"To our surprise, the event wasn't a competition!" said Zeke Nierenberg 09F, after taking part in EcoHackSF in San Francisco last weekend. Nierenberg has attended two other Hackathons as part of a team of Hampshire students. Those Hackathons were competitions, and the Hampshire team won prizes in both.
EcoHack brings programmers and environmentalists together to find creative solutions to environmental issues. This was the fourth annual event, but the first time that it was held in San Francisco.
Nierenberg worked with Nora Stedman 09F, alums Seth Toles 08F and Colin Roache 09F, and Anton Kochepasov, a programmer they met at the event.
The team came up with a web platform that Nierenberg said "would allow people all over the world to inexpensively share real time sensor data."
With this system, information from sensors detecting pollution or elements of climate change would be instantly available. Programmers could "even build software to react to that data," Nierenberg added.
The code is open source >>
Seated L-R: Zeke Nierenberg 09F, Seth Toles 08F. StandingL-R: Nora Stedman 09F, Anton Kochepasov, Colin Roache 09F.