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Project PiMAA formed in conjunction with Outbox Hub and supported by the Open Knowledge International through the Africa Open Data Collaboration Fund, is an Internet of Things (IoT) project that is building low-cost environmental sensor platforms that can be easily deployed to public outposts and sites to collect data on air quality.

The data collected will be transformed and stored on the PiMAA platform against open data standards that will ease the accessibility and dissemination of air quality data.

Outbox Hub; a Ugandan based technology and innovation hub will on February 4th host the event dubbed, “Pimaa Datathon” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. EAT calling upon all Journalists, Statisticians and demographers working with CSOs or Government, and Software developers/students interested in data analysis.

The event will be facilitated; Richard Ngamita, Data Engineering consultant working as Analytics lead at Medic Mobile. Previously worked with Google Nairobi & Dublin, and Outbox Founder, Richard Zulu.

This is an opportunity for local technologists, environmentalists and media to interact and find new ways of how to work with and tell stories using open data on air quality for science, journalism, research to mention but a few.

What shall will be covered:

  1. Overview of air pollution as a local issue. Finding open data resources on air quality data and expertise.
  2. Introduction to project PiMAA.
  3. Team formation and datathon using open data on air quality; generate story ideas, crunch the open data, and visualise it using any format.
  4. Team presentations on datathon work.

If you can’t make it to the event, you can also follow the datathon on twitter using the hashtag #PiMaa.

Attendance is free. Register now.