Octappus

Designed for Blue Ventures‘ coral reef conservation project underway in Madagascar and other countries, this is an Android scientific survey app that John built (using React Native). It’s being used on the shores  by octopus fishers, who are using it to collect and transmit data to London scientists on how many creatures they are catching, and then sync it all to a database. Users are provided with live infographic reports that come in via a pub-sub system.

The app was built because Blue Ventures needed a replacement for the aging, XML-based Open Data format of some earlier software that was having trouble getting through reliably to MySQL servers from distant shores with erratic 3G connections. It’s also heavily customizable. From a main dashboard it can be changed into new permutations to suit the needs of other conservation projects from Africa to Oceania.

It also runs in the native dialect of Vezo.

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