Heat Seek Blog

  1. Redesigned Landing Site

    Check out our new landing site! It’s pretty awesome. Andrea came up with some killer mockups and the developers really delivered. We’ve been showing it around and everyone loves it. This is leaps and bounds ahead of the bootstrap theme we’d slapped on it when we first started.

    - JUN 19, 2014 -

  2. Flatiron School Bought Us More Hardware!

    Thank you Flatiron School! the school has been tremendously supportive of the project and have yet again stepped in with some money and expertise. Sara Chipps, the best hardware hacker ever, gave us some sage guidance on what kind of hardware we might need and then authorized the school to pay for it all. Thank you Sara!

    - JUN 15, 2014 -

  3. Mesh Networking with XBees

    We’ve decided to go with mesh networking for the sensors to help bring the cost down. As it turns out, a significant portion of the cost of a sensor comes from its on-board wifi, so we thought, why have all the sensors in the building use wifi? Why not have most of them use something really cheap, like short-wave radio, and then let them all talk to one broadcasting base that communicates with our servers on behalf of all of them? Turns out, that’s called mesh networking, and it cuts our costs by around 50%. There’s a fairly easy solution for radio-wave based mesh networking out there called XBees - we’re looking into it.

    - JUN 10, 2014 -

  4. Personal Democracy Forum

    We went to the Personal Democracy Forum and Andrew Raseij introduced us to a guy from Microsoft who might be able to get us sponsored! Apparently if we can get a legal structure, Microsoft would consider giving us free cloud hosting, event space, software, and even funding. Looks like it’s time to find a lawyer who can help us draft up a mission statement and some bylaws. We had originally wanted to pursue 501©(3) status right away, but after talking with some people familiar with the process, it seems like fiscal sponsorship is the way to start. According to Grant Space:

    Fiscal sponsorship is a formal arrangement in which a 501©(3) public charity sponsors a project that may lack exempt status. This alternative to starting your own nonprofit allows you to seek grants and solicit tax-deductible donations under your sponsor’s exempt status.

    Based on the feedback we’ve been getting, it seems this is the route many non-profits take toward eventually getting their own 501©(3) status. We’re going to be looking into it in much more detail as soon as we’ve gotten a bit further along in the project. Its amazing to see how far we’ve come, and just how far we still have to go!

    If you’ve gone through the process of getting fiscal sponsorship, or know of an organization that might be interested in sponsoring Heat Seek NYC, email us at info@heatseeknyc.com.

    - JUN 07, 2014 -