Students for a Smarter Planet ..leaders with conscience
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Hello guys, a summer program for youngsters who would love to code is on, thanks to IBM for making it possible. The program entails web and mobile application development. It kick started on the 7th of July, 2014 with the registration of applicants, 8th and 9th was the opening ceremony of which the young minds had several talk shows including “Mobile application lifecycle” – Girish Dhanakshirur, IBM, India, “Roadmap to becoming a software developer – Zoryana Tischenko, IBM, Irekand”, “Overview of bluemix cloud starter – Matthew Perrins, IBM, UK”, “Introduction to development suites” etc.
It has been intriguing so far, with packages such as HTML5, PHP, photoshop, bluemix cloud data analytics and networking and Oracle database programming already in session. This is just the tip of the iceberg, as the program which is intended for five (5) weeks advances, the youngsters have a lot more to learn, explore and discover. Consequently, they would be adept at Web application development, Database programming, and Android application development. Keep tabs on us as we progress into the world of computing with its limitless possibilities.

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July 11th, 2014

An award was made to Bells University of Technology in Nigeria to support their summer school event / course.  The funds will allow three students to attend who would not be able to afford to otherwise.  In the class the students will learn about web and mobile application development,  which skills gained, in turn, will serve the community and surrounding organizations, meeting their web and mobile application development needs.

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Bells University of Technology is offering a 5 week class this summer on the future of the web and mobile development.  Students for a Smarter Planet is contributing funds for 5 tuition scholarships.  IBMers from around the world will be speaking throughout the event.  More details to come.

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April 30th, 2014

Hello there, as we progressed during the early hours, we emerged to say that it is convenient to know that a device is smart enough to isolate power on a power outlet based on user preference and perform real life switching of electrical appliances, and also more enlightening when this device can efficiently perform that task over an ad-hoc network. During this period, we have effortlessly put together various components of the electric power outlet monitoring and wireless sensor network circuit involving;
ADE 7751(metering IC), PIC16F819 microcontroller, The XBee radio and XBee breakout board.
This would provide an ease of access for controllability, thus, low data rate wireless communication with high precision ranging and localization by employing ultra wide band technologies for a low power and low cost solution. Moreover, it involves wireless radio connections on every power outlet for transmission of power consumptions, light and temperature data. This data is received by the receiver radio at the gateway and then stores it in a log, which is further transmitted to the android device.
The android app would be programmed using java with eclipse as the development platform. This android mobile app will be used to display the total power consumed in the building in addition to enabling the user monitor and control power usage remotely over an ad-hoc network or the internet. Subsequently, we would provide updates on the progress made as we keep speculating, studying, designing and creating. Be sure to keep tabs on us.

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March 26th, 2014

Factors we are monitoring are discussed below:


  • It greatly influences the survival or growth of a crop. Each crop has its own temperature survival range called cardinal temperature.
  • The effect of temperature on the rate of photosynthesis is little. The rate of photosynthesis increases with rise in temperature from 5 degrees to 37 degrees in general. The rate of photosynthesis is doubled for every 10 degrees increase in temperature. Note that this is in Celsius.
  • As temperature increases, respiratory reaction rates speed up, using more of the photosynthetic compounds manufactured in a day. This results in photosynthesis getting reduced. Also, plants require more water to maintain optimum water content in their tissues. Thus increase in the respiratory reaction will require more water for the plant to cope with the requirement and if not, this will result in low yield.
  • Usually high temperature promotes the growth of weeds, insects and pathogens.

Soil Moisture:

  • If soil moisture is near normal or wetter than normal, a dry spell from day 14 to day 60 after pollination will have a small influence on final corn yield.
  • When the top 6 inches of soil is wet, planting is delayed, and nitrogen can be lost to either denitrification or leaching. Leaching may lead to the development of seed, root, and crown diseases.
  • Dry soil during planting may result in poor stand establishment and may cause plant stress when dryness occurs during the periods of flowering and seed set.

Light Intensity (The degree of brightness that a plant is exposed to):

  • Light greatly affects photosynthesis, increase in the intensity of light will result in an increase in photosynthesis.
  • Deficient light intensities tend to reduce plant growth, development and yield.
  • Excessive light intensity should be avoided. It can scorch the leaves and reduces crop yields.

Sensors to be used are listed below:

  • Temperature Senor
  • Soil moisture sensor
  • Light sensor
  • Humidity sensor
  • Soil nutrient sensor (optional)

The cassava farm we are working on is shown below in its raw glory

Cassava Farmland

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