Adelaide IoT Hackthon 2016 “Making something that matters”

IoTHackathonAir-Stream Wireless, Fab Lab Adelaide, Hackerspace Adelaide, SA Makers and Smart City Studio launched Adelaide’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon on Friday night 22nd April 2016.

InDaily City Mag writes: “The Internet of Things comes alive in Adelaide”

22nd April 6:30pm,  launching Adelaide’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon.

peopleMore picture of the event on our facebook page – click here.

Competitors were grouped into 3 teams where they spent the day developing their ideas using the #WorldCreateDay #Hackaday theme “Making something the Matters” on the 23rd April 2016.

teams

Team 1: 10cent – Internet of Trash
Make the council bins in the Adelaide City smart in order to encourage recycling, track waste and let the disadvantaged track down valuables.

Team 2: City wide water leakage monitoring
Adelaide city, a city with very limited water resources, has an issue with burst pipes

Team 3: Local area notice screen
Local people are able to post bulletins, for sales, events, whatever is happening in their neighbourhood.  Users access the system using a handheld app choosing to initiate face recognition, bluetooth id or wifi mac and geolocation identification methods.

The winners:  
Team 2: Harry Parkinson, Marcus Berglund, Paul Schulz & Samuel Parsonage for their City-wide water leakage monitoring

Winning_teamFirst Prize:

  1. Each team member received a Raspberry Pi each with the Win10 IoT Core from Microsoft.
  2. The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program offers startups $24K USD of SoftLayer (IaaS) and Bluemix (PaaS) cloud credits over a 12 month period. Not only do you get a 12 month subscription to IBM’s cloud, you also receive mentoring from IBM experts, to help you scale, launch, grow and accelerate your business! IBM helps startups build from the ground up. By offering access to enterprise-grade technology, including a huge depth of services like Watson, IoT, and Mobile and connecting startups to technical and business experts, IBM leads startups through building, launching and scaling new ideas. IBM sets startups up for success by connecting them to business mentors, top-notch technology and a global network of enterprise clients needed to drive growth at any stage.  Take advantage of this great program today! ibm.com/isv/startup

Hackerspace Adelaide team play award
Xiaogang Dong (Norm), was the winner of the Hackerspace Adelaide team play award from Team 1. Chosen for fitting in with a room of strangers, working closely in a team with others and good problem-solving skills to help his team.

normThe Prize
The Hackerspace Adelaide team play award includes a $100, 12month membership of Hackerspace Adelaide and a hand made Hackerspace Adelaide T-Shirt.

Presentations:

The event was streamed live on youtube thanks to:

  • Shawn Zeppel, Systems Engineer at PACT IT & Committee Air-Stream Wireless who produced and coordinated the live stream.
  • Fee Plumley, Technoevangelist at Reallybigroadtrip who conducted some wounderful interviews and hosted our live stream broadcast.

23rd April, Adelaide’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon

Adelaide Makerspace
The aim of this event was to promote the importance of the maker community, and the need to establish an Adelaide Makerspace.

If a small event like this can be organised over a few weeks, where a dozen people in a room can create three very unique ideas for building something that matters, what then could a full-time Makerspace achieved with a city of makers and artists.

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If we truly want an innovative and a creative community that inspires people to pursue further education, the arts, or create new ventures in Adelaide we need to get local people together making new and interesting things. Imagine if there was an Adelaide Makerspace with specialist equipment, tools and space for makers and artists from across Adelaide could go any time of the day or week to create and collaborate with others.

The other people who made this happen:
A very special thanks to the following individuals who helped make this event happen:

  • Alison Kershaw Leadership Facilitator at Together SA & Committee of SA Makers Inc
  • Cathy McGurk, Ecosystem Development Leader at IBM
  • David Byworth, Manager at Fab Lab Adelaide
  • Davyd Norris – Senior IT Architect at IBM
  • Fee Plumley, Technoevangelist at Reallybigroadtrip
  • Harry Lucus, GrapeBrain & Smart City Studio
  • John Ruciak, Digital Strategy at DPTI Communications & SA Makers Inc
  • Liam Ellul, Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Paul Daly, Advisor Entrepreneurship and Innovation at City of Adelaide
  • Robert Hart, Principal at Hardhack & Committee, Hackerspace Adelaide
  • Shawn Zeppel, Systems Engineer at PACT IT & Committee, Air-Stream Wireless
  • Steven Pickles, Chairperson, Hackerspace Adelaide
  • Tamsyn Michael, Trainer at WWF & Hackerspace Adelaide founding member
  • Tony Dalmeyer, Committee, Air-Stream Wireless

The organisations involved:
Many thanks go to the following organisations who have supported this event:

Air-Stream Wireless Inc.  |   Australian Network for Art and Technology
City Of Adelaide  |  Fab Lab Adelaide  | GrapeBrainHakerspace Adelaide Inc.
Hardhack  | IBM  |  Microsoft  |  Reallybigroadtrip
SA Makers Inc.  |  Smart City Studio

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility… or Money

There are three main groups under way today. From “Internet of Paparazzi” to recycling, and municipal water and works we have a great variety of projects. Here are the Smart Studio, a fish bowl of innovation today.

Darryn's Team working around computers

Helping the paparazzi get more / better celebrity photos.  Using IoT for … Evil?  “You can’t have money fights without money.”

 

 

 

 

 

Productive typing from Paul's Team

Helping our councils and community: City Wide Water Monitoring System.

 

 

 

A little bit of hardware hacking in the midst of all this software

Helping community and individuals who are at risk, recycling entrepreneurs.

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#Adelaide #IoT #Hackathon “Make something that matters”

Adelaide IoT Hackathon 2016

The Smart City Studio, Hackerspace Adelaide, Adelaide Makerspace and Air-Stream Wireless  are launching Adelaide’s first Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon.  With the support of our sponsors:

Join Adelaide’s maker, hacker and tinkerer community for the launch on Friday night 22nd April from 6.30pm at the Smart City Studio, 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

InDaily City Mag writes: “The Internet of Things comes alive in Adelaide”

Streamed live by Air-Stream Wireless with our host
Fee Plumley from the reallybigroadtrip

22nd  Launch Night: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56jpP4kzVxo
23rd Main Event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqXsfgDXxm8

We are also running a google hangout and if are running an event in your city, or want to talk IoT contact us and we’ll do a live hookup with you.

On 23rd Saturday – The Main Event

See ideas refined as the hackathon commences on Hackaday World Create Day 2016.

Teams will develop a design concept for “Making something that matters” using a the Raspberry Pi Internet of Things Kit  proudly
sponsored by Microsoft

Prizes will be awarded to the winning team whose design concept best fits the theme: ‘making something that matters’:

  • Citizen Science – Study the effects of a behavior, build an open source instrumentation device.
  • Automation – Build a device that makes breakfast or buys laundry detergent when you’re running low. Automatically track stuff, automate any process, build a Me-robot to do your every whim
  • Assistive technologies – Build a project that helps others move better, see better, or live better. Whether that means exoskeletons, a better wheelchair, a braille display, or educational software, we want to see it.
  • Or any other idea you have to hack for social change! Leverage your talent and find solutions to address technology issues facing humanity today.

With all teams submitting their design concept to the 2016 Hackaday Prize design concept challenge!

Along with other great prizes, the winning team will have access to the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program.  The IBM Global Entrepreneur Program offers startups $24K USD of SoftLayer (IaaS) and Bluemix (PaaS) cloud credits, over a 12 month period. Not only do you get a 12 month subscription to IBM’s cloud, you also receive mentoring from IBM experts, to help you scale, launch, grow and accelerate your business!

IBM helps startups build from the ground up. By offering access to enterprise-grade technology, including a huge depth of services like Watson, IoT, and Mobile and connecting startups to technical and business experts, IBM leads startups through building, launching and scaling new ideas. IBM sets startups up for success by connecting them to business mentors, top-notch technology and a global network of enterprise clients needed to drive growth at any stage.

Take advantage of this great program today! ibm.com/isv/startup

Support

  • Suggestions from the community for ideas that matter if you need them.
  • There will be technical talks and demonstrations to inspire teams on how to use a the Win10 IoT, Raspberry Pi, IBM Apps and other systems.
  • Technical support from for team teams throughout the day.
  • Volunteers to help you enter the
    2016 Hackaday Prize design concept challenge!
  • Great Prizes, gifts and much more…

On 22nd Friday Night
We will coordinate teams to compete. But don’t worry if you haven’t got a team, we’ll also be running a speed-dating round, to help you form a team or match you up with one. We have limited spaces so if you don’t make a team, we are also running Hackerspace Adelaide | Hackaday World Create Day. Your ideas and enthusiasm matter.

Hackaday World Create Day Banner Image

Also on 23rd Saturday | Hackerspace Adelaide | Hackaday World Create Day

The  Hackerspace Adelaide | Hackaday World Create Day is a linked event at 111 Woodville Road Woodville, SA 5011.

Hackaday World Create Day Image

As part of the Hackaday World Create Day 2016 we are inviting the broader community, NGOs and, individuals to brainstorm and submit their ideas that matter.

These can be referenced by teams who are looking for ideas to take-on during the event. The event will be streamed live, online chat and all ideas will be added to an “ideas that matter page” to inspire others.

Internet of things graphic

Just about any technological, scientific, or mechanical device you could imagine would need to be monitored and/or controlled in some way and this is where the Internet of Things (IoT) comes in.

 

Please contact:
Robert Hart robert.hart@hardhack.org.au
Harry Lucas harry.conor.lucas@gmail.com

Join the Facebook Event click hereJoin the Google Event click here

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Smart City Studio

Hackerspace Adelaide is pleased to be supporting the Smart City Studio to help it connect with Makers, Hackers, Tinkerers and other community groups to be involved in the Internet of Things (IoT) innovation initiative in around the city of Adelaide.

smartcity

The Smart City Studio was established in 2015 to grow the amount of Smart City and Internet of Things innovation being carried out in South Australia. The Studio is a facility available to established business, startup companies, community groups and other individuals interested in innovation.

The major role of the Studio is to offer assistance with development of IoT related businesses, to connect innovators with customers and champions, to offer a service where IoT developers can come for support and to increase the number of individuals involved in the field of Smart City development.

If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to reach out to the Studio Manager, Harry Lucas.
h.lucas@adelaide.sa.gov.au

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Hackerspace at Unleashed

Some regular Hackerspace attendees had great success at Unleashed / Govhack this year, being presented with their awards on Sunday.

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Robyn, Kylie and Damien won the “Renew Adelaide Creative Space” award with their Talking Heads project, scoring the space some assistance from Renew Adelaide.  They also scored an honourable mention in the “Best Artistic Use of Open Data” category and won the Space a new Printrbot Simple, courtesy of Bilby CNC and Govhack! Get building everyone, before we have 3 non-functional 3D printers!

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Congratulations to Tamsyn for winning the Spirit of MOD Unleashed, for her assistance at the Machinery Of Data workshops.

Also Tobias, Daniel and Damien got the Coder’s Choice award for their Revive Survive application.

Well done all!

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Software Freedom Day at Hackerspace tomorrow!

Software Freedom Day

Tomorrow is Software Freedom Day, and we will be celebrating at Hackerspace

Come to our Saturday session (1pm – 4pm) for a special Free-Software themed Hacksession.

We will have some presentations, DVDs and USB sticks with free software to try, and plenty of people on hand to help with all manner of free software related things.

Where: Level 9, 80 King William St

When: 1-4pm, Satruday September 21

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Control the Crazyflie quadcopter with an Android phone

Crazyflie controlled with Android

The easiest way to control a Crazyflie nano quadcopter is with a laptop and a PS3 controller (or similar), but tonight we played around trying to control it using the Android client. Took a bit of messing around, so here’s how we got it working.

Instead of installing the full Android SDK (ADT bundle) I tried the Android Studio. Only limitation is that I couldn’t find how to install built apps directly onto my phone, but installing with ADB or ssh was fine. Anyway, here’s what we did to get the client running:

  1. Install Android Studio.
  2. Clone crazyflie-android-client or download the zip archive
    $ hg clone https://bitbucket.org/bitcraze/crazyflie-android-client
  3. Open Android Studio. Click File > Import project.
  4. If you’ve changed the channel that your Crazyflie is flying on, you’ll need to edit it in the file:
    $ src/se/bitcraze/crazyfliecontrol/MainActivity.java
  5. Search for “Set channel 107” and change 107 to your channel number.
  6. Click build.
  7. The .apk to run on your Android phone will be at:
    $ out/production/crazyflie-android-client/crazyflie-android-client.apk
  8. If you have adb tools installed, connect your Android device over usb and run:
    $ adb install out/production/crazyflie-android-client/crazyflie-android-client.apk

Good luck controlling it.. it’s a bit slower to respond than running it on a laptop/bluetooth, but hopefully that’ll change as they update the Android app.

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NASA SpaceApps challenge

On the weekend of the 20th/21st of April Hackerspace Adelaide hosted the local site of the NASA SpaceApps Challenge. The idea of the weekend is to explore the data that NASA collect from their satellites, rovers and probes, and try and use it in a way that makes it easier for us to connect with.

Unsurprisingly, Hackerspace regulars were peppered through three teams that formed from the attendees. After being recently inspired by Mark‘s Project Horus balloon launches, our team (Steven Pickles, Jamie Mackenzie, Steven Clark & Simon Loffler) initially started work on a disposable emergency balloon that could be launched in times of fire, flood, plane crash or natural disaster and return image and position data to aid in search and recovery efforts.

Jamie does some calculations.

Unfortunately, with the help of Jamie’s brain full of geometric equations, we quickly calculated that an affordable solution that delivered useful data in a timely fashion just wasn’t feasible.

A few despondent looks later, it was back to the challenge page for some more inspiration.

Having watched and rather enjoyed the livestream of the Curiosity Mars rover’s descent to the surface of the red planet, I floated the idea of using some of the rover’s temperature data in the Wish You Were Here challenge.

Looking into the actual readings I quite surprised to see that the temperatures ranged from around -70C to 7C. My colour/image oriented brain assumed that a red planet meant a hot planet, how wrong it was! The next question we asked was if there was anywhere on Earth that had a similar climate, and with that Mearth was born.

Pix jumped into action parsing the XML feeds from the rover (in the end we used another group’s JSON feed) and wrote a script to pick the closest matching city on Earth from a list of 500 possible candidates. I bootstrapped a Ruby on Rails app, pushed it to Github (for collaboration) and then onto Heroku (a cloud service for the app).

A few hours and pizza/beer/coffee later, and we had a prototype.

Mearth prototype app

The last requirement of the challenge was to create a video describing our project.

At the end of the day, our group and one of the other Adelaide groups Moon Settler were selected as two of the four from Australia to go into the International round of voting.

As you can probably tell, we had an awesome time at the weekend and can highly recommend participating in it next year.

Special thanks go to the Adelaide organiser Sumen Rai for such a well managed weekend, and also Nicole Bromley for volunteering her time setting up / bringing us coffee and pizza and generally being lovely and smiley.

If you like the sound of this event, perhaps you should sign up to participate in the GovHack weekend coming up – a chance to mash government data into useful visualisations and web apps: uladl.com (don’t ask why it’s called unleashed).

Get your (free) ticket here: govhack2013.eventbrite.com.au

Some more photos from the day:

Bootstrapping Ruby on Rails, and some space water. :-)

Bootstrapping Ruby on Rails, and some space water. :-)

Space beer!

Space beer!

Mearth v.0.1

Mearth v.0.1

Pix drawing some temperature data to the screen.

Pix drawing some temperature data to the screen. The black lines are Earth’s maximum and minimum temperatures, the red lines are Mars’ maximum and minimum temperatures.

Presentation time!

Presentation time!

The Adelaide SpaceApps challenge team.

The Adelaide SpaceApps challenge team.

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Hackerspace at the Adelaide Mini Maker Faire

It was an awesome day!!  The organisers are saying anywhere between two thousand and four thousand people attended.

We won the Best Backyard Science Award

We won the Best Backyard Science Award

Robert Discussing His Cosmic Ray Detector

Robert Discussing His Cosmic Ray Detector

A view of the crowds

Heidi's Twitter Printer

Heidi’s Twitter Printer

Gavin from Sydney Hackerspace Robots And Dinosaurs

Gavin from Sydney Hackerspace Robots And Dinosaurs* riding the Flying Carpet

Under the flying carpet

Under The Flying Carpet

View of the crowds

Mark Jessop from Project Horus

Mark Jessop from Project Horus

Project Horus Balloon

Project Horus* Balloon

Robots And Dinosaurs http://robodino.org/
Project Horus http://projecthorus.org/

Photos courtesy of Damien Presser – more of Damien’s photos can be found here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151868192892575.1073741825.751762574&type=1&l=d37ba64f42

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Linux.Conf.Au & Visit To Make, Hack, Void

linux .conf.au this year was in Canberra and those from Hackerspace who went along had a great time.

linux.conf.au banner on the Manning Clark Centre

The first two days are made up of mini conferences or miniconfs.

Robyn Willison was the chief organiser of the Haecksen miniconf.

Bianca Gibson And Robyn Willison

Bianca Gibson And Robyn Willison

 

Fee Plumley’s great talk at the Haecksen miniconf was on Open Source Cities.

Fee giving her talk at the Haeksen miniconf

Fee Plumley

 

One of the stand out talks for me was Denise Paolucci’s Overcoming Imposter Syndrome.  Denise isn’t a Hackerspace person I just want to highlight her excellent talk.  Her slides are up on Slide Share and you can download the video from the LCA mirror.

Pix gave a talk at the Blue Hackers BOF which unfortunately I wasn’t able to attend because I was at the Interactive Textiles BOF.  If anyone has a photo could they please let me know so that I can include it in this post.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the main conference days.  All the conference videos are available for download so if you didn’t make it this year you can still listen to some great talks.

Saturday Visit To Make, Hack, Void – Canberra Hackerspace

Make, Hack, Void

Eager and attentive hackers listening to talks

Eager and attentive hackers

Mark Jessop giving his talk on safe high altitude ballooning.

Mark Jessop giving his talk on high altitude ballooning.

Andrew Tridgell aka Tridge talking about UAVs.

Andrew Tridgell aka Tridge talking about UAVs.

One of the UAVs

One of the UAVs

Flying a Quadcopter at the local oval

Flying a Quadcopter at the local oval

Launching a UAV at the local oval

Launching a UAV at the local oval.  People took turns flying it.

LED Flower

LED Flower

3d printer inside a perspex box

3d Printer In A Perspex Cover

MHV Workshop

MHV Workshop

Fee Plumley's bus named Home James

Fee Plumley’s Home James of the Really Big Road Trip*

Hacking a night light

Hacking A Night Light

*Really Big Road Trip

Sorry if I’ve left anyone out, or forgotten to mention important stuff.  If anyone has photos they would like included or more info leave a comment and I’ll include it in the post.

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