The Awesome Foundation was founded in 2009 to support people doing awesome things in the world. Every month we give out a $1,000 grant. Come by and meet April's Awesome Foundation Fellow - MIT Media Lab’s Jeffrey Yoo Warren!
Jeff is using his fellowship to pursue his projects into Grassroots Mapping, a series of experiments that launch low-cost community satellites built from balloons, kites, and inexpensive digital cameras to create gorgeous aerial maps that have more than 100 times the resolution than those offered by Google.
The idea is to broadly democratize the technology for mapping, and help communities understand the landscape around them. Their latest, an ambitious idea to track the spread of the Gulf oil spill by engaging local communities on the coastline, is seriously amazing. The data will be released into the public domain, where it will assist legal and environmental efforts in the years to come.
In other words, it completely rocks.
Added by awesomefound on June 2, 2010