Category Archives: Open Innovation

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Welcome to #SpaceApps 2017, the World’s Largest Hackathon

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Blake Garcia of SecondMuse is leading our global team managing Space Apps for NASA. Space Apps is an international hackathon that occurs over 48 hours in cities around the world. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, technologists, and everyone enthusiastic about space come together to address challenges we face on Earth and in space! The theme for the challenges this year is Earth! Blake shared some of his remarks from Space Apps in Rome this morning….

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he women of SeaPower making tubular nets.

Innovations in Tanzanian Aquaculture

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Women seaweed farmers from Zanzibar holding the tubular nets they have designed with SeaPower, a Blue Economy Challenge winner, that will allow them to grow higher valued seaweed in deeper waters. Photo Credit: Brett Garling, Cut Canvas Creative Key players from across Tanzania’s aquaculture industry will gather in Dar es Salaam on April 27, to think about ways to support and scale local innovators whose game-changing innovations could advance the future of aquaculture. “Aquaculture investments…

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Why We Innovate: Aquaculture Innovators Share Their Stories

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From Australia to South Africa, and from Thailand to Tanzania, since late 2016, ten game-changing companies have set out on a journey to reengineer aquaculture with their own sustainable solutions. In a new video series, each of these Aquacelerator Fellows sheds light on their innovations and what drove them to pursue the impact they are working toward. One of those Fellows is Jonathen Arul. Arul is the co-founder of Mawio Farms and partnering with Matthew…

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Happy Holidays from SecondMuse!

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Together with our committed partners, collaborators and innovators, we’re tackling some of the biggest challenges of our time including food security, climate resilience, re-engineering aquaculture, sustainable palm oil production as well as disrupting how we reuse, recover and recycle waste. Our work addressing women and girls in STEM, incubating advanced manufacturing and building capacity for innovators has taken us from the five boroughs of New York City to some 20 countries around the world from…

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The organizing team, winners and judges at Space Apps Next Gen 2016 are all smiles after an excellent hackathon.

Hacking Youth Engagement for a Better World

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With buzz building like a baking soda-vinegar volcano at a science fair, this past September, nearly 100 high school students packed into the eBay Innovation Center in New York, NY, for the 2nd annual Space Apps Next Generation hackathon. I found myself surrounded by dozens of young civic hackers – most too young to even vote for the next U.S. president – brazenly exploring how they can harness publicly available open data in the name…

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NASA's Deborah Diaz and Secondmuse's Katey Metzroth catch up at the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission.

#SpaceApps at the Liftoff of OSIRIS-REx

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Caption: With NASA’s Chief Technology Officer for IT Deborah Diaz at the launch of the OSIRIS-REx mission There was a collective sense of anticipation and excitement at Cape Canaveral in Florida last evening as we witnessed the launch of the OSIRIS-REx just after 7pm. Together with hundreds of others on bleachers just outside Kennedy Space Center, NASA made history again. @secondmuse does @OSIRISREx @KennedySpaceCtr! We're all smiles with the @spaceapps crew! Let the countdown begin……

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Drone Journalism Lab founder Matt Waite flies a Parrot AR Drone for a photo in 2012.

How Drones Are Informing the Stories We Produce

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As storytellers, we had an eye in the sky. When we set out to tell the story of obesity and malnutrition in Tonga and Timor, the DJ1 Phantom 3 drone we deployed on the field greatly impacted our production. Together with producer Andy Day of KeepLeft, we used a combination of drone footage and traditional footage to tell a multidimensional story, contrasting the beauty of the landscape with the dual challenges of obesity and malnutrition. This is…

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Internet Freedom through Localization of Tools

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On March 4th, 2015 in Valencia, Spain as part of the Circumvention Tech Festival, the Localization Lab from SecondMuse hosted our second ever Localization Sprint. The goal of the Sprint was to convene a group of translators from the Localization Lab Community with Developers from the Tor Project and Globaleaks to translate Internet Freedom Tools (IFTs) into more than 10 different languages simultaneously and also to identify localization and user challenges while providing real time feedback...
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SecondMuse’s Year in Review: Green Chemistry, Making, Internet Freedom, Systems Mapping, and Social Change

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2014 was a big year for SecondMuse. We had the opportunity to engage with a diverse range of partners all around the world to create true social impact in a variety of sectors. This retrospective touches upon some projects that were particularly notable for us. Innovating Canada’s Future with the McConnell Foundation With its latest initiative, RECODE, the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation infusing a culture of social innovation and entrepreneurship in post-secondary education throughout Canada....
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Media in Context: A Hackathon by Al Jazeera

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Today we are announcing a great project we are working on with the Innovation and Research Group at Al Jazeera!  Al Jazeera is organizing its inaugural hackathon focused on the future of media and technology.   The event will be held in Doha, Qatar this November. If selected, you’ll collaborate with some of the most innovative minds in media and journalism to imagine the future of news and information. We’re taking applications from designers, developers, media experts, and…

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