hackAIR in brief
  • Have you tried the hackAIR app? Each photo you upload in August to estimate air quality will enter the hackAIR summer contest.
  • Don’t forget to follow hackAIR on social media: we’re sharing air quality pictures from around Europe, great articles on citizen engagement and air pollution and tips to get your hackAIR sensors running. Find us here: Twitter - Facebook - Instagram 
Take part in the hackAIR summer photo contest

What is the contest about?
Send us a picture of the sky where you are currently spending your summer - using the hackAIR app. You’ll get a quick estimate of the air quality at your location - and the best pictures will win a hackAIR air quality sensor!

In your picture, we want to see what air quality means to you: be it good, bad or ugly, close to your home or far away. Where do you encounter good air quality? Where is it bad? Remember to always include a portion of the (cloudless) sky - so that we can give you an air quality estimate.

We are really excited to see your contributions!

Participating is super easy
Here is what you need to do:

  • If you haven’t downloaded the hackAIR app yet, do that right away here.
  • Find the right spot and timing for your photo!
  • Remember not to take pictures close to sunrise or sunset (as this makes it challenging for the platform to analyze your photo).
  • Here is more information about the sky photo feature of the hackAIR app
More information about the contest on the hackAIR blog - please share on social media! 
hackAIR news and updates
Interested in reading more about air quality and citizen science? Our latest blog posts provide food for thought: 
Air pollution has serious effects on our health - we talked with Giuseppe De Carlo of EFA (European Federation of Allergy and Airways Diseases Patients Association) about this important topic. We need better air for all! Read the full interview >>
We have compiled 5 steps to better understand air quality in your neighbourhood: 1) Get informed. 2) Observe in your neighbourhood. 3) Connect with others who are interested in mapping air quality. 4) Learn from others. 5) Contribute to mapping air quality in your neighbourhood. Read more >>
Here are some of our insights from the EU Green Week 2018, focusing on citizen science and air quality. We presented hackAIR in an event dedicated to air quality mapping through citizens. We also collected inspiring quotes from speakers. Read more >>
hackAIR in action
Kyrre Sørensen from Norway set an ambitious goal: 10.000 low-cost air quality sensors in Europe before 2020! “Official air quality data was not enough here in Bergen. With hackAIR, we hope to monitor better with more sensors, also with mobile sensors - to identify the locations with high air pollution." Read his story >>
100 citizens came to the "Build your own sensor event" in Brussels, co-organised by hackAIR and a number of local air quality initiatives. One of the participants told us: “I am very concerned about the impact of air pollution on my health. I want to measure the air quality where I live, with my own sensor. Knowing more about the levels of pollution over time, will make it easier for me to decide whether I can stay in my current apartment. If the air is too bad here, I will move to a neighbourhood with healthier air.” Read more >>
Upcoming events
hackAIR: share your ideas and feedback with us
In the last month, we’ve worked on the Norwegian and German versions of the app and the platform. hackAIR users from our pilot countries Norway and Germany benefit from easier navigation in their native language now. Our developers also made sure that the migration to a new server went smoothly. The new server gives us much more capacity - we're ready to rock for the next months!

Keep your suggestions and ideas coming - they help us to make hackAIR even better. What is working well? Which features would you like to see in upcoming releases?

Ask us questions! Find us on social media and contact us straight away if you find a bug or can’t get your sensor to work - we’re happy to help.
hackAIR is a collaboration of six European organisations working on air pollution, environment, technology, citizen science and research.
The Democritus University of Thrace, Crevis Sprl and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens contribute as third parties affiliated to Draxis Environmental S.A.

This project has received funding from the European Union Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688363. This publication reflects only the author's view and the Research Executive Agency or European Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

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