If you have experience with any of the following, we’d like to hear from you.

  • User interaction design. The Wapichan are smart and fast learners, but many have never used a phone, tablet, or laptop before, and tech support can be hard to find. We need people that are good listeners, empathetic designers, and excited to question traditional design assumptions.
  • Storing and syncing data offline. The Wapichan must travel for hours or days to access the Internet, so monitors have to be able to store and share observations, photos, and more without cellular or WiFi networks. We’ve been using Bluetooth, but are interested in shortwave radio, mesh networks, and other ideas, too.
  • Mapping, GIS and OpenStreetMap. Many of these tools involve recording observations at a location, and then viewing those observations on a map. We want to improve the capabilities of these tools, make them as simple and easier to use as possible, and then share this work with the open source mapping community.
  • Image processing. Photographic documentation is central to monitoring work, and a central part of data storage and transmission. Any increase in processing speed or reduction in file size can save valuable time and resources.
  • Android phone and tablet development. Androids are small, relatively cheap, and easy to take into the field. They’re also handheld GPS, video and photo cameras, audio recorders, forms, and storage drives. How else can we use them to aid in observations and monitoring?
  • Teaching forward and inspiring others. This is only one of several collaborative code creation workshops we have in the works, and we need people who can share their experience at these future events. The next time Digital Democracy comes to your town, can you lead a group of volunteers to implement a tool we designed in Guyana?

Our indigenous partners throughout the Amazon also work with: drone photography and routing, and audio recording and storage. 

Does this sound like you? Apply now.