This year’s Impact Summit was a success and we can’t wait to repeat it next year. Be sure to mark your digital calendar so you don’t miss out and explore the work of all of our talented speakers.
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