a Time to shine
1. Vibrant City: People don’t always know what’s on or where to go to make best use of the city - How can IoT help people assess the mood and pulse of the city to help them make decisions about what to do and where to go?
2. LuminoCity: Parts of the city are poorly lit, considered risky and are therefore underutilised, with a corresponding impact on night time economy and cultural life. How can IoT activations help bring more people into the city at night to help make it safer?
3. Circular City: The amounts of energy and effort that go into production are wasted in a throw away society. How can IoT help the war on waste and improve re-use of resources, or deliver greater efficiencies in their use?
4. Open Challenge: Our catch-all for other ideas and personal passion projects.
One team integrated the parallel #reclaimthenight activities to draw inspiration and make urban wayfinding easy, personal and ambient; another explored how to heatmap growing crowds where smaller festivals and events might be occurring; a small, diverse and deeply talented team grappled with safety dimensions of rock fishing.
The ripples of engagement spread well beyond the room as teams set out to validate their ideas, spurred on by our onsite mentors to test assumptions, prove the demand and assess the adequacy of existing problem|solution patterns.
First prize: Team Luna, with their ambient, personalised lighting solution, targeting private facilities, campuses and events;
Second Prize:NewyIoT, with a new gateway product perfect for community engagement and exploration of IoT as a grassroots product, creating edge to edge coverage across our cityscape;
Third prize: PeepScape, with their heat map for showcasing where crowds are gathering and exploring, delivering insight for urban place engagement and activation-as-a-service.
UrbanIoT Hackathon was an opportunity to connect with local thought leaders across a wide range of technologies and services. The event was the perfect mix of startup culture and fostered the ingrediants for meaningful innovation. I'll be back, for sure.
It's tough to get a handle on what new technologies might mean, or how you might network with people who can teach you things, or where to go to get to play with these technologies. This kind of event is essential to force yourself to upskill a little, to focus directly on applications rather than just talk, and to just to get you to jump in to explore what is possible in this space. It's a lot of fun and terrific to be part of an event where everyone is working towards shared goals - it's definitely competitive but you're working with other people who also care about what might evolve in this space.
IoT was a great topic to explore for me to learn more about the opportunities that it presents cities. Loved the diversity in the team gals/guys/techs/creatives. If you're seeking rapid immersion in an industry area/challenge, while practicing the art of letting go - to see what emerges (getting creative)- then get yourself along to a Hackathon! Great way to futureproof your skills!