Issue Area: Environmental health and disease prevention
Air pollution is a staggering worldwide problem. Sources estimate that
poor air quality costs the United States alone over $78 billion dollars
annually. The negative impacts of air pollution rank it among the most
serious and widespread human health hazards in the world. Breathing
dirty air causes chronic illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis and
contributes to terminal illnesses such as cancer and heart disease.
Unfortunately, despite the very real impacts air pollution has on our
every day lives, it often goes unnoticed because it is largely
invisible. In addition, because government-run air quality monitoring
networks are sparse, publicly available air quality measurements don’t
translate into an accurate assessment of personal exposure. The answer?
Low-cost, portable air quality instruments. This is where YOU,
AirCasting, and the AirBeam come in.
AirCasting is an open-source platform comprised of wearable devices and digital media that enables AirCasters (that’s you!) to independently and accurately collect and broadcast air quality data. But at its core, AirCasting is a DIY air monitoring movement that uses information about local environments to inform, educate, share, and ultimately improve health in communities around the world.
The AirCasting platform was built as an open-source, end-to-end solution for collecting, displaying, and sharing health and environmental data using your smartphone. The platform consists of wearable sensors that detect changes in your environment and physiology, including a palm-sized air quality monitor called the AirBeam, the AirCasting Android app, the AirCasting crowdmapping website, and wearable LED accessories. By documenting and leveraging health and environmental data to inform personal decision-making and public policy, the AirCasting platform empowers citizen scientists and changemakers like you and me to take matters into our own hands.
To date, the AirCasting app has been downloaded over 10,000 times and there are thousands of active change makers currently using the AirCasting platform, including community-based organizations, schools, research institutions, and citizen scientists interested in health and environmental monitoring, electrical & mechanical engineering, design, rapid prototyping, and open source code.
- Michael Heimbinder : AirBeam & AirCasting Lead Developer
- Raymond Yap : AirBeam Prototyping Engineer
- Chris Cosentino : AirBeam & LiteBeam Mechanical Engineer
- Garrett Berg : AirBeam Electrical Engineer
The Other Finalists:
- BlueLight: Improved mobile 911 that shares your precise location, picture, and medical conditions with dispatch for faster emergency response.
- bluField, Inc: In danger? Instantly broadcast your exact indoor/outdoor location to 911 using your city’s BTLE beacon network and the tourism app, Stroll.
- CareIT *: A virtual Doctor's office, a medical services marketplace, your online medical home. The perfect complement to high deductible health insurance policies.
- Community Health TV*: Video-based healthcare programming that educates and empowers minority audiences.
- Concrn: the compassionate response network. We connect peer responders to people in need of support.
- HabitatMap, Inc: AirBeam, a wearable air monitor that maps, graphs & crowdsources your pollution exposures in real-time.
- Knock Software: building better tools to engage citizen advocates and cities around bike infrastructure. Where, when and why are people riding bikes?
- Memorandum: intelligent mobile messaging to advance health literacy, patient care and chronic disease management for all populations
- Walk[YourCity] Park and Walk: Banish parking pains. Enjoy your city on foot. Park-and-walk for a happier, healthier community!
- WeWalk, Inc: gamifying fitness and encourages kids to learn about their city.
* These two of the finalists were also selected as finalists for funding with our investment partner Jumpstart Foundry.
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- Serve as a judge to review the submitted idea entries and prototypes.
- Provide relevant publicly available data to support the development of the technology, if available from the City and State.
- Work with winner(s) in developing/testing the solution during first year of solution development (if needed).
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We are proving that cities and regions can work together with developer, creative, and entrepreneurial communities to improve public and community health and kickstart quality innovation.
Demonstrating Local Government as Platform.