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Cesar Harada
Designer, Entrepreneur passionate about Environment, People and technology.
Designer, Entrepreneur passionate about Environment, People and technology.

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non-invasive surveillance has a new name "minut"

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The current global panic about Zika can be boiled down a “data gap” issue. Gaps in understanding of why it has started spreading so rapidly now, a gulf in fathoming its effects on pregnant women (evidence linking Zika and microcephaly is still only spatio-temporal rather than causational), and gaps in sharing the research data and clinical specimens that will enable the global research community to keep one step ahead of the virus spread. As with Ebola, there has been much frustration of many key players not sharing these materials. Despite the fact that in a life-and-death situation wild speculation and panic fills the vacuum, and closed data risks lives. 

All this makes the Zika crisis a perfect opportunity to harness the benefits and showcase the utility of open approaches. In particularly open and collaborative approaches using Open Data and Open Source hardware. An international group of makers / hackers / scientists / citizen scientists trying to develop innovative measures against Zika, and Open Data Hong Kong have teamed up with MakerBay to join these efforts. Join us at the Zika Hackathon on the 16th February at MakerBay in Yau Tong. We’ll be linking up with the global google hangout with other Zika Hackathon participants in Brazil, Australia, Singapore, and beyond. Then discussing and potential projects where we can contribute from here in Hong Kong. From data hacking and hardware hacking perspectives, and where these different stands of “open” can be combined to produce crowdsourced data collection tools and apps to see if citizens can do better than the supposed experts in filling in these data gaps.

The “Asian tiger mosquito” Aedes Albopictus, which is among 60 types of mosquito that can carry the virus if it bites an infected person, is endemic to Hong Kong. The warmer year-round weather and more extreme rainfall patterns we are currently seeing will make the city even more favourable for mosquitoes from the Aedes genus, sparking warnings from local health officials to eliminate breeding areas. On top of the threats of Zika, we already have sporadic Dengue outbreaks from these vectors, and the Hong Kong government currently has an Oviposition Trap (Ovitrap) program to detect the presence of adult mosquitoes. With only 52 locations across Hong Kong selected for the vector surveillance, and the mosquitos only able to fly about 200m, more than 98% of Hong Kong is currently not covered and there is a need for much more data collection and presentation (the FEHD presenting not very helpful PDFs). Contrasting the more dynamic data driven approaches of Dengue reporting in Singapore, Kaggle competitions for West Nile Virus modelling, and Spanish efforts at crowdsourcing tiger mosquito spotting ( shows a few approaches we could follow here.

Are you interested in getting involved and use your creativity to develop innovative technologies and contribute to understand and prevent Zika from spreading? Let’s meet up! The event will be co-hosted by Scott from ODHK and Ajoy, Jacky and Nicolas from MakerBay, and probably will be longitudinal following the ongoing international hackathon efforts. 

For more see:
• Facebook group Zika International Hackathon :
• First Hackathon meetup / Google hangout :
• Notes from the meeting :

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Hong Kong Harbour School workshop leader Laurel Chor (National Geographic Young Explorer) is coming back from Kathmandu Nepal, today (2015 May 5th, Tuesday). 
Between 18:00 and 19:00 she will debrief with students, parents and teachers what she saw, the situation on the ground. Attendees will be able to ask questions and discuss how we can help the situation in Nepal with several other specialists. This is a free event, open to all.
- Time : 18:00 - 19:00
- Location : The @Hong Kong Harbour School. 23 Belchers street, Kennedy Town, Hong Kong. Room to be confirmed. 
- Free entrance for all
- more info whatsapp Cesar +852 9610 8167

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Last week we had a informal meeting, getting to know each other, sharing ideas and expectations. Meeting notes are here : 20140803 getting | wiki

This time, we will be a little more focused how to achieve some specific things : 
- How shall we structure the Github to share code for Protei?
- How shall we document step by step ala Instructable the making of one Protei?
- Which Android - Arduino board (else) shall we use to power Protei. 
- and we can discuss anything else you want :)

For those in Hong Kong, we can meet physically :
- Wed 13rd, Kwok, Chris and Cesar will meet up in HK to discuss physical documentation
- Sat 23rd, we will have a hackathon in Hong Kong were we will test 10 boats AT THE SAME TIME! Think swarm! Booyaahhhh

See you then !
Lovely week to all of you!
Cesar +852 9610 8167
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