Raspberry Shake is democratizing the technology, science and information that was once only accessible to government institutes. Measuring the Earth’s moans and groans, monitoring earthquakes and issuing timely alerts was once the exclusive business of government institutes with deep pockets. The cost of seismographs limited our collective ability to study earthquakes and other sources of ground motion. The status quo has been Shaken.
The Shake-up began when the Raspberry Shake 1D personal seismograph launched on Kickstarter’s crowdfunding platform in July, 2016. It was a resounding success, receiving an award for innovation from SENACYT, Panama’s equivalent of the national science foundation. For the first time, hobbyists, citizen scientists and educators could access a plug-and-play professional Earth monitor and institutes could take advantage of this same technology to easily densify their existing networks with affordable seismographs.
Raspberry Shake brings the joy of science and technology to the people, empowering them to collaborate across borders and be their own independent source of earthquake information. As citizen scientists and hobbyists we have grown into the largest community-powered seismic network in the world, monitoring earthquakes globally, unrestrained by borders, politics and money.
We imagine a future when the fastest, highest quality earthquake information comes from a cross-border collaboration of citizen scientists and educators in cooperation with local geophysical institutes and not from governmental organizations alone. We imagine an age where citizen scientists and their professional counterparts collaborate to drive innovation and promote scientific and technological advances.
Science and technology belongs to all of us- to you, to your neighbor, to your local geophysical institute, universities and young minds in the classroom.
Join us as we push for Raspberry Shake to usher in a new age in scientific monitoring.