First IoT Hackathon in Trento
Following the successful first Italian Internet of Things Day held on the 9th of April 2013 (links) CREATE-NET is co-organising an IoT Hackathon as part of Hack Reality 2 (watch video presentation here), a thematic event taking place between Milan and Trento on the 25th of May 2013.
Hack Reality, promoted by WhyMCA, is aimed at bringing not only makers, hackers, software developers, but also designers and IT fans together for linking smart devices with all surrounding connected objects. Thanks to increasingly numbers of deployed sensors and actuators, there is a lot of information being generated and collected and every associated “thing” is becoming a source and at the same time a consumer of information. We are immersed in a continuously increasing flow of data and information that leads to the generation of new applications and services! Our world has never been so much connected!
Hack Reality event this year is more special since for the first time it will be simultaneously run across two different locations (Milano and Trento), utilising the power of the Internet of Things. You are invited to play with sensors, devices and develop applications in Trento that will receive information and/or control devices in Milano!
We provide you with:
- the hardware: Flyport (see http://www.openpicus.com/) WiFi embedded development platforms for making devices communicate over the Internet, Plug-n-play Grove sensors, Plug-n-play Grove actuators, cables, power, etc.
- the software: an IDE and libraries for developing your embedded code and a Cloud-back end for visualizing your sensor data and controlling devices remotely
- support for using and programming the hardware (see http://wiki.openpicus.com/index.php?title=Main_Page)
- the Internet
- and food for your brain (and body)
You bring your creativity and your imagination! (you will need your laptop too) Bring any friends too (human or hardware ones)!
Prizes will be given to the teams with the best project implementations!
Participate and get the chance of winning fantastic prizes (Amazon gift vouchers 750 €, 500 € and 326 € available for the lucky members of the first three winning teams)
IoT Hackathon – Frequently Asked Questions
I have to pay to attend the event?
No, the event is free. And we will also offer lunch and refreshments, including an aperitivo to end the day as a reward for the hard work done!
How will the hackathon be run?
In the morning at the very beginning you will be briefly introduced the available hardware and associated SDK APIs. At that point you decide what to do. The only rules relate to having to comply with the constraints of the prize category you will be running for.
You will not need to create something running perfectly, it will have to be just a prototype. We will evaluate the concept, the technologies used, the design, but above all the idea, the creativity and the innovation potential.
I'm not a developer or a designer, can I come too?
Not only developers and designers have good ideas! In the melting pot of a hackathon you will find other participants who can help either technically or with their creativity. It is up to you to make up / become part of a team that includes the largest variety of skills. After all this is part of the game!
What about if I do not have my team to participate?
No problem. You can either participate as an individual or compose teams with all the other people that you will meet at the hackathon. Alternatively you can join a team already formed.
I'm not a competitive type by nature, is there value for my participation?
Of course! The hackathon principle is based on spending time to have fun, while discussing and exploring advanced technologies available today. The competitive aspect adds a little spice to the recipe, but it is not the main ingredient.
I've always wanted to learn more about IoT and the hardware technologies behind, but I never had time...
What better opportunity to do so during the event? There will be mini workshops that will introduce you to these technologies, step by step. If you do not want to play directly with IoT hardware development, you can always deal with the mobile interface or webservices which these connected objects will have to interact with.
I already have some hardware that could be useful in the context of an IoT Hackathon, can I bring it?
Of course! The technologies that we provide are a starting point, but they are not the only ones you can use on the day. If you have any device that might be indeed useful, do not hesitate to bring it with you and use it, especially if you want to be sure to have a solution built on a particular technology.
Still have questions? Feel free to contact the organisers of the event at iot-events[at]create-net-ml.org
Check this link and make sure you read through the 'Things to keep in mind', 'Things you need to bring' and 'Hardware and Software' sections! This linked website will be continuously updated with more information, so please check it regularly!