Contest seeks weather sensor innovation

A competition now underway is seeking innovative technologies for climate monitoring in Africa.

The Trans African Hydro-Meteorological Observatory (TAHMO) Sensor Design Competition aims to find the most innovative, cost-effective sensors for a project to place weather stations across Africa. Run by TU Delft in the US, the competition is open to any innovators.

It is seeking designs for sensors that can measure either a standard parameter such as temperature and wind, or a less standard parameter such as dust or lightning. The sensors must be inexpensive to produce, costing less than USD25 per piece when producing 20,000 pieces, they must be robust, and they must avoid cavities that might be used by insects.

Initial entries must be submitted by 1 March, after which 20 finalists will be sent kits to build their designs. The deadline of Round II will be in June 2013. The final workshop in Nairobi will take place in July or August 2013.

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