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  • Meet Us at Zaragoza Maker ShowDecember 1, 2015

    Cooking Hacks will be at the third edition of the Zaragoza Maker Show, next December 11 & 12. This is one of the first maker events in Spain, a place to discover all the possibilities of 3D technology, Arduino or Raspberry Pi, where the open source movement is a key factor.

    Zaragoza Maker Show 2015

    In the event, Cooking Hacks will show its project IoT Spartans Challenge, a global contest to involve educational entities and students in the Internet of Things. This project tries to improve participant´s electronic skills in order to be ready to face a technological future as developers.

    The Cooking Hacks conference about the IoT Spartans Challenge will be about how the competition works, the type of participants and the prizes. It is scheduled for December 11 at 18:50.

    The Zaragoza Maker Show will take place at eTopia, the Zaragoza Art and Technology Center, a space designed to promote creative and innovative events. Check a map here.

    More info on zaragozamakershow.com

  • Libelium Launches Global IoT Spartans Challenge to Promote Developer TrainingNovember 10, 2015

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    Who is going to build the projected 50 billion connected devices and Internet of Things systems slated to come online by the year 2020? Libelium is throwing down the gauntlet to empower the future IoT workforce by promoting electronics skills in universities and high schools, offering specialized training and a contest to rank and reward the most promising developers and their educators. With technology advancing at a rapid clip, Libelium’s IoT Spartans challenge intends to bridge the gap between the skills today’s employers need and the career development of a new, emerging IoT workforce whose products and services will touch every sector of the global economy.

    IoT Spartans Challenge – How it works:

    "Today, a shortage of qualified professionals to build the Internet of Things could be holding the industry back,” said Alicia Asín, Libelium’s CEO. “Building the IoT requires teaching and learning new skills that involve electronics, sensor networks, hardware, and software development. With the IoT Spartans Challenge we are helping universities, colleges and high schools train and guide the future workers who will build and run IoT projects and long term deployments, and giving them recognition for their efforts.”

    IoT Student Kit

    The IoT Spartans Challenge is available to individuals and educational institutions, with free online registration open between December 16, 2015 and January 31, 2016. In 2016, from February 1 through June 10, participants may attend webinars covering IoT concepts using the Waspmote IoT development platform, and take quizzes and exams. A ranking of the top 300 IoT Spartans will be published every month between February and June 2016. The top three developers will win cash prizes ranging from 500 Euros to 3,000 Euros for individuals, and the highest-ranking educational institution will win 5,000 Euros in equipment from the Libelium catalogue.

    IoT Spartans Ambassador

    Technology, engineering, and electronics students can nominate their professors and teachers to participate as IoT Spartans Ambassadors.

    Join the challenge and find out more at www.iot-spartans.com

    IoT Spartans

  • Come Join Us at Maker Faire Bilbao 2015November 9, 2015

    Cooking Hacks will be once again at Maker Faire Bilbao, on the weekend of November 20-22. Yes, the whole weekend, this year Bilbao says goodbye to the "mini" and takes the next step to become a full Maker Faire, with more than 100 projects in display.

    LoRa 868 Extreme Range Connectivity Kit

    We will be promoting the recently launched IoT Spartans Challenge, an educational program by Libelium to identify, promote and give public recognition to the best future IoT developers. This program offers specialized training and a contest to rank and reward the most promising developers, including prizes for the top three developers and the top educational institution.

    You will also find in our booth some of our kits for developers and students, covering wireless technologies like LoRa(868/900), 3G, GPRS, GPS, XBee and the new Sigfox 868 Extreme Range Connectivity Kit. All this kits come with basic components like resistors and LEDs, sensors (LDR and Temperature), an LCD display, a servo and a micro motor. Take a look at the tutorials to see an example of what you can achieve with them.

    Maker Faire Bilbao will take place at Antigua FĂĄbrica de Galletas de Bilbao (Old Cookie Factory!) in Zorrozaurre. Check a map here.

    More info on bilbaomakerfaire.com

    Maker Faire Bilbao 2015

  • Do you want to come with us to Maker Faire Rome 2015?October 13, 2015

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    As we announced a few weeks ago, we will be at Maker Faire Rome 2015 next weekend.

    But that's not all! We have in our hands 5 coupons to exchange for a free ticket to MFR15, and we would like to share them with you.

    To get your coupon you just have to leave a comment on this post, and the first five comments we receive will be the winners of a free ticket each.

    (If you are not sure you can make it to Rome, Italy, next weekend, please let other people enjoy this opportunity).

    We will contact the winners to send them the coupons and we will notify here when we run out of coupons. So hurry and good luck!

    Don't forget to come by our booth (number 4 on Pavilion G) and meet us on "IoT SPARTANS CHALLENGE - A LIBELIUM INITIATIVE" on October 18h at 11:00 am, room 6.

  • Cooking Hacks will be at Maker Faire Rome October 16-18September 1, 2015

    Once again we will be at Maker Faire The European Edition in Rome, on October 16-18. We are looking forward to meeting you there and tell you all about our new projects and devices. Maker Faire Rome is one of the largest maker events in Europe, last year over 90,000 people attended and around 600 inventions were displayed for the public.

    New Website and Strategic Orientation

    New Starter Kit

    One of the news that we will be sharing with you is our new website. A few months back we launched a new site, but it was more than just a simple redesign. It was part of CH response to the increasing demand for developers in the IoT.

    We have redefined our Starter Kit, we have included some new products in it, and you have the chance to customize it and choose the platform you want to work with (Arduino, Raspberry Pi or Intel Galileo). Now you can find 20 new kits in our shop, everyone of them with all the components from the Starter Kit and covering some of the most demanded IoT technologies.

    To learn how to use all these new kits and to support our commitment with technical training we have prepared new tutorials, that makes over a 100 in total. This should provide you with a solid background for you to be able to develop your own wireless and sensor applications.

    Besides, we have reorganize our kits, and now they can be sorted by Platform, User Level and Category. In addition, we have developed a new search tool that will help you navigate through our tutorial list.

    Read more about this new Strategic Orientation here.

    IoT Spartan Challenge

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    Another project that we will be presenting is the IoT Spartan Challenge, to be launched in the next few months. This is a Libelium initiative to identify and give public recognition to the best IoT developers.

    Cooking Hacks, Libelium open source and education division, is strongly supporting this project that will allow developers and students to participate in a contest in order to be one of the best IoT developers.

    You can already join the challenge by registering in www.iot-spartans.com. After that Libelium will give free webinars on Waspmote as a development tool for the IoT, and will exam the participants to rank them monthly in a public list with the top 300.

    When the challenge is over, there will be prizes for the best University and for the best 3 developers.

    Make sure to meet us on "IOT SPARTANS CHALLENGE – A LIBELIUM INITIATIVE", a talk where we will explain everything about this challenge. October 18th, 11:00 am, on room 6.

    Read more about Libelium IoT training.

    You can see here some photos of our participation in Maker Faire Rome 2014.

    MFR15 will be held at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, see it on a map here.

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  • Cooking Hacks will be at the Campus Party EcuadorAugust 25, 2015

    Cooking Hacks will be at the fifth edition of the Campus Party in Quito, Ecuador, from Sept 30 to Oct 4. Founded in 1997 as a gaming event, has since evolved into one of the largest events in the world on innovation and technology disclosure. This year's edition will have more than 260 hours of contents, over 30 workshops and 18 participative forums. Besides, CEPC5 will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Jules Verne's "From the Earth to the Moon" and will be inspired by his visionary perspective of the world.

    2015 is the innovation year on tech entrepreneurship and smart cities development, this is why two complete areas will be exclusively dedicated to explore the world of makers in START UPS & MAKERS and SMART CITIES.

    e-Health Sensor Platform

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    Luis MartĂ­n, Cooking Hacks R+D engineer will be talking in IoT revolution: IoT Accessible for Everyone about the fact that being able to connect any device to the internet is opening an endless world of possibilities, and for the first time thanks to low cost platforms and DIY makers can now compete on equal terms with large corporations.

    Particularly, one of the most restricted areas for makers and startups has been eHealth, due to the high cost of sensors in this field. Cooking Hacks will introduce the e-Health Sensor Platform, a low cost medical sensor platform designed for investigation, prototyping new devices and even as a diagnostic tool.

    This shield is designed for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo and allows you to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed with 10 different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR – sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/electromyography sensor (EMG).

    In order to send all the biometric data to the cloud and store it or visualize it in real time, six different wireless connectivity options are available: Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth, 802.15.4 and ZigBee.

    A related case study will be presented with a live demo of this platform. This talk is scheduled for Oct 3 at 10 pm, more info here.

    Read about some real applications of the e-Health Sensor Platform:

    IoT Student Kit

    Luis will later give a workshop introducing the Iot Student Kit and Waspmote, Libelium solution for the Internet of Things. It is a wireless sensor platform specially designed for monitoring your environment and highly focused on autonomy and low consumption. It has a modular and horizontal approach that allows to collect data with more than 100 sensors available and several specific sensor boards that help to easily use these sensors (smart cities, gases, smart water, etc). You can connect all these sensors to any cloud platform using one of the 15 radio technologies available, from LoRa to WiFi, ZigBee or Bluetooth.

    The IoT Student Kit was designed in response to the increasing demand of developers for the IoT, and to empower Libelium's campaign to support technical education on wireless sensor networks and electronics. In addition to this campaign, Libelium will launch in the next months the IoT Spartan Challenge, an initiative to identify and give public recognition to the best developers.

    The kit includes a waspmote board and a sensor board, several sensors, a battery and ZigBee 802.15.4 modules. This workshop will make use of waspmote as the brain of a project that will be capable of monitoring our environment and wirelessly send all the information.

    IoT Student Kit

    The workshop will start with a presentation of this sensor platform and its role in the IoT, including a basic explanation on how to program a microcontroller. It will follow with some advanced functions like SD, accelerometer, interrupts or real time clock, and after that a description and several tests of temperature, luminosity and presence (PIR) sensors.

    The last step of the workshop will be to equip the project with wireless connectivity through an XBee module, so the information gathered from the sensors can be wirelessly sent for storage or visualization. This should provide the participants with some basic knowledge in order to be able to develop any IoT application they can imagine. The workshop will start on October 2nd at 8 pm, see the content here.

  • Cooking Hacks will be at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015May 12, 2015

    Once again, we will be at Maker Faire Bay Area 2015, May 15, 16 & 17. (Yes, this time starts on Friday, one more day to enjoy!). Come and join us! To take a look at our products, don't forget to search for us on the Maker Faire APP. Jorge and Andrea will be showcasing our e-Health Sensor Platform, Open Aquarium and Open Garden, among other products that we will bring to the table.

    You can read more about our participation last year in this links.

    Open Garden

    We are presenting Open Garden. It is an open source platform to remotely control your indoor and outdoor plants. We provide three different kits, each one for a specific kind of growing plant scenario: indoor (houses and greenhouses), outdoor (gardens and fields) and hydroponics (plants in water installations).

    To control the state of the plants, this platform allows to measure several parameters:

    • Soil Moisture (Indoor and Outdoor Kits)
    • Temperature, Light and Humidity (All kits)
    • pH, Conductivity and Temperature (Hydroponics Kit)

    On the other hand, it includes several actuators to modify the condition of the plants:

    • Water Pump and Droppers for Irrigation (Indoor kit)
    • Electro valve and Sprinkler for Sprinkling (Outdoor kit)
    • Oxygen Pump and Growing Light (Hydroponics kit)

    You can also upload plant status data to a web server by using any of the available wireless interfaces (WiFi, GPRS, 3G) to see the information on a mobile device.

    Cooking Hacks Open Garden

    Open Aquarium

    We are also showcasing our Open Aquarium platform. It's designed to automate the maintenance tasks in aquariums, fish tanks and ponds so you can take a better care of your fish. It is based on Arduino and consists of two different but complementary kits: Basic and Aquaponics.

    The platform includes 5 different sensors to measure key parameters such as temperature, pH and Conductivity and to control the state of the aquarium: water level and leakage. Besides, it can automate several tasks, such as heating and cooling the water or feeding the fish, controlling the intensity of light to simulate day and night cycles and activating pumps for water change or medicines administration with 4 actuators.

    Open Aquarium Project -  Aquarium Monitoring for Arduino

    We have developed an Open Source API to control the platform with Arduino and a web application to store all the information from the sensors in a data base and visualize it from iPhone / Android devices.

    Read more about Open Aquarium here.

    e-Health Sensor Platform

    e-Health Sensor Platform

    Another of our products that we are sure you will be thrilled to check is the e-Health Sensor Platform. It is a shield designed for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo that allows you to perform biometric and medical applications where body monitoring is needed with 10 different sensors: pulse, oxygen in blood (SPO2), airflow (breathing), body temperature, electrocardiogram (ECG), glucometer, galvanic skin response (GSR – sweating), blood pressure (sphygmomanometer), patient position (accelerometer) and muscle/electromyography sensor (EMG).

    Six different wireless connectivity options are available to send all the biometric information gathered by the sensors so you can store it or visualize it in real time (Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth, 802.15.4 and ZigBee). Don't miss the chance to try our e-Health Platform.

    Read about some real applications of the e-Health Sensor Platform:

  • May Maker Events ScheduleApril 29, 2015

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    As you surely know, we are very much looking forward to the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015. We wrote about it a few days ago, we will be attending and presenting some of our main products.

    Everybody would like to go to a huge event like this one, but it's a long trip and, in case you can't make it, here's a little recap with every Maker Faire event in the month of May.

    Mini Maker Faires are obviously smaller in scale than the rest but they keep the spirit and vision of the larger events: it's open to anybody, covers from technical to art and performance issues and encourages people to participate. It is a place where makers come to show their work and learn new things from other makers.

    These events vary in size too, the smaller ones can have just 300 people and around 10 makers attending and the larger Faires over 150 makers and up to 6000 attendees. They last for around 8 hours in a single day, and most of them take place during spring and summer to take advantage of the nice weather.

    Despite being independently organized, you have to apply for and receive a license from Maker Faire to organize one yourself. They provide a set of guidelines and resources that might be quite helpful if you are considering to arrange a Mini Maker Faire. Find out more here.

    Week by week: every Mini Maker Faire

    But for the time being here's every Mini Maker Faire in May: in the US three events will be held on May 2, Cedar Rapids (IA), North Little Rock (AK) and Chicago Northside (IL), and that very same day we have Jinqiao (Shanghai, China). Trossen Robotics (video below) will be in Chicago Northside:

    Next weekend, May 9, Rockford Auburn (IL) will held its first Faire along with Orange County (Irvine, California) and Honolulu (HI). Over Europe, Trieste in Italy and Stockholm in Sweden are facing their second edition.

    You can enjoy a two day event in Austin (TX) on May 16 & 17. We have a first timer in Wilson County (TX) and another one in the Institute of Imagination (London, UK). And yet another two day long Faire in Jerusalem (Israel, May 24 & 25).

    To finish the month we have a pretty busy weekend. Four cities will be joining with a first edition event on May 30: Minneapolis / St. Paul (MN), Jackson Hole (WY), Meridian (MS) and Southwest Michigan (MI). In America you could also attend Reno (NV), Piedmont(CA), Cape Cod (MA), and Sunshine Coast (BC, Canada). And, finally, Halifax (UK).

    Featured Maker Faires in May

    As we just told you before, one of the two Flagship Faires (Bay Area) is in May. Apart from this massive event, two more Featured Faires will be held this month. Featured Faires are organized in collaboration with Maker Faire and and are larger in attendance and duration than Mini Faires. They last for a couple of days and usually have over 10,000 attendees and more than 200 maker exhibits.

    The first one in this month is Paris Maker Faire, on May 2 & 3. It will take place in the Foire de Paris exposition (Paris Fair), and it will have more than 6,000 m2 available and over 250 makers are expected. Apart from the usual hacks and projects regarding electronics, drones and DIY, there will be art and interactive performances, like Les Machines de l'ĂŽle in the video below:

    At the end of the month, during the very last weekend, May 30 & 31, we have the other featured Faire in Taipei (Taiwan). Already facing its third edition, is one of the Maker Faire veterans in Asia.

    Check every event in this map

    Make sure you find some time to attend to one of this events, you won't regret it!

    We will keep you informed about every upcoming Faire, we have some really busy months ahead.

    Read about other events here.

  • Counting the days till the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015April 27, 2015

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    Lately, we have been telling you about how the Maker Faire started and all the different maker events for the month of April. Now, we are going to look a little bit closer at the Maker Faire Bay Area. It will take place in a couple of weeks, May 15, 16 & 17, 2015, in San Mateo, California, so you can start getting ready for the greatest show and tell on earth.

    This year there will be an early access on Friday, May 15, so Industry Innovators, Maker Movement Partners, Corporate Groups, Educators and school groups and the Media have a dedicated and focused time with the makers before the busy weekend.

    Maker Week: Along with the Maker Faire in New York, this is one of the two Flagship Faires. Since these are the biggest Maker meetings it doesn't just come down to a single weekend. The whole week leading up to the event is dedicated to activities and conferences in which makers and hackers can warm up for the main event.

    Starting on Monday 11, the San Mateo Innovation Week holds the kick-off party for a week to celebrate the spirit of creativity, productivity and innovation. A hackathon oriented to civic projects will start on Tuesday and the very next day begins the STEM fair, an event created for young students to get interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. A series of presentations and talks on innovative strategies in reducing violence in communities will close the week on Friday.

    On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 12 & 13, MakerCon, a Conference for Makers by Makers, will host several presentations and meetings regarding the influence of Making on education, economy and emerging markets, manufacturing or design. MakerCon is the place for entrepreneurs or product developers to seek advice and information on the financial and market aspects of their prototypes and inventions.

    Keep up to date with the schedule for the Maker Week.

    What to do in the Maker Faire Bay Area

    The Flagship Faires (Bay Area and NY) are massive events, so you probably want to carefully plan your weekend to make sure you don't miss anything interesting.

    Hundreds of makers will be showcasing their work on the faire. Here you can check the complete list of makers that will attend the event. You can browse by topic to find the hacks and projects you are most interested in. It covers from 3D printing to music, food, health or robotics, surely there is something that draws your attention. (Call for makers).

    Maker exhibit consists of an individual or groups and organizations willing to demonstrate what they make. You can also attend to performances from musicians and entertainers (like the Burning Man in the video above), they usually take place on stage, but, in the past, some of them were roaming around the venue. They all are encouraged to bring an interactive exhibit or performance to enhance participation.

    Apart from the exhibits and performances there will be 10 to 45 minute long presentations from makers who'd like to describe and talk about their project and how it works, saving some time for Q&A. The complete schedule with every activity will be out in a few days.

    Cooking Hacks in Maker Faire

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    Cooking Hacks proudly sponsors the Maker Faire Bay Area and will be at the tenth annual meeting. Last year we attended the event to showcase our main products and hacks.

    Among others, we presented the e-Health Sensor Platform, a shield for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo that allows to perform medical applications with 10 different sensors. Inventor Michael Script developed and showed a Infant Respiratory Rate Sensor, based on the e-Health platform, that could help to treat infant pneumonia by measuring breath rate, heart rate and body position. Read about it here.

    We also presented Open Garden, an open source alternative to control your indoor and outdoor plants, and the Radiation Shield. Some of the custom hacks that we took to the Bay Area were the Mind-controlled Beer Machine, the Cooking Hacks Dog Robot and the RFID LED Lamp.

    Read about our visit to the event last year (Part I – Part II).

    Cooking Hacks Beer Machine
    Our cute robot dog

    We will keep you posted on our visit to the Maker Faire Bay Area 2015.

  • International Space Apps ChallengeApril 20, 2015

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    The Space Apps Challenge is an international event coordinated by NASA. A 48 hour long hackathon, it is focused on space exploration and international collaboration to produce open-source solutions to address global needs applicable to both life on Earth and life in space.

    On April 11&12 teams of tech enthusiasts competed and collaborated to contribute with innovative alternatives to a list of 25 global challenges in four areas: Earth, Outer Space, Humans and Life in Space, making use of open data supplied by NASA missions. These challenges range from designing your own asteroid mission to mapping of drinking water resources.

    133 cities around the world joined this event that encourages to cooperate and work together, and nearly a thousand projects were presented. Local hosts judge the project at each location based on creativity, impact, sustainability, presentation and product solution. Up to two of them can be nominated and advance to a global judging round. Besides, each event can pick one People's Choice nomination so everybody can vote for their favorites via social media among the top 25. See the global nominations here.

    In this global round, it's time for NASA to select five winners in each of the five finalist categories: Best Mission Concept, Best Use of Hardware, Best Use of Data, Most Inspiring and Galactic Impact. Finalists must upload to a public repository any code developed for the app and have to prepare a short description and record a one minute video about the project.

    Space Apps Zaragoza

    Zaragoza held one of the many events that took place over Europe. Libelium and Cooking Hacks sponsored this Space Apps Challenge, and contributed by providing five Arduino Uno that were handed over to the winners.

    It was the second edition of Space Apps Zaragoza. Last year was really successful, with over 80 participants, and even one of the teams, OpenCuriosity, made it to the international final (read about it here). The place was filled with students, young professionals and techies.

    Space Apps Zaragoza

    The day started with a talk on cosmic radiation followed by a presentation of ideas and teams. Then it was time for every team to work on their apps. Another talk on the Space Race on the evening and after that, everybody kept working until late at night. On the second day, all the teams hurried to finish their projects and present them to the jury.

    A total of eight teams presented their projects, which were focused on various themes: water management, wearables, forest mapping... Here you have the two picks for the international round and the people's choice app: Eye of Horus, Cropper and WaterImprove.

    Eye of Horus

    The first project to be nominated was Eye of Horus, an app developed by Makeroni team that meets the challenge of Space Wearables: to design wearable clothing that could help engineers, technicians on earth and researchers and astronauts in space.

    It is a open source platform that enables the user to interact with objects via eye-tracking. It includes a wireless system that evaluates eye pupil images under infrared illumination, and a frontal camera that lets the system know where you are looking at.

    The prototype is powered by a lithium battery that supplies 5V through a DC/DC converter. It includes a VoCore, a coin-sized Linux computer with WiFi that runs OpenWrt, a small USB endoscope camera and IR leds to illuminate the eyes. The pupil absorb IR light, resulting in a dark spot in the images recorded by the camera. A bandpass filter was attached to the camera to block the non-infrared frequencies of light.

    As a complement for this prototype, a Light beacon (Infrared Flashlight) device was designed so the system can communicate with other devices. When the eye tracking system detects that you are looking at the IR light from the beacon the computer sends a turn on/off request. The beacon receives this request through a bluetooth low energy module (BLE) and, in this case, turns on and off a lamp with a relay control module. They also 3D printed the casing for the system.

    Luis MartĂ­n, from Cooking Hacks, and JosĂŠ Luis Berrocal, from Libelium's IT Department, are part of this team. We are proud of you guys!

    Find out all about Eye of Horus here.

    Cropper

    Cropper

    The second nominee was Cropper, an app developed by five students of the University of Zaragoza to solve the Crop Alert Challenge: a mobile/web app that provides crowd-sourced data so it helps growers to deal with pests and diseases in their crops.

    In their own words it is a real-time collaborative social-network made for farmers who want to alert to other farmers of dangerous events, like floods, storms, plagues, diseases, etc. Users are able to add an event or report diseases in their crops so the data is represented on a world map. You can subscribe to a specific area in order to receive an alert with any incident related to it.

    Follow Cropper's development on their blog and Twitter account.

    People's Choice: WaterImprove

    This team, which includes an economist and a geologist, attemps to solve the Clean Water Mapping Challenge. They made an app that represents drinking water quality anywhere in the world so you can visualize data on a map in real time. Read about their project here.

    The results of the global judging process will be announced in May, we will keep you posted on it.

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