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We’d like to gratefully acknowledge the critically important support that Fishackathon received from our Global Champions and Sponsors: the government of Canada (Department of Fisheries and Oceans), the government of Ireland (Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority), AWS, Hover, .CO, and .US. Our events would not have been possible without the generous support, efforts, and contributions made by these upstanding institutions and organizations. Thank you!
AWS is providing our winners with over $200K in coveted AWS credits while Hover, .CO, and .US are giving participants well over $75K in no-strings-attached, free domain name registrations. Uncanny prizing.
Local Fishackathon city competitions were all complete by the weekend of February 10-11, 2018. Dozens of cities and thousands of people all around the world from Abuja, Nigeria to Washington, D.C., USA participated in this epic sustainability hackathon to tackle problems and challenges related to the fisheries industry, our waters, and aquaculture. These events were the 4th in the series – proudly produced by HackerNest in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.
The hundreds of teams competing were given sets of specific challenges that were well-supported with data and mentorship, but were ultimately free to work on projects of their own choosing as long as they fit within our three Challenge Sets: Enforcement, Marketplace, and Sustainability. These helped guide teams towards producing immediately-impactful, effective, mass-market adoptable solutions, and each was painstakingly crafted by our team over countless hours of research, strategizing, and consultation with experts.
Fishackathon 2018 Global Winner:
Team PoachStopper from Boston!
Team PoachStopper’s solution has both hardware and software components: an inexpensive passive IUU (illegal, unreported, unregulated) detection tool consisting of a submerged device outfitted with a hydrophone and a deep learning algorithm.
Awesome. Check out the slick demo that Mark, Kalen, Justin, Arel, and Mike put together below:
To contact Team PoachStopper, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though several hundred thousand fish puns have been made over the past several months, we cannot find enough words to effectively express how impressed we are with the awesome output of our Fishackathon cities. So, without further ado, for your viewing pleasure, please find the 3-minute demo videos submitted by our City Winners listed below.
To read short descriptions of the winning projects, please click to expand the text boxes beneath the videos.
Our solution provides a platform for local farmers – Experts interaction”
Why do we create trafis? This is because the overfishing and iuu fishing issue in seafood industry.
as many scientist predict, in 2048 all seafood will run out if we continue this practices. So, we need to monitor the fish producer which is the fisherman.
The main feature of trafis is on the GPS module that can track the movement of the boat during fishing activity. We also add the storage module to save offline data such as maps without internet connection. The Other features are the LCD Display and Notification lamp to show notification in middle of the ocean, for example if the fisherman move to the conservation area, the red light will turn on. The Next is bluetooth and Wireless Communication Module that enable the fisherman to communicate within 30 Km. and the last is solar panel module to get energy to power up the devices.
Trafis works by collecting the movement data of the boat and save it to the device. So, in the landing site, the branch officer can synchronize the data. This device also enables the fisherman to report the IUU Fishing Activity. So, when they see the illegal ship, they can report it through the nearest boats who also have the device, using spiderweb network mechanism.
The Fisherman passively collect the data using the tracking device. So, when they come to the landing site, the can syncronize it with the branch officer. And then, the central officer can access it real-time.
The data recorded in trafis are fishing vessel movements, fishing zone area mapping, and the IUU reporting. and with additional module, it can also record other data like temperature, plankton population, weather, and many more.”
There’re two kinds of genetically modified E.coli respectively in the boat and box.
And the technic of synthetic biology is acknowledged by International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition.
To solve the problem, our sensing boat collects samples and identify its location by GPS system. The sensing data will be sent to the server through Wi-Fi and be analyzed immediately and push to the cloud through the internet. If the level of nitrate in water is higher than expected, our regulation box can turn on automatically, pump out the water and remove 99% of the nitrate in it.
The three main functions of our app are map, notification, and records.
With the app, users can check out the history of nitrate and acquire the immediate data of nitrate concentration. In order to report water quality, there are a lot of environment incidents, such as “”trash and oil are visible”” or “”the water surface is frozen””, for users to choose; users can report different kind of biological incident as well.
You can type the water temperature in it to report to the server. We will analyze it for you.
In the forum, users are able to interact by chatting, upload the picture, and so on. Pictures uploaded will be sent directly to the database, be analyzed, and be marked on the map.
We wish our system is not only a method to freshwater monitoring and communication, but a solution to regulation of water quality.”
Each farm will have many devices & 1 core. Core’s can be physical or virtual. If a physical core is unresponsive, devices can connect to other cores. This concept is based on AWS Greengrass to enable IOT edge computing. Failure of one device will be known to other devices. The Greengrass core has the ability to do local processing & auto update all the devices making it sustainable to deploy-sustain & also manage intermittent connectivity to the Internet
The User’s Dashboard will have a map interface among other information. When a audio signal is captured and analysed – data analytics is applied to understand the Audio with respect to other reliable data sets.
Ex. A +ve audio match against the database may confirm the activity of IUU in the region of the Device/ Sensor. The confidence level is calculated and the enforcement officer can send an appropriate craft to intervene in the IUU. The data on the dashboard will have –
1. Co-ordinates of the sensor that triggered the alert
2. Potential distance of the origin of the sound from the sensor
3. ETA prediction by aircraft / sea craft to reach the co-ordinates of the suspected IUU
4. Recommendation using weather reports and other known information
5. Historical information like sensor’s previous alert history
For connectivity we propose the Iridium SatComm Module using the Short Burst Data(SBD) service. Each 50 byte message cost ~10 cents. This can be inexpensive and leveraged if the communication protocols are setup properly.”
Another feature the app has is that of tracking the user’s vessel so that a log of all points in the sea is kept. This is especially important because it matches up perfectly with already existing location management systems like V.M.S. which seek to bring accuracy to the science of vessel management.
The app also helps in proactive journey management by helping the user and the vessel accurately foretell the guidelines of their destination. As a very important appendage, the full charter of the United Nation’s Law of the Sea (1958) is attached with fishing related news gotten from popular fishery magazines and blogs.”
The updates are also used by law enforcers to take action against any illegal activities that may be reported by the fishermen.”
Now there’s a way to protect the value of workers through a digitally documented identification, vessel rating, and a work history that helps maintain integrity, even off the shore.”