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Sensor Design Competition

TAHMO Sensor Design Competition

 

 

We are happy to announce the winners of Round I!

 

  • Dr X.F. Carelse, Dr. E Mashonjowa and Mr. J. Muganda (Zimbabwe) - Electronic Barometer and Solar Radiation Sensor
  • Oluwasanya Pelumi Wonuola (Nigeria) - Temperature, Atmospheric Pressure and Relative Humidity Sensor
  • Babafemi David Aluko, Abdulhafeez Olaide Odetoyinbo, Niyi Funsho Oke, Abdullah Akolade Okunola, Taofeeq Ishola Salau and Abdulquadri Abiodun Sotomiwa (Nigeria) - Relative Humidity Sensor Using Silica Gel
  • Awili Elias and Ogboko Francis (Nigeria) - Automated Rain Gauge
  • Ademola Oluwadamilola Oduguwa and Olaolu Olamuyiwa Akinfenwa (Nigeria) - Temperature, Pressure, Relative Humidity and Dew-Point Microcontroller Based Weather Sensor
  • Narcisse Mbunzama, Mole Gladis and Kevin Mpongo (Congo) - Zansor
  • Kolyanga Emmanuel and Wogisha Benjamin (Uganda) - Temperature and Lighting Sensor
  • Gilbert Mwangi Kamau and Otieno Kenneth Odhiambo (Kenya) - Wind Direction, Wind Speed and Temperature Sensor
  • Ladipo Kehinde, Mr. A. Okunlola, Dr. Philip and Dr. Balogun (Nigeria) - Light Dependent Resistor Based Evaporimeter; Psychrometer; Radiometer; Pyranometer; Cup Anemometer; Sunshine Hour Sensor; Tipping Bucket.
  • Hope Orovwode and Samuel N. John (Nigeria) - Wind Sensor Using a Capacitive Diaphragm
  • George Sserwadda (Uganda) - Low Cost Radiation Sensor
  • Javier Benitez Buelga, Leonor Rodriguez Sinobas, Pablo Cid Quintas, Irene Jarrin Fernandez, Maria Teresa Mateos San Juan, Mauro Martinez Diaz-Caneja, Julian Rioja Usano and Raul Sanchez Calvo (Spain) - Evapotranspiration Sensor
  • Jurriaan Kloek (Luxembourg) - Infrared Imaging With a Smartphone

 

All entries were judged on originality, feasibility and TAHMO criteria (i.e. no cavities, no moving parts, inexpensive and robust). The winning entries will be published on this website shortly.

All winners are informed by email. In the near future they will receive a 'Maker Package', consisting of all necessary materials to build their design. For questions, please contact competition@tahmo.org

 


Please find below more info about the TAHMO Sensor Design Competition. Please note that the competition is closed.

 

Objective

Current available sensors used in weather stations are not suitable for the TAHMO project. They are either too expensive, not rubust or they don't measure the variables we desire. The objective of the TAHMO Sensor Design Competition is to design a sensor that measures a weather or hydrological variable and is both inexpensive and robust.  

The central idea is to measure climate and weather in new ways. This new way should be robust, extremely low in maintenance, and cost effective. One way forward would be to measure traditional weather parameters like air temperature, relative humidity, or sunshine, in new ways. Another way forward may be to measure non-traditional weather parameters such as lightning or dust. Either way, the measurement method would need to be robust, have no moving parts, low maintenance, and be cost efficient. For this competition, the focus lies on the sensors themselves and not on data communication. The central idea is to come up with new concepts.

We encourage you to be as innovative as possible in your design. Please don't feel limited by the access of materials you might have, as we will make sure that the selected design teams of Round I will receive a package with all necessary hardware and materials in order to actually build the sensor.

Click here for the elaborate design requirements.

The TAHMO Sensor Design Competition is the first step towards building a TAHMO community. For TAHMO to be successful, local knowledge and expertise are absolutely essential. As the project is in the initital phase, still a lot of facets need to be addressed before we can actually start designing and building the weather station network. We therefore encourage everyone that is interested in TAHMO to join our community and join discussions on TAHMO-related topics. Are community is on Facebook and LinkedIn. All support is welcome. Together we can make TAHMO work!

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Outline

The TAHMO Sensor Design Competition has a two-round entry process.

Round I: Submissions need only to comprise a description of the sensor. Click here for the entry requirements. From these preliminary submissions, 20 projects are selected by the Jury to go forward to Round II of the competition.

Round II: Winners of Round I will receive a kit consisting of all necessary hardware and materials needed to construct a prototype of the sensor they designed in Round I. The Jury will evaluate all prototypes and invite 10 winners to Nairobi for a multiple day workshop to test, tinker and integrate the ideas.

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Timeline

Round I is now closed. The deadline for submission was Thursday 14 March 2013. Winners of Round I will be announced before the end of March 2013.

Round II will run consecutively: immediately after the winners of Round I are selected and informed, they will be sent the kit. The deadline of Round II will be in June 2013. Participants of this round will be filled in on time on all the details. The final workshop in Nairobi will take place in August 2013.

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Design requirements Round I

In Round I, your design must meet the following criteria:

  • The sensor must be able to measure a weather or hydrological variable. Be creative in your design, both in terms of parameters to observe and in ways of measuring them. We are looking for a sensor that measures either a standard parameter such as temperature and wind, or a less standard parameter such as dust or lightning. For this competition, the focus lies on the sensors themselves and not on data communication. The central idea is to come up with new concepts.
  • The starting point is not so important as the outcome. You may want to build a sensor from scratch because that leads to a more robust and cost efficient way of measuring a parameter. Alternatively, you may want to take an existing IC/method and use it to measure something new or more accurately. An example of the first approach may be to measure the variance in humidity over time at high rates to estimate evaporation. An example example of the second approach would be to measure windspeed with a gasflow sensor used in cars. Of course we hope you will not copy these examples but work out your own.
  • The sensor must be inexpensive to produce; i.e. less than $25 per piece when producing 20,000 pieces.
  • The sensor must be robust; this means avoiding the use of movable parts as much as possible.
  • Avoid any cavities in your design, as insects might use them as hide outs.
  • The sensor requires zero maintenance for two years.

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Entry requirements Round I

In Round I, your entry must meet the following criteria:

  • The description of your design fits on maximum 5 A4 pages.
  • The description includes up to 4 figures or tables
  • The description includes a required executive summary of half page
  • The format of your submission is preferably PDF
  • Only entries in English are accepted
  • On the first page of the entry, the first and last name(s) of the participant are clearly stated. When you are participating as a team, please include the names of all members.
  • An entry can be submitted only after registration. Registration is possible until 1 March 2013. For a more elaborate explanation of the registration and submission procedure, please click here.

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Prizes

Winners of Round I will receive a kit consisting of all necessary hardware and materials needed to actually fabricate a prototype of the designed sensor. Therefore, we encourage you to be as creative and innovative as possible in your design.

Winners of Round II are invited to Nairobi for a multiple day workshop to test, tinker and integrate the ideas for a suitable sensor in the TAHMO project. All expenses regarding transport, accommodation and catering will be paid for by Delft University of Technology.

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Eligibility

People from any country are eligible but we encourage especially African participants to join. In the TAHMO project we are particularly looking for local experience and local knowledge. We strongly encourage the formation of competition teams. Be aware that, when through to the final stage of the competition, only two members per team are invited to Nairobi.

There is no limit on the number of entries a participant may submit, but each entry must meet every contest requirement.

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Regulations

1. General
1.1 The TAHMO Sensor Design Competition is an initiative from Delft University of Technology. The objective of the competition is to develop a sensor suitable for weather stations in Africa.
1.2 By participating to the competition, entrants accept the regulations of the TAHMO Sensor Design Competition.
1.3 Delft University of Technology has the right to change the regulations at all times.
   
2. Participation
2.1 The TAHMO Sensor Design Competition is open for all who are interested, irrespective of nationality, education, profession or age.
2.2 Entries can be either submitted as an individual or as a team. There is no limit to the number of members per team.
2.3 There is no limit to the number of entries for each participant or team of participants.
2.4 The design should be the entrant’s own original work, which is the entrant’s own responsibility and concern. The design should not infringe upon intellectual or industrial property rights of other parties. In case of infringement, Delft University of Technology has the right to disqualify the entrant.
   
3. Prizes
3.1 The TAHMO Crowdsourcing Competition consists of the following prizes:20 entries of Round I will go through to Round II. The associated entrants will be sent a kit, consisting of all necessary hardware and materials needed for fabricating a prototype of the design. This kit is a gift from Delft University of Technology.10 entries of Round II will be selected and the associated entrants will be invited to Nairobi to join a multiple day workshop to test, tinker and integrate the ideas for a suitable sensor in the TAHMO project.N.B. When an entry is submitted by a team, maximum two team members are invited to the workshop.
   
4. Procedure Award
4.1 In order to submit an entry for Round I, entrants are required to register.
4.2 Registration and submission are two seperate procedures. Only after registering, the entrant is allowed to submit an entry for Round I. Submission can be done by sending the entry to competition@tahmo.org. Only entries containing the first and last name(s) of the participant(s) are taken in consideration.
4.3 Only entries with a completed registration form are taken in consideration.
4.4 The registration as well as the submission deadline is Friday 1 March 2013 24:00 GMT. All registrations and entries received after this date and time will not be taken in consideration.
4.5 The entrant will be sent a confirmation email when the registration is received by Delft University of Technology.
4.6 The entrant will be sent a confirmation email when the entry is received by Delft University of Technology.
4.7 Apart from clauses 2.4, 4.2 and 4.3, all designs shall be judged on the design requirements described here, the entry requirements described here, design innovation and applicability. When requirements are not met, Delft University of Technolgy has the right to disqualify the entry.
4.8 The winning entrants of Round I will be contacted before the end of March 2013. These entrants will also be informed about the details and conditions of Round II.
   
5. Intellectual Property
5.1 Entrants own the Intellectual Property rights to the original work they submit but Delft University of Technology has a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual right to use, copy, modify, translate and/or adopt and distribute (parts of) the submission.
5.2 Delft University of Technology has the right to whether or not use the submission. Participating in or winning the TAHMO Crowdsourcing Competition does not guarantee the submitted design will eventually be used.

 

 

 

Registration and Submission

The competition is closed for participation.

Contact

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact us on: competition@tahmo.org. You can also find us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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