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Introducing hackAIR: Collective Awareness for Air Quality

Air pollution is the single environmental issue Europeans worry about the most, and many do not feel sufficiently informed about air quality issues in their country. Despite our commitments to measure air quality, official data remains patchy and is not always easily accessible. 

The EU-funded project hackAIR joins the movement to improve air quality data in Europe through participatory sensing technology and citizen’s engagement. Read on to learn more about our plans and how to get involved. 

On 27 April, we are organising an online seminar for organisations working in the field of participatory sensing and air quality to introduce hackAIR’s plans and discuss synergies. Sign up here.


Participatory sensing and air quality – an overview of initiatives

Many initiatives and projects are working on participatory approaches to improve air quality information worldwide. Together, we can make sure that citizens and municipalities get the information they need to improve air quality where they live.

While hackAIR’s platform will only be available in Summer 2017, you can already check out the following related projects and tools on the hackAIR website.

hackAIR technology

hackAIR is an open technology platform that you can use to access, collect and improve air information on quality in Europe. It consists of:
  • a customisable web application for local air quality information; and
  • a mobile app that citizens can use to access to air quality information or contribute measurements.
APIs will be available for fetching information from/to the database. Read more.

Learn about hackAIR

hackAIR co-creation

Air quality too complex and technical? With hackAIR, we want to involve citizens and relevant groups directly in measuring and publishing outdoor air quality data. Informed by the citizens’ observatories approach, hackAIR will design its platform in a co-creation process with users in workshops in Germany & Norway. Read more. 

Introduction of the team

Six partners from 5 European countries took up the challenge to launch the hackAIR project. “hackAIR is all about motivating people to contribute, making them more aware and creating a bigger interest in quality data”. Read more about who these partners are and why hackAIR is unique to them.



hackAIR is an EU-funded project aiming to develop an open technology platform for citizen observatories on air quality. It is supported through the EU programme on “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation” until December 2018.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s 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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