A group of young people become friends and fall in love with the ocean. They explore, they learn, and they invent ways to safeguard the ocean together, with their own creativity and hard work.
MakerBay Foundation believes that through their creativity, passion and understanding of the world around them, Hong Kong youth can be powerful agents of positive change in their lives, families, communities, society and the world.
We want to take a small group of young people on a journey of exploration and impact.
This is Art Team. We have 2 members in this track – Eva and Melody.
They have made several art pieces, such as wooden fish, and some drawings.
This is Design Team. We have 3 members in this track – Rainbow, Shirley, Michael.
They have designed the setting of exhibition and are responsible to managing the social media and making this webpage.
This is Engineering Team. We have 4 members in this track – Ken, Justin, Christy, and Shraa.
They work with HKU students to make the coral mapping robot.
Basically, we want to design and fabricate an ocean robot, think remote control boat but that has high quality cameras for capturing what’s under the surface and then the ability to set it to autonomous cruise mode and our sailing robot will return after 3 hours with lots of images of coral reefs for scientists to analyse. Whats’ more is that our robot will be able to analyse the coral itself with onboard A.I features.
Why Are We Doing This?
What exactly are we aiming for?
Goal: we map coral reefs + we collect metadata
10x faster than current methods
10x more accurate than current methods
10x cheaper than state of the art
Subject: we focus on shallow water coral reef <10m depth
Price: we want to make it affordable enough <2500USD
Usability: deployable from the beach with an autonomy >90 minutes
Target users: ocean scientist, citizen scientist, coastal community, Marine protected area manager
How Do We Plan On Doing This?
Firstly we are 100% open source, so that means we will publish all plans, CAD files, build instructions on GitHub and anyone is free to download the materials and make thier own Coral Reef Mapping Drone.
Secondly we are conducting something that we call “Social RnD” in which we invite talented and enthusiastic professionals from the community who collaborate by donating their time and skills.
Not everyone has the same skill sets or interests, so depending on your skills and in which area you would like to contribute we are spitting up into working groups.
5 design areas:
1. Product Design:
Mechanical design – Fabrication – Manufacturing – 3D printing – Laser Cutting
2. Electronic Design
Optics – Sourcing of hardware components – Testing hardware – Hardware integration – Soldering
3. Software Design
Coding -I.T – U.I – U.X
4. Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning – Computer Vision – Coral Classifier
5. Marine Biology
Coral identification – Environmental Data Collection
So, depending what you want to learn or how you want to contribute you should join one of these working groups. Below the design areas are expenaded into varios skills and sub areas that we will be focusing on.