We are increasingly aware of the invisible and ubiquitous microbial component of our lives – in and on our bodies, or in our environment. But, how do you actually measure that? What if you wanted to find out what microbes are living around you? Currently a scientist must take environmental samples back to a lab and analyze them using DNA sequencing. This process can take days to obtain a result. We are developing a chip-based assay to detect specific DNA sequences -- and therefore specific microbes -- in our environment. During this hackathon we will prototype the IoT connectivity and the hardware that activates the device to take a sample, and that reads the colorimetric result. Imagine someone sneezes in the subway, and you text the DNA detection chip hanging from your backpack to take a sample, and you have results as soon as you get home.