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nyc2014ideas nyc2014ideas Science Hack Ideas (2014)

 

What is this? A list of ideas for Science Hack Day NYC 2014, part of the World Science Festival. which is happening on the weekend of 31 May- 1 June 2014 at NYU MAGNET ( BxmC, the Brooklyn eXperimental Media Center ). Registration on Eventbrite

 

What ideas are on this list? Good science hacks combine inspiring science topics with interesting hardware or software challenges. Be bold, but be realistic - it's just a weekend! Browse the list below to see if there are Science Hacks you'd like to contribute to. Or add your own Science Hack idea by editing this wiki. To get an idea of what works, here's a list of the hacks that were pitched at Science Hack Day 2013, and a blogpost about last year's winners.

 

How will the ideas be pitched? Doors open Saturday at 10am, and the pitching starts at 11am. Anyone who has posted an idea to the list below will get three minutes and three slides to pitch. If people like your idea, they'll join your team. On Sunday at 5pm, teams will compete for prizes in categories Best Science, Best Tech, Best Design, Best Social Impact and Crowd Choice.

 

List of Science Hacks Ideas


 


Ecan - An Interactive Trash Can for Education

 

Help us turn the Ecan into an education platform. The Ecan provides tools like gloves, bags and grippers to make cleaning up the city fun and rewarding.  It interfaces with www.emrals.com as well so you earn Emrals, a new cryptocurrency created for civic good.  The can uses a touch screen, solar panels and interfaces with the app on your phone to access the internet and keep score.  A sonic sensor and weight level show you the effectiveness of the cleanup.

 

Hackers: Your Name, Email, Twitter Username

 

Sean Auriti, sean@emrals.com @seanauriti

 

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Commenter Name, Email, Twitter Username   

 

 

 


BLDG BLOK - collecting and curating oral history

 

BLDG BLOK is a pocket time machine. The location-based mobile app tells you the history of a place from past to present through images and stories. Our curated content is created in partnership with cultural institutions throughout New York City. We now want to mash it up with Google Glass in order to make everyone a curator through crowdsourcing oral histories of New York in a thoughtful way so that we add a new layer of history.

 

By adding the Google Glass layer to BLDG BLOK we’re able to open the door to allow everyone to become a curator and report on the cultural history of the city, including what’s happening on their block today. We want to experiment to see how New Yorkers will capture their own perspectives of the city capturing photos, video and audio on Google Glass. We see this as a way to expand the BLDG BLOK archives – and of keeping with the BLDG BLOK philosophy that technology enhances story telling.

 

We need your help! Storytellers: join us to record the stories of the city. Hackers: help us get these stories on Google Glass and BLDG BLOK. We want to see the BLDG BLOK app on Google Glass.

 

 

Hackers: Liz McEnaney and Dana Karwas Email: info@bldgblok.com Twitter @bldgblok

 

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Commenter Name, Email, Twitter Username   

 

 


The Pulse of Citizen Science

 

Help us take the pulse of Citizen Science.

 

We’d like to find out how many visitors to WSF know about Citizen Science, and how much they know. Together, you’ll help us build a vox pop , then we’ll go out and ask WSFers your questions. And we’ll also have a crowd-sourced self survey for those with audio-boo on their mobiles...

 

Work in Progress:

 

 

 

 

Hackers: Julie Gould @JuliePCGould, Brian Fuchs @bcf5 & Margaret Gold @MobileMaggie  (The Mobile Collective http://www.mobilecollective.co.uk/)

 

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Sound and My City

 

The goal of the CUSP Sound project, in collaboration with the Citygram project,  is to capture, analyze, understand and visualize the sound of NYC. Which areas of the city are the noisiest? Why? What are the most frequent sound (and noise) sources in different parts of the city? How does sound affect our life in NYC? These are all questions we hope to tackle in this project.

 

The “Sound and My City” activity is a citizen science initiative designed to enable you to be part of this project! Through recording, labeling, and eventually examining the results, you will learn about the different steps involved in soundscape research, and help us expand our sound database for research purposes.

 

Hackers: Justin Salamon justin.salamon at nyu.edu and Charlie Mydlarz cm3580 at nyu.edu

 

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OpenTrons Biobot

 

OpenTrons is an open-source lab automation platform. The BioBot is the OpenTrons liquid handling robot. It makes wetwork automation accessible and affordable to everyone. 

 

We will have a fully working BioBot, and would love to automate anything from DNA extraction to immunostaining for a citizen bio-science project that needs scalability. Or, we can hack on the robot with people, adding a new module or capability to the OpenTrons repertoire. 

 

Hackers: Will Canine, willcanine at gmail dot com, @willcanine

 

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www.opentrons.com

 

 


Science Makers

 

Help us develop projects for ScienceMakers. http://www.sciencemakers.net/

 

ScienceMakers is an online community platform for DIY science projects that anybody can collaborate on or replicate themselves, and share the data. Our initiative is primarily focused on supporting high schools and maker communities in bringing software development and hardware hacking to genuine science projects.

 

Calling all project owners: We’d really like to develop project ideas that can have online collaboration at their core—where students from across the globe can collaborate in real time. Please share your projects with us so that we can write it up on the website and encourage others to join ins.

 

Calling all web devs: We are starting to design and develop the collaborative elements of the site, that allow discussions, sharing, posting, collaborating, and data publishing. All help is most welcome.

 

Calling all hardware hackers: We are headed up to Barrow Alaska at the end of July to work with a group of high school students and community members to hack their own sensors and hardware together, to take out onto the ice and track their changing environment due to climate change, which has a direct impact on their traditional customs and subsistence life-style.

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Tean: Margaret Gold (@MobileMaggie) & Brian Fuchs (@bcf5) e-mail: margaret at sciencemakers dot net.

 

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Soil for the Air

 

Soil for the Air is a physical and digital platform for a crowd-sourced research project in soil biology.  Specifically, it is focusing on a special kind of soil-dwelling fungus that has recently been discovered to sequester (store) huge amounts of carbon underground.  Normally this fungus lives symbiotically with plant roots in the soil. Soil for the Air aims to study whether this fungus can grow with agricultural plants.  In order to scale up the research and to built awareness about this potential new discovery (and climate change in general), Soil for the Air aims to go crowd-sourced.

 

So far, initial rounds of research has been done, and an in-home growing tank system has been prototyped, and a website for information and enabling participants to join has been built.

 

The next step is to recruit participants and built an online forum for them to communicate and share tips, info, and documentation of their work.

 

Hacker: Erika Miller,  erikahansenmiller at gmail dot come

 

Comments: soilfortheair.org  

 


NYC Air Map

 

The NYC Air Map will consolidate, integrate, and open data related to air quality in NYC that otherwise exist separately, or within non-interactive static reports. This can provide the public, policymakers, students, and all those interested with a one-stop shop for air quality related data. By enabling participatory engagement, a new discussion may begin to take shape, new issues or solutions may emerge, and a greater understanding can form.  Air quality information may be obtained or inferred from monitoring networks, one-time campaigns, calculated and measured emissions, citizen complaints, modeling, asthma statistics, etc.

 

During this weekend we would identify all air quality related data sets that currently exist on the NYC Open Data Portal, relevant data sets that do not exist on the portal yet, and begin to experiment with visualizations and integration of the data into a single platform. 

 

Hackers: Steve Carrea, carrea.steve at gmail dot com, @alldayiwonder

 

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Commenter Name, Email, Twitter Username   

 


Science Talk

 

Science Talk is an app / device leveraging the current urban social media obsessed culture in help helping people to actually connect in person and talk about science and tech. Science is an urban socialization tool that is meant to help in connecting people and getting people to talk to one another about science topics and research, etc. It is a networking and connecting tool. For the hacking session, the idea will to develop the devices that implement this idea (hardware and software). Rad team members sought. 

 

Hackers: 'kola Afo, apostrophekola@aol.com, @senegalspring

 

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Sound proofing material for urban homes

 

In todays urban home we are being exposed to constant noise from outside ( traffic, maintenance, construction)

or inside (boiler, appliances). This creates a constant buzz in the head. Not all homes are equipped to handle this noise. I would like to see if we can make something which is aesthetically pleasing plus sound proofing ( absorption or reflection)

 

Hackers: Nupur Jain

 

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Commenter Nupur Jain, kaulnupur@gmail.com, Twitter Username   

 

 


The Third Way of Giving (for Natural Disasters)

 

We have seen multiple natural disasters that cause large scale devastation around the world in the last a few years, to name a few,  China Wenchuan earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, or Typhoon Haiyan.

 

On the other hand, everyone including you and me, no matter how warmhearted on it, only have limited money, time, and resources to contribute to the relief effort. Is there a way for us the collective mass that have similar wishes but limited resources to contribute to the relief effort in small but collectively significant way? We seem to have a solution, using the power of Internet.

 

Hackers: Haobo Lai, contact@laihaobo.com, @laihaobo

 

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[Commenter Name, Email, Twitter Username]  

 

 


Kickstarting Pathomap

 

Pathomap is a research project by Weill Cornell Medical College to study the microbiotic population and genetic dynamics in urban areas in order to detect and respond to escalated microbial dangers. The researchers behind Pathomap will be at Science Hack Day's CItizen Science Explorers Programme, handing out swabs for their first forray into crowdsourcing data for their project. They've tried raising funding for the project through one crowdsourcing platform, with limited success.

 

What they really need is some help from the crowd at Science Hack Day in figuring out how to make a really compelling crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. The goal of this hack is to do just that, and maybe even submit the campaign to Kickstarter by the end of the weekend. On the way, we want to learn about why so little science is successfully crowdfunded, and figure out how to get the crowd more deeply involved in working with the scientists to develop the research agenda for their project. That could be really revolutionary! 

 

Hackers: Chih Ning Lee, chihninglee at nyu.edu

 

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Measuring the Mood of WSF14 with Tweets

 

The idea of this project is to filter out tweets related to the World Science Festival, and then get people online to help crowdsource the mood of those tweets - do people tweeting about certain events seem happy? Excited? Confused? Disappointed?

 

We all know computers can learn a lot about us from our digital trails. But when it comes to moods, especially in short, cryptic tweets, humans are still far better judges. Most of this app is already built and tested. We want to finalize a prototype over the weekend that could be used for many other types of tweet-related research on human emotions. If successful, we would make it available freely and openly for other researchers to use.

 

Hackers: Pratik Chunawala, pratik dot chunawala at nyu dot edu

 

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What's in my backyard: The Superbugs of the Gowanus Canal

 

About 1 mile from the Science Hack site lies the Gowanus Canal, one of the most polluted sites in the US if not the world (More info).  Full of toxic metals, pollutants and fecal matter, and mostly devoid of oxygen, somehow life manages to exist. Let's find out how that's possible.  My hopes for this weekend are to take samples from the canal, figure out logistics of getting the samples sequenced and using publicly available data and tools to prototype pipelines to analyze biome data.

 

Hackers: Steve, hershman@gmail.com

 

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maha said

at 12:41 pm on May 25, 2014

comet at earth

enviromental conservation

comet ,releated illustration,and oil panting

increase education at schools ,museums to create mointering station campgin



comet produce toxin ,cloud ashes , air pollution ,fumes and gases ,it affect economy ,industry and tourism ,air port operation

global warming

encourage measurment and mentoiring satation

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