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Here are some quick results from our Apps for Climate Change Workshop at Mozfest (which we blogged about in a previous post)
We had about 15 people at the workshop—a mix of school students, people with citizen science projects, educators, and developers.
You can find a list of the ideas we came up with—and the AppMaker components we built—on our workshop etherpad.
The main goal was to come up with a list of citizen science components for the AppMaker developers, but we also managed to build some components and even some apps. All of these apps are available on our fork of the appmaker repo on github and also on the appmaker server we started for the session
A Geolocation Component
An enhanced charting component
A very buggy map component
As you can see the tiling isn’t working right
A component to convert thingspeak json to charting json
We also designed a few a few example citizen science apps. With two of them we got as far as a v1 in appmaker itself–you can try them yourself using the QR codes below (Android, FirefoxOS only–sorry iPhone users ): An Air Quality Monitoring App, which is designed to monitor data from an arduino Air Quality Station in real time (the data at the moment is being generated by a “dummy” station on the web, but we’ll test it in the field later in the week), and a Trash Tracking app (in search of a photo upload component…). Both were built by students from the EF Academy in Oxford, who came down from Oxford for the workshop with their teacher, Lily Giraud.
Air Quality Monitor
Finally, we were asked to demo the apps at the demo session on Sunday Evening. I chose the EF Academy’s air quality monitoring app as the featured app for the big screen.