Maker Space, University of Nairobi

Air Monitoring Sensors Workshop

Air Monitoring Sensors Workshop

Open-Seneca, University of Cambridge is collaborating with The University of Nairobi, Science and Technology Park, Maker Space to build low-cost mobile air pollution sensors.

The air pollution sensors built at Maker Space

Open-Seneca is a project that aims to create a global air quality sensor network with the help of citizen science to build sensors, measure their air pollution exposure in a bid to raise awareness, initiate behavioral change and inform policy. 

The open-seneca and Maker Space team working on the air pollution sensors at Maker Space

On the 2nd of July 2019 , Maker Space in partnership with open-seneca,  UN- Habitat and Urban pathways organized an air pollution sensor workshop to transfer the knowledge of how to build the sensors with open-source software and hardware. 

Team Jawabu building a low-cost sensor during the Air Sensor Workshop at Maker Space Nairobi

Participants mounting components on their sensors during the workshop

The workshop brought together 80 participants from diverse professions such as urban planners, engineers, public health officers, cycling activists and students from the University of Nairobi, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology,The Technical University of Kenya and Massachusetts Institute of Technology who took part in the building of air sensors which were later mounted on Uber Chapchap taxis, Embassava matatus, Go-boda motorbikes and bicycles for testing of the low-cost mobile air pollution sensors. 

Team Safer City doing the air pollution sensor module strip down at the Air Pollution Sensors Workshop

 The Open-Seneca Nairobi Team 

The invited speakers represented various organizations like the Global Environmental Monitoring Systems – UN Environment, UN-Habitat, Nairobi County Government, The Belgium Embassy and Stockholm Environment Institute. The workshop was crowned by the flagging off of the mounted vehicles into the streets.

Mounting of the Air Pollution Sensors

 Flagging off of the vehicles after mounting of the air pollution sensors

The testing of these sensors will take a period of one month. The data obtained during the testing of these sensors will be shared with policy makers to show the potential impact and information that the sensors would bring in to eventually inform policy in African institutions, systems and governments that plan our cities and ensure public health safety of the citizens. 

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