Hi Everyone, I'm Jacinta.
Akiba and I are from Freaklabs and we'll be taking you through the course. We're so excited to meet you all, and see what kinds of applications you create out of it!
A little bit about Freaklabs and ourselves.
We develop open source hardware for wildlife research and environmental conservation, and collaborate / work with individual researchers, researchers institutes and organisations like UNESCO, International Rice Research Institute, and The World Bank.
Some of our projects include adding audio triggers to camera traps to monitor responses to predator/prey sounds in Africa, monitoring the water levels in rice paddies fields in Asia, monitoring the GPS and liquid levels in septage trucks to prevent illegal dumping into the Nile, and radiation monitoring in Japan.
I'm a developer, working on APIs and applications using Arduino and python. I'm interested in ecological restoration and biodiversty, and soil.
Akiba has over 25 years experience in electronics and product design, specialising in outdoor monitoring, wireless sensor networks and manufacturing.
Akiba and I move between Australia and Japan. In Japan, we run Hackerfarm (with a few others) and have a little farm and orchard.
We're looking forward to meeting everyone, and answering questions / supporting people, as we go through.