Blossoming hacker wins an international competition with her Arduino-controlled device.

FLORAbrella is the ultimate rainy-day accessory, not only does it quite literally brighten up an overcast day, it can also be adapted to the clothes you’re wearing. Designed by Leslie Birch, it recently won first place in an international wearable technology competition held by engineering community Element14 and manufacturer Adafruit.

The project, which takes it’s name from the Arduino controller FLORA, took Birch an impressive two-and-a-half months to complete the project, especially considering the fact she is a newcomer to the tech scene. A videographer by trade, she first learned about Arduino microcontrollers through The Hacktory, and made her first foray into hackathons at the female-focused Lady Hacks last March.

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