Perch started as a research project at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and has since grown into a company.
We grew up in California and Oregon. We saw first hand the devastation of wildfires, including the many families displaced, torn apart, and lives lost. After the Camp Fire Tragedy in 2018, we decided we wanted to make a difference using our engineering and technology backgrounds. As students at Cal Poly we found like minded faculty mentors and started learning.
In 2019, we were selected for the College of Engineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) and developed a new technique that quickly and efficiently detects wildfires using existing power infrastructures. We continue to learn and develop. We began our company at the start of the summer of 2020 and haven’t looked back since.