May Accelerator Team Updates

Posted on May 24, 2013 in Accelerator

As our teams near the end of their time with our accelerator, they are focusing on logistical considerations, building business relationships and networks, and data analysis. They most recently met with Kate Chapman of OpenStreetMap and discussed data and user needs for their applications.

Agrodomestics is developing a model of developer-user interaction with both their prototypes and the data to be gathered from those prototypes. One of the goals of their open-source platform is for users to contribute back or be able to engage with the software and hardware on their own. To achieve this, any technical documentation must be parseable by non-technical users, clearly articulated, and easily translated into other languages. One of the manual models they are examining is the Public Laboratory for Open Science for their easily understood guides with massive technical applications. Agrodomestics seeks to create manuals in collaboration and development with their users instead of a top-down model of interaction.

In the short term, website development, social media presence, and microblogging are in the works to provide interested parties with updates and spread the word about sustainable urban technologies.

Long term plans include a pilot project in surrounding countries and development of workshops in Madrid, Bilbao, and Barcelona. The Agrostation, their open environment public laboratory is in the production stage at the Madrid Cultural Center. Agrodomestics is also considering a “barn raising” hackathon to garner programmer and developer interest in the program before an open call for technical help.

Bachchao’s platform development schedule has a new release date of June 30 for the first iteration of their Android distress app. While other distress technologies are in the planning and development stages, the mobile app is almost ready for deployment.

The teams is finessing structure and creating a corporate entity. As a post-geographic organization, they are creating a remote working environment and leadership structure that relies on open communication and incorporates the input and efforts of all the team members. Through the development of an open project management system and active social media campaign, Bachchao plans to garner interest of potential investors and draw the attention of the global technical community to their efforts.

Future efforts include use of gathered data from the distress app to aid in crime mapping for technologies and agencies such as Ushahidi while maintaining the security and safekeeping of affected parties data.

The Pineapple Project
The Pineapple Project just finished a stint with the International Space Apps Challenge to create a soil test kit. They plan to use the input from these test kits to further enhance their data on soil quality for the HTML5 application. Additional programmers have been added to the team, and development of the code is progressing at a steady pace.

Community management is an active goal for The Pineapple Project. Their community is massive, dispersed, and diverse. Finding common avenues for communication channels, modes, and optimization has been a challenge for international collaboration, but one that has become much easier to realize with the expansion of technical documentation for team members that can be used across platforms and working methods.

The team is in the midst of determining 501c3 status and determining an organizational structure. What started out as a passionate team of makers has grown into a much larger entity for good. Next steps include identifying and acquiring funding, and officially becoming a legal entity.

Final Stages of Mentorship
The teams are currently exploring security issues with user data, especially as it pertains to sensitive information of vulnerable populations in both metadata and content formats. Finding funding sources via pitch refinement and crowd funding are next on the agenda for June as our teams preapre to graduate.