Exoplanets are planets that orbit stars other than our sun. Until now, exoplanet discovery was the exclusive domain of professional scientists. PANOPTES, which combines inexpensive, off-the-shelf components with open source hardware and software to build a geographically dispersed array of small observing telescopes, brings exoplanet science to amateur astronomers and school students.
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Jenny is a Developer Advocate on Firebase at Google. In this role she helps developers build realtime stuff on all sorts of platforms. Previously she worked in a wide variety of software roles from robotics at NASA, to developer advocacy for Google Glass.
She is passionate about education, especially on the subjects of technology and science. If she's away from her laptop, she's probably skating around a roller derby track, or hanging from aerial silk.
Wilfred is a software developer who was tired of making money and decided he wanted to make science instead. Currently pursuing a bachelors degree in Astronomy from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Wilfred also has a certificate in Women's Studies, as well as a minor in Physics and English. His previous bachelors was from the University of Utah in Psychology with a minor in Cognitive Science. Wilfred is also a wanna-be Shakespearean actor and, in his free time, likes to rappel down waterfalls.