Ms. Davis is an Environmental Protection Specialist with the Department of Energy and Environment. Jordan is a member of the Air Quality Division’s Monitoring and Assessment Branch. Jordan is a recent graduate of College of Charleston, where received her BS in Geology and focused on environmental geochemistry. Jordan’s past research includes analyzing trace metals in urban particulate pollution.
The air monitoring world is moving towards the use of low-cost sensors to capture air quality data. These devices often provide data in minutes or seconds, and finding the useful information from such a massive data source is a big challenge. The end goal would be to integrate low cost sensors into a network to quickly inform District residents if/when there are air quality hazards.
We were able to work with HeroX to draft challenge guidelines, promote the challenge to a targeted audience of interested parties, and ultimately draw a crowd of innovators from across the globe to submit proposals to address our challenge. We were quite satisfied with the number and diversity of both individuals and proposals that the challenge drew.