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On December 6th-8th 2023, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), we organized the world’s largest Air Quality Hackathon to tackle one of the world’s most pressing health and environmental challenges, air pollution.

Participants used their creativity and tech skills to build cloud solutions that support local organizations and communities with access to clean air. Discover the teams that won the Hackathon and the challenges they worked to solve.

About the Air Quality Hackathon

The Air Quality Hackathon, a three-day, global, and virtual event, was aimed at finding innovative technical solutions to solve the most pressing air pollution challenges. Air pollution is one of the most pressing health and environmental issues linked to 6.7 million premature deaths worldwide yearly (WHO). It most acutely affects populations in South, South-East Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

We worked together with the world’s leading nonprofits and experts tackling air pollution to identify the key blockers they face. Hackathon participants then built technical prototypes to address those blockers and clean up the air for the betterment of the affected communities.

AI, Cloud and ML at the forefront of the battle against air pollution

More than 170 tech teams from 27 countries and 5 continents, with the help of over 50 technical mentors, used the latest cloud, ML and Artificial Intelligence (AI) technologies to build 33 solutions. The 3 winning solutions bridge the data, forecasting, monitoring, and information gaps with the ultimate goal to clean up the air.

Team Brainhub

Łukasz Pluszczewski, Jan Zoń, Agnieszka Grabałowska, Piotr Waleń

Challenge

Polish Smog Alert is an organization that conducts a campaign “See what you breathe. Change it”. A seven two-meter high models of human lungs travels to 63 locations. The lungs “breathe,” absorbing air pollutants that settle on the white matter covering the installations. The challenge for the tech team was to transfer the mobile lung experience to the digital space for the worldwide audience.

The Solution

The Brainhub team has prepared and implemented a website and a mobile application written in React.js with a very suggestive image of breathing lungs. Depending on the location we choose, and actual real-time data from OpenWeather API, the image will show us the damage to the lungs appropriate to the air quality. In future development, the website will be able to display historical data. On top of this, the team invented a mobile game using the Kaboom game engine in which the user can become a brave lung that fights air pollution. The level of difficulty depends on the level of pollution. The application is easy to deploy on AWS or any other container-enabled environment.

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