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hackAIR in brief
Since we launched last month, more than 500 citizens from more than 17 countries have started mapping air quality in their neighbourhoods using hackAIR. 
  • 151 of you have contributed 428 images to the air quality maps using the hackAIR mobile app. Download the app!
  • hackAIR also displays air quality data automatically derived from official air quality reference stations, luftdaten.info and measurements derived from more than 10.000 images on the web. Check out the platform!
  • 142 hackAIR sensors are already live - and BUND has distributed 180 assembly kits for sensors throughout Germany. More are on their way! Check out the hackAIR pilots in Germany and Norway!
  • Workshops and events took place in Oslo, Frankfurt and Brussels. You can organise your own workshop to explore hackAIR with others. Have a look at the workshop toolkit or review the list of upcoming events
Your mission this month: Build your own hackAIR air quality sensor
With just a few electronic components, you can build your own air quality sensor in just an afternoon. Choose between a hackAIR home sensor (connected to your WiFi network) and a hackAIR mobile sensor (connected to your phone through Bluetooth).
  • The hackAIR home sensor provides a continuous flow of measurements. Receiving information about the air quality in your location over a longer period of time will show fluctuations related to time of the day, season, weather, and many more factors. 
  • The hackAIR mobile sensor allows you to measure air quality at specific places (such as a busy road) and at certain times (eg during rush hour). Imagine: mapping air quality "on-the-go"!

If you're less tech-savvy: it might look a little daunting at first - tiny cables, a long list of steps needed to connect the sensor with the software. Be assured: the step-by-step tutorials will guide you and make it easy for you! 

Take the next step(s): decide which sensor you want to build, order the material - and off you go! 
Make a case for your sensor


After you've built your own hackAIR air quality sensor, you can use your creativity to construct a case to protect it from water and overheating.

Learn what is essential & get inspired by great examples: citizen science at its best.
Read all about sensor cases in our blog post!


 


This is a really creative example for a sensor case that a hackAIR user from the Netherlands sent us! Please share pictures of your sensor cases with us: we are creating an image gallery on the website! 
Help us make hackAIR even better!

Technology is always work in progress. We’ve just fixed an issue that kept measurements submitted to hackAIR from being displayed on the map - our apologies for that. We've also improved translations (yes: hackAIR is trilingual - English, German and Norwegian!); acquisition of data from OpenAQ; password reset; ethical requirements and the API for data acquisition. 

Your suggestions and ideas are really helpful - keep them coming. What is working well? Tell us what you would like to see more in hackAIR! Ask us questions! Find us on social media - and: please fill in the user survey. It will take only a short amount of your time and will provide very important information for us. 

News & events: stay informed
Do you want to know more about activities of the hackAIR project? Do you want to receive latest news on air quality and citizen science? Are you interested in a workshop to build your own air quality sensor? 
 
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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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