Thank you all for participating in the review process, and for putting up with the administrative delay.
There were 24 microgrant applicants, with 20 participating in the review process. As there were 20 microgrants, all who participated in the review process will be awarded a USD500 microgrant, pending due diligence.
Here is the list of the 20 awardees, ranked with the most favourably reviewed at the top. You’ll be hearing from us, and please keep us posted!
- Digital Naturalism - Jungle Tech Workshop Series
- Hands-on workshop: Synthetic Biology application on plastic waste degradation
- Soil Microscopy Workshop and bio-VJ Night
- MakerWare Design Programme
- Taller de termocicladores abiertos para educación universitaria.
- Environmental Science with micro:bit
- Jimbaran Fishing Communities Looking Closer with Foldscope
- Digital electronics for High School students of GBHS Pintchoumba
- Africa OSH Open Hardware Workshop
- Learning OSH through assembling
- Diving into open hardware data logging for small wind turbines
- OpenLAB - ESP8266-based Smart Irrigation system
- Introduction to Arduino kits in a scientific context
- Build a DIY ROV (Remote Operated Vehicle) Robot KIT for Under water Education
- RoboKids Boot Camp
- Owl Prowl by Wild Lives
- Open Hardware Meetup
- Africa Community forum for Open Science Hardware growth
The ordering of this list reflects the kind of short course or workshop that the community is interested in, and this will help us to more appropriately direct our focus in future calls.
Please do update us on the outcome of your event here on the forum! We aim to make this sort of microgrant call a regular thing, and your event updates will help in the review process when you apply in the next call.
Finally, thank you all for the optional comments that you provided during the review. One salient point was that it was hard to distinguish between science and general STEM events. This was reflected in the bimodal scores received by some applications. We’ll do some reflecting in this regard.
This is a great news for the day
Thanks for the update.
Lovley Thanks for the possibility!
Following the announcement of the awardees of the microgrants, here’s just a quick update to let folks know that due diligence is still under way.
Due to the larger-than-usual number of awardees (usually there are just a small handful), the process is also taking more time than usual.
Thanks for your patience and understanding.
We had a fantastic weekend building microscopes, geeking with colourful LEDs for illumination and using both the DIY versions and some other “professional” microscopes for BioVJing into our neightbours festival! We had some nice cultures already going on that suits well for making animated lively videos, Euglena have been growing a few months, a big tank full of waterfleas (Daphnia) and some spirulina bubbling in the corner. Due to bad weather we didn’t go out for a field trip to sample more soil and check the microbes living within…
Here are some more impressions on the hackteria wiki:
It’s always a classic and successful workshop… oldie but goldie it always works to bring the micro enthusiasts out of everyone.
If you wanna laser cut your own stages, you find the openscad and .svg files on thingyverse here:
Thanks to the GOSH community for the support to get this workshops series rolling on our (not so new anymore) Hackteria ZET - Open Science Lab.
The applicants have been contacted, and they know what’s going on, so this is an update for the community.
Most of the awardees have passed due diligence and are providing or have provided bank details to receive the USD500. A small number of awardees are having the paperwork ironed out. Some of these are not “organisations” in the required sense, and some need to find fiscal sponsors to receive the money.
@Harold There has been a change in the hands-on session for our workshop. Initially, the plan was to organize a workshop on an Arduino-based thermometer gun, but due to some challenges involved in getting the hardware components for the workshop, we have decided to switch the hands-on session to an open flexure microscope.
I thought it appropriate to update you and the GOSH comm council.
Thanks for updating us Frank!
For everyone who got grants, there’s an “events” category on the gosh forum which might be a good spot to share your event and documentation after the event!
@Harold Our workshop will be holding on the 6th of June, 2023. This is due to the fact that the funds didn’t reach us as early as we had expected. But we will make sure to give our report before the deadline. Kindly bear with us. Thanks again