Hello Spark community -
I’m the co-founder of a startup that has invented a new sensor technology that is installed in the middle of a farm field and measures how much water is evaporating from crops over a 10 acre area. This data enables farmers to significantly increase yield and water efficiency through optimal irrigation recommendations.
While our sensor has some truly novel innovation, the core of the hardware is a microcontroller and a cellular modem to send measurements back to our servers. We would strongly prefer to build on top of Spark rather than re-inventing the wheel. Unfortunately, cellular connectivity is a requirement in rural farm fields, so the existing Spark core doesn’t work for our use case.
We are looking for someone with both hardware and firmware development skills to help us adapt the Spark hardware and firmware to support cellular connectivity. This includes schematic, PCB fab, and the firmware required for cellular communication. We are big fans of open source, so of course you can contribute your work back to the community. For the right person this is an amazing opportunity to contribute to their favorite open source project while getting paid!
For credibility, I should mention that we just graduated from the Summer 2014 batch of YCombinator and raised seed funding from major investors including Khosla Ventures and Bloomberg Beta Ventures. We have a lot of traction with very large farmers and we are building a world class team.
Our team is located in the SF Bay Area.
If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.