about Us

It is a story of hope, struggle, friendship, technology, imagination and love of nature.

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.

Virtual Exhibition

Programme Timeline

Our Tracks

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. 

Ocean Reef
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?

We Are Approaching The Problem From A Unique Angle

“There are efforts to use drones or satellites to collect this information, but you cannot get the high resolution needed to assess the vital complex architecture of reefs unless you are in the water,” Joleah Lamb - World Economic Forum

$3.4 Billion

The total economic value of coral reef services for the U.S. - including fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection - is over $3.4 billion USD each year.

Corals Are Majestic, Beautiful, and Crucial To Our Planet

Coral reefs are essential to healthy coasts and vibrant economies, playing a critical role in everything from protecting lives and property to supporting thousands of businesses. Climate change is the biggest threat to the world’s coral reefs, causing mass bleaching, among other things.

500 Milllion People

Worldwide, more than 500 million people depend on coral reefs for food, income, coastal protection, and more

$94 Million Saving

It's estimated that coral reefs prevent $94 million in flood damages every year. The US ranks in the top 10 countries to receive risk reductions benefits from coral reefs.

500 Milllion People

Worldwide, more than 500 million people depend on coral reefs for food, income, coastal protection, and more

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.

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