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This Spring’s Demo Night is a Spotlight on Civic Tech
At Make School, the educational experience is driven by one commandment — to design and ship products that can make the world a better place. In the last three months, the students in our two-year Product Academy have been collaborating on projects that do just that. And this Thursday at 6pm, during the Make School Demo Night & Intern Fair, our students will present the work they’ve been doing. The five products highlight the different tastes, sensibilities, and backgrounds of their creators — ultimately, though, the products all contain a thread of civic responsibility. Here’s a sneak preview of this semester’s projects.
xBAND is a hardware solution providing text messages, voice, and textual Internet capabilities using low cost, long range mesh radio technology. Tiny xBAND hardware modules attach to mobile devices and the access point provides Internet connectivity and coordinates mesh communications with mobile modules. Hardware modules cost $5 or less, making xBAND ideal for people in rural areas and developing countries with limited digital infrastructure. Team members Jacob Lichtstrahl and Kevin Caldwell came up with the project while contemplating the viability of making their own phones. Through their brainstorming, they eventually hit on the idea of creating a product to help connect people who have limited access to the internet. The two have been working alongside fellow students Dennis Aleynikov, Kazuhiro Komoto, and Fero Hetes — and have tackled some unique hardware challenges. On the hardware-side, the project utilizes the Raspberry Pi, Arduino Mega, a 900MHz radio transceiver. On the software-side, the team is working with Python, Android/Java, and React-Native.
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We’re incredibly proud of the hard work, dedication, and collaborative effort all these teams have displayed and are very excited to showcase their work. Come watch our students demo these impressive products at Demo Night on Thursday, April 28th! You can RSVP here.
And if you’re interested in solving complex problems through technology, apply now to become a Make School Student!
Published on the Make School Blog (https://www.makeschool.com/blog).