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Sensemakers Newsletter May2019

From: Manon
Sent on: Saturday, May 11, 2019 11:17 PM

Hi all,

News about the internet of things is entering mainstream media more and more. As it should, because by connecting everything, adding sensors and automated decision making, our lives are changing in a fundamental way. This Wednesday Iskander Smith (ThingsCon, Behavior Design Meetup, TU Delft and will share insights and lead the discussion about how, why and the role of design.

Next to talks & discussions we also like to get our hands dirty with some DIY sensing, so last week we’ve been working on our own sensors at the Marineterrein. Unfortunately we had to write off our Legohead sensor. We replaced it with a more professional version that also measures the conductivity.
As the swimmers (at the Marineterrein) fell ill from a bacterial contamination probably caused by sewer overflow, we’re now researching the relationship between sewer levels and rainfall. A very nice DIY project which allows us to experiment with different sensors (to measure sewer levels) and learn a lot. Last week we installed the corresponding rain meter on the green roof. If you want to know more about these projects and/or join, please contact us or visit the lab evenings.

The Sensemakers Rain Gauge generates a lot of data. We’re now working on the backend and rebuilding our website, to make the data accessible!


  • HackSpace magazine 18 shows you how to build your own satellite and launch it into orbit. Today (!) you can download issue 18 for free! And to track the satellites, here’s how to build your own SatNOGS ground station with a Raspberry Pi 3B+.
  • Cars share a huge amount of data about you, Jaguar/landrover is trying to create a marketplace where you can be rewarded for sharing.
  • (Dutch only) the Dutch police has started a huge recruitment campaign for digital investigators and to fight cybercrime, here you can test your digital skills.

Events & discounts

We often have free tickets to share as well, but those are raffled off at our events and/or on Slack.

  • May 15th TEQnation Get a discount of 50% for this great conference, by using the code: DiscountTicket
  • May 15th Sensemakers meetup on how IoT fundamentally changes relations & perspectives.
  • May 16th ThingsCon: Resurrecting IoT darlings / design for extended lifecycle
    A ThingsCon Salon about what can happen when a the digital side of your favourite smart product dies and how to design resilient IoT products that are responsibly and trustworthy. With the Rebble team (Pebble smartwatch), iFixit and more!
  • June 17-20 GoToAmsterdam
    With discount code: sensemakersgogoto you get a 10% discount.
  • June 19-20 IoT Tech Expo
    Use code SENSEIOT20 when you register for a 20% discount
  • June 23th DIY Family Citizen Science day at OBA (public library)
    Together with we organize a familyday where you can bring your kids/friends along to discover citizen science and learn to solder & program Arduino in free workshops. This event is part of WeMakeThe.City week.

Enjoy your weekend, warm regards, Gijs, Paola, Ted, Manon

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