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Projects - Cohort C

These are all the projects and open leaders in Cohort C. See all other Cohorts in OL6.

OL6 Cohort C

Bloody Health (Dev group) & drip (name of the app)

As a sociologist I finished my master’s degree with a thesis on “”digital technologies and self-tracking of the menstrual cycle”” and conducted qualitative interviews in order to gain insights into the subjective experience of menstrual health of app users.As a software developer, one year later together with 2 other developers we started working as “”Bloody Health”” on developing an open source app called “”drip”“. It promotes privacy & security of intimate health data, helps detecting fertility status using the sympto-thermal method (https://www.sensiplan-im-netz.de/?page_id=886) and encourages a DIY approach to health and self-tracking cultures by looking behind the scenes and into the code repository.The project is currently funded by the PrototypeFund and the federal ministry of education Germany.The topic of reproductive & menstrual health is still a taboo and many commercial apps try to make easy promises in predicting all sorts of health symptoms or even fertility. Research by the EFF has shown serious privacy and security issues (https://www.eff.org/wp/pregnancy-panopticon). Unwanted pregnancies among app users of “”NaturalCycles”” throw a light on problems of inaccuracy and opaque algorithms (https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/jan/17/birth-control-app-natural-cycle-pregnancies).Raising awareness of risks and problems that may arise from using mainstream cycle tracking apps is key to the project.

Marie Kochsiek

Marie is both, a sociologist and software developer. Therefore she is
interested in the intersections of technologies and societies,
especially with respect to digital health tracking and digital rights.
Currently, together with two other awesome developers she is working on
drip, an open source period tracking app. Her favourite code is free &
open source, her favourite message is encrypted and her favourite
hackspace is the @heartofcode.
Twitter: @bl00dymarie
GitHub: @bl00dymarie

Building OS Hardware following demand

For this project, I want to conduct online surveys with people (academics, DIYers, BioHackers) using scientific hardware to learn what their demands and needs are when it comes to research instruments. Once the results of the survey are in, I plan to a) elect one of the equipments described and build a prototype in a collaborative and open manner, b)develop tutorials on the electronic building blocks of other equipment so that interested people can have a starting point to develop their own tools.

Andre M Chagas

Brighton
Hi! I’m a neuroscientist trying to contribute in making science more open for some years. I started openeuroscience.com and collaborate with Trendinafrica.org teaching researchers how to build scientific equipment by leveraging OS technologies. I’m also part of the 2018-19 Mozilla Fellowship cohort, where I’ll be trying to learn what equipments are needed and in demand in different parts of the globe, and if an OS system can be build to fulfill the demand.
Twitter: @chagas_am
GitHub: @amchagas

How to fund “don’t be evil” tech

Women who drink margarita and like to walk their dogs, married, over 40” equals the sound of money. The public park of expression from the 90ties has turned into a mall where our data is the foundation of most revenue models. And although there are many ways we might harness our data to our favour, it is not us who controls it and decides what’s relevant to us. The decisions are based on the major incentive of any commercial entity: making money. There is very little wiggle space for an “ethics first“ approach unless it is by design.

But we complained enough this year so, for the sake of the argument, let’s ask: how would such design look like? Can crowdfunding be a scalable model? Charity? Memberships? A tech tax? Blockchain? Could a federation of ethically thinking companies be a solution?

Inspired by the rising responsible tech and data ethics movement I would like to conduct an online ideation experiment to explore possible future models of funding for tech that are different from the traditional VC funding and shareholders structures and therefore would work with different, more ethical incentives for product development decisions. The project would be exploring a fantasy world in which tech companies are actually incentivized to develop ethical products with people first in mind, instead of profits. Not only because it is the right thing to do but because it aligns with their funding, business model and decision making structure.

The website would possibly be organized in a form of a fantasy game where certain rules we are used to in real word won’t apply so that we can think more freely about possible alternatives. The project would be open for participation and I hope it would kick-off a thinking process towards a change of what is perceived today as impossible to change - companies working towards maximizing profits for a few investors, at the expense of regular users and their data.

Kasia Odrozek

Berlin
Kasia is a project manager for the Internet Health Report at Mozilla and a long-time open web activist. Previously she worked on creating open culture with Wikipedia communities at Wikimedia Germany and contributed to Global Voices, an international blogger community. She is based in Berlin where she likes to geek out about the future of the internet but travels the world whenever she can to see the world from different perspectives.
Twitter: @kaodro
GitHub: @kaodro

Crowdsourced African History

A crowdsourced history platform that relies on newly de-classified documents and previous unrecorded oral history.

Okari Omariba

Nairobi
Okari lives and works in Nairobi, Kenya. His interests include writing, culture and travel. He is mainly interested in how storytelling shapes identity. He spends his time managing the online brand of an athlete and contributing to Tagelmust.com
Twitter: @abuokari
GitHub: @Nefert

Engage - Hack for LA

Engage is a web application that promotes transparency and openness between local governments and residents. The platform allows residents of a city to easily access the actions proposed by their local government and voice their opinions.

On the resident side, the platform aims to facilitate information access and participation in local government.

On the city side, it aims to ease data and opinion collection by aggregating and sharing information with council members.

Teddy Crepineau

Los Angeles
I am a Los Angeles based Business Analyst with expertise in dataset modeling (ETL), process automation, data analytics and model creation. I love technology, outdoor activities and learning.
Twitter: @TeddyCrepineau
GitHub: @TeddyCr

Owen O’Malley

Los Angeles, CA, USA
I’m a former touring musician and theatre artist who’s always been tangentially involved in tech. I’ve been a Content Manger and Digital Media Producer for a music-tech blog, and I’ve been a Digital Project Manager for an international educational publishing behemoth. More recently I’ve been focusing on Software Product Development, and I’m eternally grateful to Hack for L.A. and the opportunity it has afforded me to partner with talented technologists and build exciting products.
Twitter: @notowen
GitHub: @owenjoseph

GenCloth + The Open Body Database

GenCloth is a 3D toolkit for the next generation of fashion designers. The toolkit includes a software plugin + tools + databases to actively support customization and rapid local production. These tools aid in designing customized pieces for clientele, speed up production timelines within local micro factories, and aid in the production of durable & sustainable designs that add further value into fashion. One of these databases is The Open Body Database.

The Open Body Database is an open-source platform for collecting human body data to support sustainable fashion production and consumption. This initiates a discussion of physical human data collection, privacy and how bodies can be shared to aid in further discoveries, industry change or study.

Luis E. Fraguada

Barcelona
Luis E. Fraguada is the technical director for Datable Studio, a Barcelona design studio focusing on projects which merge tradition and technology. Luis is also a developer at McNeel EU specializing in helping people build great things with Rhino3d. In academia, Luis is the Director of the Master of Advanced Interaction program at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).
Twitter: @luisfraguada
GitHub: @fraguada

Elizabeth Bigger

Barcelona
Elizabeth Bigger is best known for the way she seamlessly integrates computational elements and historically relevant artistic construction techniques into artistic pieces. In 2010 she founded her studio in an effort to utilize computational resources to upgrade the processes of design, creation and production. She has been honored with Jury Prizes from the International Symposium of Wearable Computers in 2012 for ‘Lume’ and in 2016 for ‘Programmable Plaid.’
Twitter: @eebigger
GitHub: @eebigger

Internet of Health

My two main goals for applying for the Leadership programme:1. I submitted an Internet of Health project that seeks to explore how ordinary East Africans are using the internet and whether they are using it in a way that would be deemed ‘addictive’ and can affect mental health. My project will focus mainly on the urban users and more so teenagers and young adults. From the data, I would like to create an online tool to help young people identify what mental health looks like and why addiction can cause more problems for them. 2. I also work as a data/digital communications manager and would like to learn more on working open and ensuring that I can drive more engagement/participation among young people.

Wairimu Macharia

Nairobi, Kenya
I work at the intersection of communication, data, technology, and human rights. Currently exploring various ways of communicating data to audiences that is both meaningful and impactful.

I also have great interest in issues pertaining to internet freedom, internet governance and empowering women through technology.
Twitter: @nimomacharia
GitHub: @wairimu-macharia

Maximizing small female led businesses and leadership potentials through technology

Digital Inclusion

Ifeoma Okonji

Lagos,Nigeria
I am a Social entrepreneur, a Customer experience Professional and Program manager with over ten years’ experience in both the profit and non-profit sector. I am an astute young lady who is self-disciplined, dependable and honest and who also has a knack for smart work, dedication and team work. I live and work in Lagos,Nigeria and I love making sustainable acquaintances and I have a voyage propensity.
Twitter: @ifeomaokonji
GitHub: @Ifeoma-1

MozGuna

My project “”MozGuna”” is about bringing openness to this region. This area is undeveloped so I want to promote Open Source and Mozilla to school students and bring more participation from girls studying in universities in this area.

Shubhendra Singh Chauhan

Guna
I am a middler year Computer Science undergrad at Jaypee University of Engineering and Technology, India. Currently studying AR/VR Development using Unity and Web Technologies are my thing. Web developer & OSS enthusiast.
Twitter: @UB_Shubh
GitHub: @withshubh

Abhishek Pratap Singh Chauhan

Guna
I am an undergrad Computer Science student.I love to write code and solve logical problems and I am also in love with Web Technologies like JavaScript and its frameworks and PHP . Currently volunteering Mozilla in my university Campus Club.
Twitter: @abhishek98_ac
GitHub: @abhi8953

Open Data Institute

The ODI was co-founded in 2012 by the inventor of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Artificial Intelligence expert Sir Nigel Shadbolt to advocate for the innovative use of open data to affect positive change across the globe.I run the R&D programme which is a 3 year programme developing knowledge and expertise to support the next generation of public and private services. More information can be found here: https://theodi.org/project/research-and-development-of-data-innovation-for-uk-government/

Miranda Marcus

London
Miranda leads the ODI’s research and development programme. She is a digital programme manager specialising in applied research, agile delivery and digital strategy. Her background is in design and digital anthropology and she has worked across the arts, education and third sectors. Her personal research field focuses on the impact of engineering practices on medical artificial intelligence applications. Miranda is also director of AXNS Collective, an interdisciplinary organisation bringing together art, neuroscience and technology.
Twitter: @roo_marcus
GitHub: @mmarcus00

Squarelet

Squarelet is a free, accessible tool to empower digital co-creation and self-directed learning.It provides an easy way to discover, create, remix and share new ideas. It works as an online whiteboard, where students can simultaneously collaborate, with graceful synchronization if users are temporarily offline. Content discovery will also be possible, students can embed images, sounds or even whole articles from CC-licensed sources like wikimedia commons. The tool should be as easy to install as etherpad on a local school server. With a modular structure, plugins for other input formats can be added in time.We develop squarelet as a team in the Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. (okfn.de), a not for profit-initiative based in Berlin. We are committed to participation, open standards, transparency and accessible knowledge that fosters positive change. The idea for squarelet was developed in our OER-project edulabs.de, an initiative that has been started March 2017. With the edulabs community of teachers and educators, we want to develop and test use cases for squarelet.

Edgar Zanella Alvarenga

Berlin
Brazilian developer living in Berlin interested in projects related to the creation, sharing and use of open knowledge, currently working on the German organization Open Knowledge Deutschland.
GitHub: @aivuk

Markus Neuschäfer

Berlin
Project lead at Open Knowledge Foundation Deutschland e.V. in Berlin for demokratielabore.de and edulabs.de. I am interested in developing new opportunities for co-creative participation in Open Education and Open Culture.
Twitter: @mneuschaefer
GitHub: @mneuschaefer

Maximilian Voigt

Berlin
Maximilian Voigt supports the project edulabs as an assistent. Further more he campaigns for fabrication laboratories, is engaged in physical computing and supports free education. Before his work at the OKF he co founded the FabLab Cottbus e.V., studied technical journalism, public relations and culture and technology.
Twitter: @ma__vo
GitHub: @maximusvo

Tainacan

Tainacan is both a WordPress plug-in and a theme to create and manage digital repositories with the possibility of encouraging your audience to collaborate with it. Designed with participation tools, it makes possible both for GLAMs and groups of all sizes to share their knowledge with the world together while offering functionalities also present in other softwares solutions such as dSPACE.

Anna e só

Goiânia, Goiás, Brazil
I’m researcher on collaboration and social management of digital collections at MediaLab/UFG under the Laboratory of Participative Public Policies, where we develop public softwares in partnerships with the Brazilian government. I’m also an Wikimedia Outreachy alumni and a proud translator in multiple open projects, extremely passionate about open knowledge, open access, and accessibility matters.
GitHub: @contraexemplo

U.S. Forms System

Our project is trying to dramatically improve one of the most frequent interactions between governments and their constituents: filling out forms. Forms are often the first entry point into accessing the services and benefits our governments offer. But forms can have a negative user experience, and paper is the most common medium. Our library offers a way to quickly and easily build digital forms, with best practices in UX, design, accessibility, data validation, and data transmission baked in. Teams that have used our library have built a complex front-end form, with conditional logic and custom validation, in a matter of days.

Anne Kainic

New York, NY
Anne is a front-end engineer and technical lead at the U.S. Digital Service, where she has focused on improving how digital forms are built. She lives and works in New York City.
GitHub: @annekainicUSDS

Ushahidi

Ushahidi is a non-profit organisation that builds crowd sourced data gathering tool and other open source software as a service for projects that aim to raise voices and champion human rights across the globe.

Eriol Fox

Bristol, UK
Eriol is a product designer at a global non-profit organisation Ushahidi working on the end-to end process of design practice for digital products. I focus on user centred design and research that is inclusive of marginalised folks by default.

With 10 years of experience as a professional designer they are actively involved in various non-profits from environmental, arts, games and LGBTQ+ issues. Eriol is a queer, non-binary, trans person who uses they/them pronouns.
Twitter: @Erioldoesdesign
GitHub: @Erioldoesdesign

Ushahidi Platform

Ushahidi builds technology to help marginalized people raise their voice and get the help they need. These are people in the midst of destruction due to hurricanes or earthquakes, whose human rights are threatened, and others witnessing violence, corruption or harassment. They are also groups of people who have been excluded from conversations and decision-making in matters affecting them. Technology empowers them to be heard so those who can help can respond better.

Justin Scherer

Behchokǫ̀, Northwest Territories, Canada
I work as a designer based in the Canadian Far North. Right now, I work on the design team at Ushahidi, where we build digital products for crisis response, election monitoring, and humanitarian work. I am interested in remote, asynchronous collaboration in design, as well as radical inclusion and universal design principles.
Twitter: @justinschrr
GitHub: @justinscherer

VRstorygram: Community Environment in Virtual Reality

VRStoryGram enables participants to become part of an inclusive community where people from around the world and even next door easily make connections about the changing environment. Participants will learn how to use technology as a vehicle to promote activism. Community voices become world voices through the sharing of the effects of local environmental changes using virtual reality.

The community voice becomes both visual and global with the help of 360-degree video and virtual reality. Multiple voices, perspectives, and languages enhance the meaning and purpose of digital inclusion. Participants will deepen their understanding of larger environmental concerns through the sharing of community environmental experiences. Demonstrating the power and value of an inclusive internet as a global public resource.

Heather N. Stone

I work in Lafayette, Louisiana and live in Baton Rouge.
I’m an educator whose work takes me to communities on the front lines of environmental change. By using oral histories and virtual reality, I support residents and their neighbors as they create and share new pathways to resilience. Together, we tell the whole story about what that journey looks like—from the inside out.
Twitter: @_drhstone
GitHub: @hnstone

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