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Join our Urban Sensor Hacks Google+ community and connect with makers from all over who are exploring the world around them using off-the-shelf tech and their own ingenuity.

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Discover how sensor-based applications help us understand the urban environment and how people interact within it.

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Learn how sensor platforms make it easy and affordable to build and deploy numerous sensors in urban areas.

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Get started creating sensor-based applications to experiment and learn about the world you live in.

Urban Sensor Hack Sessions

#1: Opening Session with Alasdair Allan

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Author of numerous books published by O’Reilly on sensors including “Distributed Network Data” with Kipp Bradford and “iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino,” Alasdair will take the audience through attaching some simple sensors to an Arduino and then attaching an XBee, feeding the data through an XBee link, and then taking the data into Processing.

by Make Magazine
| Sept 24th 2013
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#2: Environmental Sensing with Patrick DiJusto and Emily Gertz

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In the second of our Urban Sensor Hacks hangouts, Patrick DiJusto & Emily Gertz, Authors of “DIY Enviromental Monitoring with Arduino” and “Atmospheric Monitoring with Arduino” talk to us about making science personal by monitoring your environment with tools of your own making.

by Make Magazine
| Sept 26th 2013
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#3: Building a Wireless Temperature/Humidity Sensor with Alasdair Allan

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Building a Wireless Temperature/Humidity Circuit with a DHT-22

by Make Magazine
| Oct 1st 2013
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#4: Bio Sensing Kits with Sean Montgomery and Kipp Bradford

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Bio-Sensing: Feeling the Pulse of a City. At the heart of urban life are people — what they do and communicate, how they think and feel. Bio-sensing is opening a window into people’s behaviors and motivations in a way that will change nearly every aspect of our lives from health to education to retail experience. Learn how you can hack the bio-sensing revolution and change the way you look at yourself and people around you. Kipp Bradford – Sensing Kits. Kipp will take a detailed look at the kits that went out with the Urban Sensor Hack team package, and talk features and capabilities.

by Make Magazine
| Oct 3rd 2013
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#5: Aircasting with Tim Dye

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Join the AirCasting crew as they guide you through a step by step process for building your own air quality monitor, discuss the challenges involved in achieving accurate measurements, and detail their work with grassroots groups and schools to conduct environmental monitoring and advance STEAM education.

by Make Magazine
| Oct 8th 2013
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#6: Tom Diez’s Smart Citizen

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Smart Citizen: The largest crowdsourced sensor platform and community on earth. How can we use the information that is surrounding us to improve our cities? Can I become a sensor in my city? Can communities make their neighbourhoods better by sensing and acting in their environment? Smart Citizen tries to tackle these questions by developing an open source and easy-to-use sensor kit connected with an online platform and mobile app. The projects starts with environmental sensors to capture data about air pollution, sound, temperature and humidity in the urban environment, but will grow to more applications in relation with energy, agriculture, health, and its use in the Internet of Things ecosystem. More about Smart Citizen.

by Make Magazine
| Oct 10th 2013
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Finale: Team Creations

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We’re finishing a fantastic program with a show-and-tell of projects made by the participating teams, including hackerspaces, universities and more. These teams have been updating their progress on our community page, showing creations built with the various sensors and components we’ve supplied in the Urban Sensor Hack participant page. Tune in at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT to see their work.

by Make Magazine
| Oct 17th 2013
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About Maker Sessions

Making and hacking: Live online events using a Google Plus community to bring together makers online and at physical locations for hacking and making. Maker Sessions are organized around a theme or a purpose – to look at technologies that enable new applications and to encourage people of all skill levels and interests to participate in the development of ideas and applications.

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Urban Sensor Hack Masters

Alasdair Allan, Author of numerous books published by O’Reilly on sensors including “iOS Sensor Apps with Arduino.”

Kipp Bradford, co-author of “Distributed Network Data.”

Tero Karvinem & Kimmo Karvinem, Authors of the “Getting Started with Sensors.”

Patrick Di Jiusto & Emily Gertz, Authors of “DIY Environmental Monitoring with Arduino” and “Atmospheric Monitoring with Arduino.”

Sean Montgomery is an engineer, professor and new-media artist in New York City. After finishing his Ph.D. Neuroscience, Sean co-founded SENSORSTAR Labs, an agile R&D consulting group that utilizes a depth of expertise from electrical engineering and circuit design to algorithms and app development to transform product vision into product reality.

Tim Dye of Sonoma Technology leads initiatives to develop and deploy low-cost environmental instruments and sensors. His enthusiasm for communicating environmental information also inspires him, as a maker and an artist, to explore technology art in his spare time.

Dr. Iem Heng is Assistant Professor of Electrical/Computer Engineering at Manhattan College. Prior to Manhattan College, he was a faculty member at NYC College of Technology (City Tech), and prior to City Tech, he was a faculty member and chair of the CET department at DeVry College (Long Island City, NY). He worked as a researcher for NASA Langley Base in Hampton, VA, for two years.

Raymond Yap earned his Associate in Applied Science in Electromechanical Engineering Technology in 2007 and his Bachelor of Technology in Computer Engineering Technology in 2010 from New York City College of Technology. Currently he is enrolled as a graduate student at Manhattan College, majoring in computer engineering in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.

Michael Heimbinder of Habitatmap.org.

Rob Faludi, Author of “Building Wireless Sensor Networks”.


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