The idea of designing a System for modern Smartphone Apps to support Citizen Science and Environment Conservation was born out there in the field, when a hiking trip became a sudden discovery of wild waste in an otherwise untouched forest scenery. - resulting in now over 2000 hours of concepting, designing, developing, testing and improving SPOTTERON.
In Citizen Science lays so much potential, if its done right. In our opinion, the symbiosis of scientific or environmental goals with those amazing high-tech computers and sensors, everybody of us carries around in the pockets everyday can help not only scientific research, but also the way people recognize and care about their surroundings. By their ongoing involvement, Citizen Scientists become part of something much bigger - a growing and curious community.
Through its conceptual accessability, we now are able to hold the running costs for a complete service for the projects as low as possible. Our long-term goal is to provide this always-maintained and ever-improved system to all Citizen Science, Environment Conservation and Social Projects as a professional and reliable service, while keeping also the users in mind.
SPOTTERON builds on this vision of an ongoing collaboration between Citizen Science project, designers, developers and also the Citizen Scientists to build the Citizen Science Tool of the future - because Citizen Science itself is all about working together, too.
Philipp J. Hummer
Design // Project Lead
Media & Community
Since Tine grew up in the black forest in Germany, she has always been a nature lover. While studying international development at the University of Vienna she supports the team with her skills in media and baking banana bread.