When transient phenomena are discovered by telescopes around the world, raw telemetric data about the event is shared over a global network of satellites and observatories. In real-time, this network collects, unpacks, and converts this data into standard formats that are then sent to other telescopes on the network. With this data, telescopes around the world can shift their focus and keep a constant watch on important events happening in the cosmos.
We built SkyWatch to tap into these networks and present to the world the ability to follow the cosmos in real-time. We created a Twitter-like interface to stream the events from the cosmos right into the palm of your hands. We’ve also provided access to Google Maps to plot where on Earth these observations are coming from, and access to Google Sky to plot where in the cosmos these events are taking place.
We have the goal of bringing SkyWatch to science centres, universities, and smartphones all around the world. For the first time in history, at the touch of a button, any child anywhere in the world could play witness to a supernova at the same time as an astrophysicist at NASA. We know that space is the next frontier and we hope that by providing everyone with access to the stars that they will one day aspire to reach for them.
Dexter is an entrepreneur and IT consultant with over 5 years of experience in various roles and industries. He holds a Bachelor’s in Software Engineering from the University of Ottawa, and a Master’s in Space Studies from the International Space University.
Ryan is a young entrepreneur whose skill in design and development improve everyday. Ryan is a co-founder of Sproutr, a freelance web designer and the sort of guy who disassembles things to see why they work. Ryan has often been described as a hippy for his love of nature and change, and is motivated by his unquenchable desire to pack a bag, and travel the world.
Roland is Software Developer, currently working at Critical Mass. He has been in the industry for over 30 years working at IBM, Sierra Systems and recently at MDA where he worked on the Next Generation Canadarm. In his spare time he is a FIRST Robotics mentor for FRC Team 1325. He lives in Mississauga.
Stefan is a Red Seal carpenter, working on such projects as Sunnybrook hospital, Koerner Hall and Toronto City Hall. He is also a mentor on FIRST Robotics Team 1325 and currently applying to university for a civil engineering program.
James is a co-founder of Sproutr.co, a new collaborative platform for entrepreneurs. He is passionate about technology, space and the startup community. He was born and raised in Brantford, Ontario, but now makes his home in Toronto.