‘SensiDock’ device, lionfish detector highlight Indian River Lagoon hackathon

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    Someday, Indian River Lagoon researchers may draw scientific data collected from devices attached to hundreds of backyard docks, helping wage war against fish-killing algae blooms.

    Four Florida Institute of Technology students created the SensiDock during the 36-hour “Hack the IRL” hackathon at Groundswell Startups. Housed inside a waterproof box, the small apparatus can transmit river temperature, pH, salinity and dissolved-oxygen measurements, using the dock owner’s phone.

    “It’s essentially the same as a crowd-sourced weather station. But it’s for water,” said Cody Clemons, a sophomore mechanical engineering major.