Over the past few months, we've quietly been building a better way for OpenROVers to meet each other and share their adventures, dives and expeditions. It's called OpenExplorer.
Many of you have seen recent trips and dives that we've linked to here on the OpenROV blog. Now we want to hear from you! We're going to be GIVING AWAY 5 OpenROV KITS* to the expeditions that gather the most amount of followers on OpenExplorer over the coming month (ending 12pm PST on 9/19).
The key: you don't have to have everything figured out before you begin. Just get started!
We started OpenROV because we wanted to explore an underwater cave near our home. We didn't have any expensive equipment or a research grant, so we took a different route: sharing and collaborating with others who wanted to share the adventure. It worked! And it was a lot of fun!
This is a chance to bring the OpenROV community (both digitally and physically) along for your trip or dive. Here are some tips to gathering support for your expedition:
- Invite friends to join you as "Collaborators" on the expedition (here's an example with 12 Collaborators on the expedition). The more people you involve, the bigger the reach of people you can share your updates with.
- Do something awesome and interesting! This is obvious, I know, but make sure it's something people will be excited to follow along with. (For examples, see Darcy's enlightening depth testing adventure in British Columbia or Erika's dive in the Arctic.) Even, and especially, if all you want to do is add new features to the vehicle - that's a surefire community builder. It's also a great way to meet other OpenROVers in your area.
- Post early and often! Don't worry about not having it all figured out when you start. (Example: Carsten has done an incredible job getting prepared - and everyone else interested - in his trip to Lake Malawi.)
Go ahead! Dive in at OpenExplorer.com!
*Must be 18 years of age. Will ship to anywhere that FedEx delivers. OpenROV Kit will include IMU/Depth Sensor. Batteries, laptop, and gamepad controller not included.