Biodesign for the Real World is a project that aims to enable crowd sourcing water quality data as empowered citizen scientists.

This interdisciplinary and collaborative course will define, build, and field-test prototypes that require the integration of wetware, hardware, and software to address  real world water problems. The course is offered as a semester project, with a distinct open-source approach to make a field-robust bio/chemical/electronic sensor elements and crowd sourced mapping of results. The course is being partnered with design students from the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, Bangalore, India, and the LifePatch citizen initiative in art, science and technology. The protypes built during the course will then be field tested in Switzerland, India and Indonesia.

With the three partner sites and in the spirit of open source and Do-It-Yourself (DIY), we are currently working on

If you are interested, please contact Sachiko Hirosue




(Art)ScienceBLR (IN): Jugaad Sensor Water Quality Map
LifePatch (ID): River Project on the hackteria site in English, on the Lifepatch site
Find out more about the teaching team on the PEOPLE page.
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2014.06.06,7 Waterhackathon at UNESCO Technology for Development, What is Essential?


2014 TEAM Course Description Syllabus Presentation at BAFU FINAL REPORT
2013 TEAM Course Description Syllabus Mid-Term Presentation FINAL REPORT