The OpenMote team has taken part in organizing and sponsorizing the 2nd edition of the IoT & Smart Cities PhD School. The event is organized by Prof. Gianluigi Ferrari and its team from the WASNLab at the University of Parma and takes place every year during a week in the beatiful town of Lerici. This year several people related to the Internet of Things have been present at the school and presented their research activities, including Prof. Karsten Borman, Prof. Andrea Basso, Dr. Simon Duquennoy, Dr. Màrius Monton, Matthias Kovatsch and many others. We, the team at OpenMote, have participated in two activities.
First, the industrial consortium, where we presented our vision for an open source Internet of Things, both hardware and software, that will foster its development and growth by enabling research, development and learning at various levels; universities and research centers to develop new technologies and to educate new generations of engineers, companies to prototype their solutions and, finally, individuals to develop their personal projects. All of them can count on the OpenMote platform and the open source stacks that are currently available (Contiki, OpenWSN and RiOT) for such purpose.
Second, the hackaton, where the attendees were divided in small groups (8 people) and had to complete an IoT related project in a short ammount of time (4 h). In the hackaton we provided the hardware (OpenMote kits) to develop the projects as well as the assistance to complete them in the required time. Out of three groups that were formed, two used the OpenMote platform for their projects. Using Contiki they were able to create a full 6LoWPAN network where resources (e.g. a temperature sensor) could be read on demand using CoAP. In the next picture you can see the various groups working in their projects while the mentors were providing support.
Overall, we have to say that we are very happy of our participation in the IoT & Smart Cities PhD School. It has been an amazing event from all perspectives and we want to thank the organizers and participants for making it so. Let’s hope that we can see each other again next year for the third edition.
The OpenMote team.