Thank you, Orcasound App hackers!

We would like to acknowledge the tremendous contribution of time, technology, and code that have been made to our open source project. Beginning in the fall of 2018, we began participating in hackathons in Seattle and at the University of Washington. In summer, 2019, we partnered with Microsoft through their amazing hackathon community. In 2020, Orcasound became a host organization for Google Summer of Code (GSoC).

In combination with our Github repositories, these events have brought many talented programmers, designers, engineers, researchers, and “geeks for good” to the project. They have made it possible to rapidly develop and refine the Orcasound app — a new way to listen for whales — based on a cutting-edge suite of inexpensive and open-source hardware and software for live streaming audio data.

Orcasound at a DemocracyLab hackathon in Seattle (photo by Mark Frischmuth).

So, let’s have a virtual round of applause for the following stand-out members of the Orcasound open-source community. In you’re inspired by their contributions to our Github repositories or Democracy Lab hackathons, don’t hesitate to support the Founders and Influencers directly! Sing their praises on social media and networks; join them in hacking for orca conservation; reinforce their volunteerism financially.

Founders (long-term contributors)

Like Orcasound organizational members (who have their own amazing volunteers!), founders can raise funds under the auspices of Orcasound to support their own Orcasound efforts or the project in general. The also have shown leadership in the community and often have administrative access to key parts of the Orcasound infrastructure.

Influencers (major contributions)

Founders can raise funds under the auspices of Orcasound to support their own Orcasound efforts or the project in general.

  • Kunal Mehta – Google Summer of Code student (2020), GSoC mentor (2021)
  • Diego Roderiguez – Google Summer of Code student (2020)
  • v3 UI design & development team members (2020-21)
    • Brendan Thatcher – UX/UI/design project manager
    • Elena Bukhonok – UX/UI/design project manager
    • Sam St Michael – Design
    • Michelle Bocklage
    • Kristen Gillaspy
    • Wei Li
    • Catherine Zeng
    • Carina Cheng
    • James Pedersen – Full stack developer
    • Garima – Development project manager
  • Ivan Storck – Orcamap code clean-up & contribution standards (2020-21)
  • Erin – User-centered design of 2019 UI v2 (2019)
  • Shawn Vita – Implementation of 2019 UI v2 (2019)
  • Samantha Berk – Administrative back end (2018-19)
  • Nóra Mészáros – Graphic design (2017-2020)
  • Liam Reese – Graphic design (2017+)
  • Erika Pelaez – Machine learning (2018)
  • Jennifer Rogers – Machine learning & spectrograms from FLAC files (2018+)
  • Joyce Liao – Orcanode repo & Raspberry Pi testing (2020+)

Supporters (key one-time contributions)

  • Glenn Block – Prototype notifications (2019)
  • Amie Dabu – User research (2019)
Erika facilitating an early discussion of machine learning and the Orcadata repository.
Val working on the Orcanode software and hardware.