The wonderful co-working space The Hague Tech hosted us to have a second, smaller, and more focused hackathon to have the full team together and work on our fourth prototype. We had the core team of developers and a selected group of external experts in electronics, back-end development, business development, and education. The day was very productive, and we were lucky with the few external developers/designers present.
Work has been done on the varying work packages, as described below. Moreover, a podcast has been created with interviews with various participants (including Raffaella, Sidney, Thieme) – the podcast is embedded below.
Highlights of the day
- Decided about the strategy → we go for RPi and try to integrate that / we ask for a quote and possible collaboration with DFRobot
- LED design → is improving a lot / will be controlled and with external input this will be ready in a few weeks
- EC sensor was not calibrated, due to time constrains. However, with external input, we found a new way to connect the device with a Raspberry Pi instead of Arduino.
- Other technical issues solved: Websocket vs REST HTML transmission issue /
- We decided about the logo and developed content for the website.
- Open sourcing AstroPlant is getting ready, discussions about licensing and platforms to publish the designs. We have a new partner – WeVolver – who will help us do this.
- We developed a newer casing design with less weight/materials, better looks
- Decided about movability of the LEDs
- Armatures for LED and sensors and RPi
- We devised a couple of scientific protocols – new ideas (water measurements, etc.) + idea to have a few reference kits (with more advanced and more sensors)
- Significant developments regarding the educational strategy: i) February > teacher challenge to develop 100 2-pagers on “How to use AstroPlant with your students/pupils”; ii) We’re not going to develop a complete educational experience/just provide ‘The Educational Kit’ (with the kit, manuals, educational materials) iii) We have an idea what to get out of the Gent pilot
- Strategy was further developed: Roles defined for Border Labs, a local (Dutch) AstroPlant network, and similar networks in Europe, and the sponsors/commercial community
Podcast by Krijn Soeteman
09.30 - Coffee and informal chat 10.00 - Opening and introduction to the work packages (Thieme) Welcome to the new people Updates - kit developments, ESA enthusiastic, coordinating efforts with MIT OpenAg, working place at the New Farm, LED integration, WeVolver partnership, looking for commercial network Avionics 10.15 - Reflection and suggestions for the work packages (whiteboard + postits) 10.45 - Start working - make a goal for today Noon - Developing a MVL (minimally viable lunch) 1230 - Heads up and continue working