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Who: Ocius

When: December 2014

Where: Sydney



Ocius is a multi-award winning Australian marine research and technology company, working in conjunction with University of Wollongong and NSW's Steber International to deploy a fully autonomous unmanned surface vessel (USV) drone - called a BlueBottle. This drone lives at sea in all conditions using the energy on the ocean i.e. the wind, sun and waves to power itself and its sensors.

During the Sydney Summer 2014 Hackathon, the team led by Robert Dane (check out a profile we did of him) and Ninan Mathew, focused on making use of the sensor data that is collected by satellite communications. They developed a proof of concept website, UX flow and data management system so that different user groups could easily download or interact with the data being produced by the vessel. The work done by RHoK will be used to visualise data generated for the drone's maiden voyage around Lord Howe island.

Local Linguist

Who: Local Linguist

When: Winter 2015 and Summer 2015

Where: Melbourne


Local Linguist is an app for collecting data on local languages. The idea was inspired by the problems encountered with linguistics research in East Timor. For the majority of children in the country, the language used in the classroom is not the language that they speak at home, and for many, not a language they have spoken before starting school.

The Local Linguist app and website is designed to allow researchers to upload picture, audio and written data sets to a website. These sets can then be used by researchers who have the local linguist app on their phone. The app allows researchers to go into the field, show informants a picture, or written question, or hear an audio clip, and then get the informant to respond using a multiple choice answer, written answer, or recorded audio answer. The app then prompts field researchers to upload the data to the website. This app has the potential to revolutionise linguistic (and other) research in places such as Timor-Leste. 

The prototype app was developed at the RHoK Melbourne Winter 2015 Hackathon. Further development occurred over a number of RHoLLs, and again at the RHoK Melbourne Summer 2015 Hackathon. The team is currently worked on the website database (using ruby on rails), updating the app (the app is written in java), and linking the app to the database.