Apps for Climate Change - using Appmaker for Citizen Science - 7th Floor

A session at Mozilla Festival 2014

Saturday 25th October, 2014

3:00pm to 6:00pm (GMT)

Mobile applications have shown enormous potential in citizen science for data gathering and real-time information sharing. Applications can range from wildlife & habitat monitoring, to environmental measurement, to infectious disease measurement & tracking.

In this workshop we will use climate change as a focus for thinking about citizen science apps. We’ll specifically be looking at how local communities can use personal apps to draw attention to climate change impact. We’ll also be considering how personal apps created by local communities can help scientists to measure climate change.

With Mozilla’s Appmaker, anyone can develop mobile apps - even non-coders. In this workshop we will explore using Appmaker to create citizen science apps by and for local communities. Our goal is to come up with a wishlist of citizen science components for Appmaker, and even build a few ourselves. And of course we’ll also be hacking together a few apps. https://webmaker.org/appmaker


If you’re passionate about doing something to address climate change, or want to help people in local communities to take action about their changing environment, then this one’s for you!

If you enjoy tinkering and would like to try your hand at using the easy Appmaker platform to make your own mobile application, then this one’s for you!

If you enjoy a nice bite-sized coding challenge, and would enjoy helping us develop new science components for Appmaker, then this one’s for you!

Just curious about what this all this citizen science stuff is all about? Then this one is also for you! All ages welcome. No coding skills required.


*First, we'll start with a presentation about climate change and mobile apps, based on our experiences using apps and Appmaker in some recent projects (e.g. http://arcticscience.pbworks.com). This will include a brief overview of Appmaker itself.

*As a group we’ll brainstorm ideas for apps for climate change, which we will cluster together thematically on flip charts, and then invite everyone to choose an area to work on further in more detail in teams.

*In breakout teams around each of the app idea areas, your first assignment will be to identify the different Appmaker components that will be needed to build the app. Many components already exist, but we will find that there are quite a few gaps that new science components could fill. Location services is a good example.

*Before the break we will get together again as a group to draw up a big wish list of components needed for citizen science apps but not yet in Appmaker, which we can contribute to the Appmaker ‘most wanted components’ list. (https://github.com/mozilla-appma... )


*The second half of the session will start with a more detailed run-through of Appmaker and the Appmaker component building process (Polymer, etc.).
We'll encourage participants to team up on building apps, templates, and components, but you're welcome to go solo if you wish (as coders, we understand this...).

*Finally, we’ll get back together as a group to share what we’ve come up with, and with any luck, we'll be able to start making apps for citizen science with components from this workshop!

We have set up a development Appmaker server for use in the workshop: http://appmaker.sciencemakers.ne...

We also have a Workshop Etherpad for discussion before, during and after the event: https://etherpad.mozilla.org/moz...


Bring your own laptop and ideas - we’ll bring the flipcharts and post-it notes!


About the speakers

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Margaret Gold

All for Science and Science for All - Citizen Science, Mobile & Web, STEAM & hacking for science

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Brian Fuchs

Co-Founder and CTO at The Mobile Collective bio from LinkedIn

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Julie Gould

@naturejobs, @SpeakersofSci & @SpeakofScience editor. Lover of radio, stories, science, swimming, chocolate, talking. Easily amused. bio from Twitter

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Mozilla Festival 2014

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Time 3:00pm6:00pm GMT

Date Sat 25th October 2014

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