Build Your Own Aquaponic Garden

Date:  Sat, Aug, 16th , 2014 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: American Steel Studios, Bay 5 1960 Mandela Prkwy.  Oakland 94607

Aquaponic gardens use bacteria to breakdown fish waste in a recycling water system to grow healthy organic produce without soil.

In this workshop you will build your own aquaponics garden. You’ll leave this workshop with a functional aquaponics garden and a deep understanding of how aquaponic systems work; including aquaponic modelling, aquaculture (fish farming), biological/mechanical filtration, hydroponics (soil-less farming), and smart aquaponic technologies.

Build Your Own DIY “Internet Of Things” Controller

Date: Sun, Aug 17th 2014 10:00 AM –  6:00 PM

Location: American Steel Studios, Bay 5 1960 Mandela Prkwy.  Oakland 94607

In this workshop, you’ll be building an open-source IOT based of our smart aquaponics controller platform, to create a system capable of the following:

Remotely monitoring variables such as temperature, light level, sounds, and many more. automating processes such as turning on and off lights, raising blinds, controlling water flows, and many more. sending real-time alerts using twitter, text, or email. logging and visualizing data and providing graphical simulations. integrating with social networks such as facebook and twitter. video streaming, motion detection and time-lapse photography.

We will go through the process of soldering and assembling a controller from scratch, hacking a router into an embedded linux microcomputer, configuring your system to work with the backend database, and connecting your mobile device to the system so you can monitor and control your IOT controller over the internet.

Students must bring the following, a laptop with a linux shell (windows users will need cygwin)., a wr703n wireless router, ethernet cable.

Optionally a soldering iron – if you do not have one, please email us after registering for the workshop and we’ll make arrangements to provide one for you.

If you have an idea of what you’d like your IOT controller to do, send us an email after registering for this workshop and we’ll let you know if you may want to bring additional materials!