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Winner of the DesignSpark Air Quality Beta Competition

As part of our approach to Activist Engineering, our Air Quality Project called on the community to take part and become beta testers to help deploy our Environmental Sensor Development Kit (ESDK) and share their projects and experiences.

Our judges would like the thank everyone from entering and we received a wide range of projects from monitoring environmental conditions around the home and workshop to creating projects on light and sound.

Our Winner is Mike Sheldonfor the “Air Quality as Art” entry, which created engaging art from monitoring the current environmental conditions around us and you can see some of the images generated by the project by following the @airqualityart Twitter bot. In addition to this entry Mike also showed great community spirit in helping to develop the ESDK’s user interface with the ‘pull request’ which was published on GitHub for all other users.

Air Quality as Art

You can read Mike's entry here:Air Quality As Art

Special Recognition

In addition to the winning entry, the judges wanted to make two special recommendations for the effort and detail in their projects, and these go to:

Andrew Lindsay where he installed an ESDK within a community workshop to monitor conditions and detect increases, like particulate matter when using the CNC router, then provide a Red/Amber/Green visual indication of the air quality.

Air Quality Monitoring in a Community Workshop

Read Andrews full entry here:Air quality monitoring in a community workshop

The second recognition award goes toElectrosync for using the ESDK to monitor the effects of different 3D Printing Resins on air quality within a workshop environment.


Read and watch Electosync's entry:The Effects of Different 3D Printing Resins on Air Quality in a Workshop Environment


Thank you to all of our Beta Users for the time and effort in taking part, please continue to follow the Air Quality Project for further updates.

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