Project NOAH, Startl Design Boost Alumni, Launches Redesign App to Great Fanfare

[ 0 ] February 11, 2011 |

With rave reviews and fanfare, Project NOAH launched their completely redesigned iPhone app this week.

Project NOAH is an award-winning mobile application that helps nature lovers discover local wildlife and aspiring citizen scientists contribute to current research projects. Noah stands for networked organisms and habitats. Think of Project Noah as a tool people can use to document and learn about their natural surroundings and as a technology platform research groups can use to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.

Project NOAH was not only the winner of the mobile Cooney Center Prize in 2010 but was also a participant in Startl’s inaugural 2010 Design Boost held in New York City.  Not only are we at Startl elated about Project NOAH’s latest release, but press and top individuals with an eye for success have commented about it as well.

From Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures and keeper of the popular blog AVC notes in his post:

“…download an app called Project Noah. I did that and we played around with it a bit. Project Noah is a mobile app (iPhone and Android) that people use to document and share the wildlife and plantlife they encounter in their daily life. I don’t have much wildlife and plantlife in my office so there wasn’t a lot I could do right then and there. But we did take a look at the website where all of the activity is displayed inmap form and by species. The app had just been approved and released and there was already close to 10,000 “spottings” all over the world.

Project Noah is a small team that came out of NYU’s ITP program and they started working on this idea while they were in school. They are now full time on the project and I think what they are up to is very interesting. Will this be a great business? Not sure, but then National Geographic has been around for a long time. Can this be impactful in the way that wikipedia and wikileaks have been? For sure.”

The app has three modes for the citizen scientist – spotting (photograph a plant or animal in your area you are interested in learning more about to be connected to information), Location-based Field Guide to learn what species have been spotted in your area and to learn more about your surrounding world and finally, Field Missions allowing users to contribute ongoing research projects.

Project NOAH combines the best of mobile technologies, learning and crowd-sourcing, a combination that is already proving to be a winner.

Related posts:

  1. Project NOAH – Design Boost Team Profile
  2. 5 Social Apps for Social Good
  3. Project NOAH – Science App Growing Strong
  4. Project NOAH Continues to Accel – Citizen Scientists Bloom (VIDEO)
  5. Project NOAH Passes 100k Registered Users

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Category: Design Boost, Distributed Learning, Higher Education, K-12

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