Oct 11-12, 2022 • VIRTUAL EVENT





Hackster's Impact Summit is a free two-day virtual event dedicated to inspiring developers, connecting organizations, and accelerating technological innovation. This year's topic targets initiatives that measure, monitor and protect our earth's air and water supply. 


All sessions are displayed in Pacific Time (PT), UTC-8.

Tuesday • OCT 11

Wednesday • OCT 12

9:00 AM


9:00 AM



Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion

9:55 AM

Technical Workshop 1

10:25 AM

Demo 1

Technical Workshop 2

Demo 2

Technical Workshop 3

Community Spotlight

12:25 PM

Hackster Cafe

12:05 PM

Hangout & Nerdout

1:25 PM

Community Spotlight

1:30 PM

Technical Workshop 1

Special Announcement

Special Announcement

2:25 PM

Demo 1

2:30 PM

Demo 3

2:50 PM


3:15 PM


2:55 PM

Happy Hour - Dev Meetup


Tuesday • OCT 11

All sessions are displayed in Pacific Time (PT), UTC-8.


9:00 AM PT

The Industry of Conservation

All hands on deck, or keys as the case may be, for the Earth. We all have different super powers we can contribute.
Join Sarah Maston, the founder of Project 15 from Microsoft (http://aka.ms/project15) , as she shares her notes on how a simple question of “what if we, the technical community had the skills that could help scientists go faster?” and a call to action to “join us” created a community of concerned developers, technology partners and scientific partners that is multi-generational and multi-discipline sharing knowledge to get stuff done.  

Sarah Maston - Director of Global Partner Development, Microsoft


9:35 AM PT

Connecting the Dots: A Discussion on Private and Public Partnership and Driving Impact for Our World

Did you know that the GEF Small Grants Programme implemented by the United Nations Development Program funds projects in 128 countries in the world? 

Did you know the projects range from smart oceans to smart cities and NGOs all over the globe are working to drive change in communities with connected solutions?

Did you know that Seeed Studio partnered with Project 15 from Microsoft to strategize to make a fleet of globally distributed devices to make a faster path for NGOs creating solutions for our world?

Did you know that there are established communities that connect passionate technologists to scientific developers to help them get their projects scaled?

Come join as our panelists tap into their area of expertise to illustrate how sometimes the answer to a question is just meeting the right person that can help.

Stephanie O'DonnellCommunity Manager, WILDLABS

Eric PanFounder and CEO, Seeed Studio

Sarah MastonDirector of Global Partner Development, Microsoft

Gautam ShahFounder,Internet of Elephants

Yoko WatanabeGlobal Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP



10:25 AM PT

10:50 AM PT

Using Coral for Environmental Use Cases

Carbon Removal Tech Through Open Hardware: Accelerating Climate Progress Through Public Awareness and Open Innovation

The Coral platform from Google is a powerful and flexible development and deployment solution for bringing AI to the edge. It enables makers and businesses to build smart edge devices with on-board ML models to develop products and applications, include supporting use cases in measuring many environmental data such as water and air, to create innovative solutions. This demo session will introduce the environmental application opportunities using the Coral hardware, and demo the latest Coral Dev Board Micro, a new microcontroller device that supports dual ML model operations with low-power consumption and flexible deployment options.

Dahl Winters, CEO of TerraNexum and member of the OpenAir Collective, will discuss carbon removal and why it is essential for addressing climate change. The Cyan project began with the first OSHWA-certified microscale carbon removal unit, supported by the OpenAir Collective with the goal of raising awareness that carbon removal tech is accessible now and can have a real impact when properly scaled. In this demo, Dahl will walkthrough the first-generation Cyan unit and share how the OpenAir community has extended it in several directions through volunteer-based R&D as well as through competitions and challenges. 

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will have an improved sense of how the larger, higher-capacity CO2 removal units work, where and when these will become more widely available, and how they can assist significantly with achieving better climate outcomes.

Bill LuanSenior Program Manager, Google Coral

Dahl WintersCEO, TerraNexum

11:15 AM PT

Community Spotlight

Hackster Community Members will share their projects focused on open and sustainable solutions that are making a local or global impact on how we protect our air and water resources.

Rex St John
The Impact Metaverse: Digital Twins of Natural Capital

Markus Leutwyler
A DIY open-source CO2-Sensor for STEM education in schools

Muhammad Afzal
Low cost Outdoor Air Quality Monitoring System for Under Developed Countries

Peter MaClean Water AI

Jeremy LosawInternational Innovation

12:05 PM PT

Hangout & Nerdout

“Hangout & Nerdout” is a virtual community meetup series co-produced by Make: and Hackster. Hosts Jinger Zeng, Alex Glow & David Groom will interview featured experts on their Impact initiatives, followed by an open video chat where the audience can join and ask questions.

Alvaro PrietoPrincipal Embedded Software Engineer, Sofar Ocean Technologies

Raunak Singh
9th grader, Bergen County Academies (BCA) Hackensack at the Academy of Engineering & Design Technology (AEDT)

Olya Irzak
CEO, Frost Methane


1:30 PM PT

Using AzureRTOS for Multi-Tasking in Arduino!

In this workshop, we’ll go over what a Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) is and why you want to use one. We’ll also demo how to use the AzureRTOS Arduino library to do multi-tasking on microcontrollers like the Seeed Wio Terminal, XIAO SAMD21 or the Arduino Nano 33 IoT.

Jen FoxSenior Project Manager, Microsoft

Liya DuPrincipal Program Manager, Microsoft

Mollie MuñozSoftware Engineer,  Microsoft



The Seeed Studio XIAO SAMD21 is perfect for TinyML, smart wearable devices, and IoT projects. It's low power, has a USB Type-C interface and supports Arduino, Micropython, and CircuitPython.

Seeed Studio will give away 10 pieces of the XIAO SAMD21 to lucky workshop participants.
Attend the live session on Oct 11th to get your name in the drawing to win! Winners will be emailed following the Impact Summit.

2:15 PM PT

Winner Announcement: IoT Into the Wild Contest for Sustainable Planet 2022 

2:30 PM PT


Ribbit Network: Building an Open-Source IoT, Greenhouse Gas Sensor for Climate

Ribbit Network is a global network of open-source, low-cost, CO2 detection sensors. These sensors upload their data to the cloud, creating the world's most complete Greenhouse Gas dataset built by citizen scientists everywhere.

Join this workshop and learn how to build your own Frog sensor with a Raspberry Pi and balena. We will demo the assembly of a Frog, joining the Frog Sensor to a Balena Open Fleet, and the connection of our Frog to the live Ribbit Network Database. We save sensor data and make it accessible for scientists everywhere to analyze and pinpoint emissions. This data allows us to identify and track emissions, so we can verify our assumptions about climate change and hold ourselves accountable through corporate, government, and individual action.

Keenan JohnsonFounder, Ribbit Network

Wednesday • OCT 12

All sessions are displayed in Pacific Time (PT), UTC-8.


9:00 AM PT

Crossing the Chasm: A Discussion on Scaling Sustainable Practices and Strategies to Lead Impact in Organizations

Tune in to our panel as they discuss how their organizations have adopted sustainable mindsets in how they build products, expand their customer base and contribute towards more meaningful technology evolution.

Jessica TangemanCEO, Hackster

Joe SimonSenior Program Manager,
National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Calum HandforthAdviser, UN Development Programme

Fran BakerGlobal Social Impact & Innovation Lead, Arm

Thomas SoederholmVP of Business Development,
Nordic Semiconductor

Leo BanchikPartner,
Global Founders Capital


9:55 AM PT

Build a Power-Efficient Mobile Weather Station With the Thingy:91

With global warming and environmental challenges, there is a growing need for monitoring our surroundings to sustain a healthy and sustainable world.
In this workshop, Nordic Semiconductor will teach you how to create a power-efficient mobile weather station using the Nordic Thingy:91 cellular IoT prototyping platform. They will make use of the low power benefits of the LwM2M, which is an application-level protocol specially designed for low-power data usage that can make your application run for years.

Didrik RokhaugApplication Engineer, Tech Support Group, Nordic

Nordic Thingy:91

The Nordic Thingy:91 is an easy-to-use battery-operated prototyping platform for cellular IoT using LTE-M, NB-IoT and GNSS. It is ideal for creating Proof-of-Concept (PoC), demos and initial prototypes in your cellular IoT development phase.


Nordic will be giving away a Thingy:91 to three lucky workshop participants. 
Register and attend the event live, October 12th to get your name in the drawing to win! Winners will be emailed following the Impact Summit.


10:45 AM PT

Open Robotics Stack for Underwater Autonomous Vehicles

This workshop, led by Caretta Robotics, will show you a full-stack solution for building a underwater ROV with open source platforms PX4, ROS, and how to do simulation with Gazebo. During the workshop will be opportunities for live discussion and Q&A with community managers and developer advocates from Dronecode Foundation, Open Robotics, and OpenCV.

Farhang NaderiCTO, Caretta Robotics

Kat ScottDeveloper Advocate, Open Robotics

Ramon RocheGeneral Manager, Dronecode Foundation

Phil NelsonDirector of Content and Creative, OpenCV


11:35 AM PT

Build an AI-Powered Weather Station With WiFi/ LoRa

Traditionally, a development kit is nothing more than matching one or more themed modules, combining their functions, and then programming to achieve a certain systematic function. SenseCAP K1100 – the sensor prototype kit with LoRa® and AI is the one that changes the game. It is not only designed for traditional makers, but also for software engineers and system integrators with various backgrounds. With the kit in hand, you can deploy a set of smart sensors in a few minutes through LoRaWAN network or WiFi, and train your machine learning model in the featured AI Vision Camera to achieve different object detection results. It also serves as a gateway to industrial sensor nodes through which higher-end IoT solutions are built.
During the workshop, Lakshantha will walk through the steps of building a weather station by using a Wio Terminal as the main controller and various environmental sensors connected to it. After the environmental sensor data is obtained, the data will be sent to the cloud via WiFi/ LoRa® to visualize on dashboards (Azure IoT Central/ Helium Console/ SenseCAP Platform). As a bonus and more advanced content, he will demonstrate how to use the Grove - Vision AI Module to detect waste materials in rivers and lakes.

Lakshantha DissanayakeApplication Engineer, Seeed Studio

SenseCAP K1100 - The Sensor Prototype Kit with LoRa® and AI

'SenseCAP K1100 - The Sensor Prototype Kit with LoRa® and AI' enables you to rapidly digitize the world using LoRaWAN® and solve real-world challenges. With this plug-and-play toolkit, anyone can add AI to their edge devices and unlock the potential of AIoT.

12:25 PM PT

Hackster Café

Host Alex Glow will be interviewing Chris Adams, Director at The Green Web Foundation, about transitioning away from a fossil-fueled economy to a zero carbon one.

1:25 PM PT

Community Spotlight

Hackster Community Members will share their projects focused on open and sustainable solutions that are making a local or global impact on how we protect our air and water resources.

Elizabeth VicarteFlowWat: A Smart and Sustainable Way to Analyze Irrigation Water Flow

Sashrika DasSmart Lake - Early Detection of Algae Bloom

Achim HaugDesigning and Producing a Professional Air Quality Open Source Monitor

Bryan CostanichImpacting the Anthropocene

2:15 PM PT

Hackster Impact 2022 Winner Announcement

The Hackster Impact award recognizes a team or an individual who represents a significant contribution to using technology to make the world a better place. 


2:25 PM PT

Introduction to the AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development Board

Join Bob Martin, Wizard or Make for Microchip as he introduces the recently released AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development board. This is a fully Arduino compatible LTE-M based board based on the AVR® DB family and a Sequans Monarch® 2 LTE-M modem. Full TLS support with certificate exchange is available through the ECC608A Secure Element.

The AVR-IoT Cellular Mini Development Board is also compatible with the Adafruit Feather footprint and provides a Qwiic connector interface. Combined with the advanced analog features of the AVR128DB48 microcontroller provide a powerful yet easy to use platform to quickly evaluate environmental sensor platforms.

The Quiic connector interface allows access to a large selection of atmospheric and water quality sensors fully supported by Arduino libraries. Using the low power modes on the AVR128DB48 MCU can optimize the power profile and maximize battery life in the field.

A quick demo of a environmental sensor cube will illustrate the flexible connectivity and low power operation of the AVR-IoT Cellular Mini.

Bob MartinWizard of Make, Sr. Staff Engineer, Microchip

2:55 PM PT

Developer Meetup with Edge Impulse

The Edge Impulse team will lead a developer meetup on Hackster's Discord channel. Join in, discuss what you learned in this year's summit and further explore the world of machine learning with Edge Impulse experts. 


Sarah Maston

Eric Pan

Stephanie O'Donnell

Gautam Shah

Director of Global Partner Development, Microsoft

Founder and CEO, Seeed Studio

Founder, Internet of Elephants

Community Manager, WILDLABS

Yoko Watanabe

Bill Luan

Rex St John

Peter Ma

Global Manager, GEF Small Grants Programme, United Nations Development Programme

Senior Program Manager,Google Coral

Head of DevRel, Saga.xyz

Co-founder, MixPose (Techstars21)

Muhammad Afzal

Jen Fox

Liya Du

Lakshantha Dissanayake

Founder, OR97; Freelance IoT Engineer

Sr. Program Manager,Microsoft

Principal Program Manager,Microsoft

Application Engineer, Seeed Studio

Alex Glow

David Groom

Jessica Tangeman

Jinger Zeng

Community Editor, Make:

CEO, Hackster.io

Hardware Nerd,Hackster.io

Contest Manager,

Didrik Rokhaug

Application Engineer, Nordic Semiconductor

Farhang Naderi

CTO, Caretta Robotics

Phil Nelson

Director of Content and Creative, OpenCV

Kat Scott

Developer Advocate,Open Robotics

Fran Baker

Global Social Impact & Innovation Lead, Arm

Joe Simon

Senior Program Manager,National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Calum Handforth

Adviser, UN Development Programme

Ramon Roche

General Manager,Dronecode Foundation

Thomas Soederholm

VP of Business Development,Nordic Semiconductor

Leo Banchik

Partner,Global Founders Capital

Chris Adams

Director, The Green Web Foundation

Sashrika Das

Passionate 7th Grade Maker

Bob Martin

Wizard of Make, Sr. Staff Engineer,Microchip

Achim Haug

Founder and CEO, AirGradient Ltd.

Dahl Winters


Keenan Johnson

Founder, The Ribbit Network

Alvaro Prieto

Principal Embedded Software Engineer, Sofar Ocean Technologies

Raunak Singh

Passionate 9th Grade Maker

Bryan Costanich

CEO & Cofounder,Wilderness Labs

Olya Irzak

CEO,Frost Methane

Mollie Muñoz

Software Engineer, Microsoft

Jeremy Losaw

Director of Engineering, Enventys Partners

Elizabeth Vicarte

Masters Student at Cornell University

Markus Leutwyler




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