BENEFITING: GLOBAL MINIMUM
EVENT DATE: Sep 21, 2014
My name is Mercy. I am from Nairobi, Kenya. When I was 17, I invented a motion sensor with my friends, Joyce and Tracy, because we saw the need to fight against poaching in our country. Around 20,000 elephants are killed in Africa every year by poachers to support the thriving ivory trade. Currently, the level of poaching of elephants is beyond sustainability. If poaching continues at this rate, in a few years, elephants will be extinct.
Our motion sensor uses passive infrared to monitor movement of human and animal life in the park. This passive infrared device incorporated with infrared insulator badges for rangers will enable the rangers to catch the poachers. Our current prototype consists of a PIR module and an Arduino microcontroller which senses movement with a range of nine meters and sends the information to a computer through a cable.
I have been given an enormous privilege to demo our motion sensor at the MakerCon and the 5th Annual Social Good Summit in New York City this September 21-22, 2014. Your donation will assist the cost of my travel expenses to attend and present at the Summit and continue further with our project when I return to Nairobi.