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SXSW 2019

Getting Communities Stoked on Science

We stand the best chance at protecting the resources we cherish. Surfers are an ideal community because water quality and coastal preservation are critical to their sport. Smartfin is rallying a community of surfers by equipping their surfboard fins with Internet of Things sensors—creating an opportunity to understand how our coasts are changing due to sea level rise, ocean acidification, and more. Other citizen science projects have found success by tapping into communities that love wildlife, fauna, space and more. This panel will discuss the citizen science movement, advancing technology to solve issues like climate change, and getting passionate communities stoked on science.

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  1. Citizen science projects can find success rallying communities to care about issues by tapping into the passions of what that group cherishes
  2. Technology is advancing to rely on communities to do more powerful data capturing that can be of value to the worldwide scientific community
  3. There are challenges to keep these communities engaged, make the data scientifically valid and manage the quantity of data

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Lauren Fimbres Wood, Director of Strategic Communications , Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Social & Global Impact
  • Track 2
  • Level: Beginner
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