• Ecological Society of America 2016 Meeting

    Simple App Creation for Ecologists

    Workshop 

    &

    Eco Hackathon

  • WHAT, WHY, HOW

    WHAT

    Android App Development Workshop

    Workshop #13: August 7, 2016: 8 am - 5 pm

    EcoHackathon: August 7-11, 2016

    Ft Lauderdale, Florida

     

    The event includes both a 1-day Android app development workshop and a development marathon event and contest, the Eco Hackathon. Participation in the Eco Hackathon is optional.

     

    The workshop launches the hackathon, an event for beginning and experienced Android app developers to create apps for use in research, education, and outreach in ecology. You do not need to participate in the workshop to compete in the Eco Hackathon, but the workshop will enable those without prior programming experience to compete in the beginning developers category.

     

    As an event sponsored by the ESA Committee on Diversity and Education, we are particularly interested in introducing app development to underrepresented students in ecology and technology.

     

     

     

    WHY

    Mission Critical: Ecologists as Innovators

     

    ​App development in ecology is a new and exciting area for exploration and development. Mobile devices connect us to the internet, each other, and, with the many sensors available on mobile devices, to our environment.

     

    The theme of the ESA 2016 conference is Novel Ecosystems in the Anthropocene and builds on the theme, Ecological Science at the Frontier. We are seeking to bridge the gap between the tech world and the field of ecology by opening another avenue for research and development and by developing a novel way to engage students in learning by using their mobile devices.

     

     

     

    HOW

    Simple App Creation Using MIT App Inventor

    Backed by the MIT App Inventor Team

     

    For participants who have no programming experience, the workshop, "Simple App Creation for Ecologists using MIT App Inventor" will provide an in-depth introduction to Android app development utilizing MIT App Inventor (AI).

     

    AI is a simple web-based visual development platform that allows users to rapidly build mobile apps. Instead of writing text based programs, users learn to assemble program blocks in a similar fashion to putting together puzzle pieces. This easy to learn approach to app creation allows users to build complex Android apps for use in research, education, and outreach in a short period of time.

     

    This workshop will provide the basic skills necessary to support participation in the Eco Hackathon app development contest.

     

    For participants with app development experience, we invite you to create an app for use in research, education, and/or outreach during our Eco Hackathon. Show us your skills. FOR ECOLOGY!

     

     

     

    ECO HACKATHON & CONTEST

    Create an app for ecology research, education, and/or outreach

    August 7 - 11, 2016

     

    The Eco Hackathon will launch with the workshop on Sunday August 7, 2016 at the conference center and will end with the submission of participant apps by Wednesday evening and a presentation or pitch of the apps in front of a panel of judges on Thursday August 11, 2016. Only one team member needs to be present to pitch their apps on Thursday.

     

    Participating teams will work on projects independently during and after the workshop. You will work on your own schedule and will still be able to attend meeting talks and functions.

     

    Winners will be selected based on the applicability of the app to research, education, and/or outreach in ecology and how well the team demonstrated the functions and concepts of mobile computing through their apps. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams.

     

    The top three apps will be selected in the following categories:

    Best Modified or Original MIT App Inventor App (beginners)

    Best Original Android App (experienced)

     

    To participate in the Eco Hackathon you can register during the workshop or if you are not participating in the workshop you can send an email to jboudell@expeditionhack.com

     

    Eco Hackathon Rules and Information

     

     

    WHAT DO I NEED?

    Register for the workshop at the 2016 ESA meeting

     

    MAI is supported by the MIT Center for Mobile Computing, is free, and is supported for Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux operating systems and many Android devices. Tutorials will be provided. Participants need to bring their laptop and if possible an Android mobile device such as a smart phone or tablet. Participants without Android devices can test their apps using the MAI emulator or work with a partner. We will have a limited supply of Android devices. You also need a Gmail account and the Chrome web browser is preferable.

     

    Snacks will be provided.

     

     

    Eco Hackathon 2016 Report

    What apps were developed and who won?

    Our ESA 2016 workshop and Eco Hackathon participants worked hard and developed a number of unique apps for use in ecology education, outreach, and research. Please view the gallery below for screen shots and app descriptions. Download winning apps below. This is easiest to do by clicking on the link using your mobile device.

     

    Congratulations to the winners of the ESA 101 Eco Hackathon!

     

    Beginning Developers:

    First Place: Overheard at ESA by Ava Hoffman, Beth Kuser Olsen, and Shar Siddiqui

          Overheard at ESA App   AI Code

    Second Place: Talkin' Trash by Mary Keilhauer and Catherine Louie

          Talkin' Trash App   AI Code

    Third Place: Mojo Invasion by Elizabeth Chi and Jeanelle Brisbane

          Mojo Invasion App   AI Code

    Honorable Mention: Plot Locator Pedometer by Beth Middleton

          Plot Locator App   AI Code

    Eco Hackathon 2015 Report

    What apps were developed and who won?

     

    Our ESA 2015 workshop and Eco Hackathon participants worked hard and developed a number of unique apps for use in ecology education, outreach, and research. Please view the gallery below for screen shots and app descriptions. Download winning apps below. This is easiest to do by clicking on the link using your mobile device. For some apps, only the app inventor code is available as the apps have become buggy.

     

    Congratulations to the winners of the ESA 100 Eco Hackathon!

     

    Experienced Developers (those with some programming experience):

    First Place: Mad Scientist developed by Leila Hadj-Chikh

          AI Code

    Second Place: Tree Structure Data Recorder by Nicole Meister and Wenge Ni-Meiser

          Tree Structure App   AI Code

    Third Place: Near Me by Hsieh Hsunyi, Ma Ziyu, and Denis Valle
          AI Code

     

    Beginning Developers:

    First Place: Quadrat by Sonya Geange, Houston Harris, Emily Kalnicky, and Bryan Nguyen

          Quadrat App   AI Code

    Second Place: Raptor by John Herrmann

          Raptor App   AI Code

    Third Place: EcoPic by Anna Carter, Elyce Gosselin, and Amanda Young

  • OUR AWESOME 2016 SPONSORS

    Thank you for enabling technology innovation in the ecological sciences.

  • OUR AWESOME 2015 SPONSORS

    Thank you for enabling technology innovation in the ecological sciences.

     

  • SPONSORSHIP

    We are looking for funding to support our event.

  • WHO WE ARE

    Jere Boudell, Ph.D.

    Ecologist, ESA SEEDS mentor, and Technologist

    Besides basic and applied ecology research, Dr. Boudell also develops apps for use in research, education, and outreach using MIT App Inventor. She has participated in and organized multiple hackathons. She is also an ESA SEEDS chapter mentor and has been since 2006. Dr. Boudell is a founder of Expedition_Hack:

     

    Follow @apps4ecology

    Teresa Mourad

    ESA Director Office of Education and Diversity Programs

    Teresa has more than 20 years of nonprofit management experience including program development, fundraising, membership development, event planning and grants management. Prior to joining ESA, she was Chief Operations Officer at the North American Association for Environmental Education, and was Executive Director of the Environmental Education Council of Ohio. Teresa has a strong commitment to diversity programs and has led several initiatives to engage minority educators and students since 2001.

    George Tang

    Technologist, Founder Thoughtform labs, Co-founder Expedition_Hack:

    George has over 15 years of professional software experience. He is a technical leader and has worked in several successful early-stage tech startups. George is an early adopter of technology and has participated in and mentored many hackathons. He co-organized and co-ran the Eco Hackathon in 2013. He is the co-founder of Expedition_Hack:.

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