Reedu GmbH & Co. KG
Reedu GmbH & Co. KG is the spin-off from ifgi’s GI@School actitivies and especially the senseBox project. The start-up company is based in Münster. The company offers products, concepts and services in digital education and citizen science following its claim “reengineering education”: from development and design of open-source hardware and software, over creation of educational concepts and resources, to coding workshops and hackathons for teachers and children. The most well-known product of Reedu is senseBox, available as senseBox:home – a DIY environmental station for citizen science, and senseBox:edu - a hardware set used in universities, schools and in private education. Both sets consist of a microcontroller, several sensors (e.g. temperature, light, air pressure, air quality etc.) with a focus in photonics and an internet connection (e.g. WiFi, LoRa etc.) to upload measurements to the product’s IoT platform openSenseMap. Other services in the senseBox context are visual programming interfaces and dashboards. Many of the Reedu employees have a background in research at the Institute for Geoinformatics at the University of Münster, therefore a close R&D cooperation exists until today. The skillset in the company is technical driven by software and hardware engineers with a lot of experience in product design and citizen science. Reedu employees with an educational background perform workshops and create educational content framing the products.