Intel® IoT Roadshow – Toronto

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Last weekend, the Intel® IoT Roadshow made its stop in Toronto, Canada, and it did not disappoint. The Toronto makers were focused and hard at work from the get-go.

DAY 1 – Saturday, November 21st

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Makers lined up bright and early for what promised to be an engaging look into Intel’s latest hardware, the Intel® Edison. They would get the chance to use the board to bring an idea to life.

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Those that came to the event got to team up and use the Edison board. Each maker there will be receiving Dev Kits to use for future tinkering.

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Kickoff of the event led into presentation of the Edison board and setup of the board. Intel’s Stewart Christie was there to fill in makers on the IoT potential of the hardware.

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To learn the setup of the board, Edisons were passed out to groups so the makers could finally get a crack at the board. When working on the boards, makers were eager to see the blinking green light – a sign from the board that the setup is complete.

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After board setup, our bravest souls in the room that had a project idea went on stage for idea pitches. Idea generators had 60 seconds to announce their plans and woo talented makers onto their team.

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Next, there were some breakout sessions for makers to learn how to program on the boards. Oliver Rodriguez (left) from the IBM Bluemix team showed the group how to connect the Edison to the cloud. Throughout the Roadshow, the tech experts there for the event were extremely accessible to any and all who needed help.

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After the presentations, the coding began. Just like that, the makers locked in to begin forming their projects. Most worked long into the night. We finally called it quits at midnight. The makers would go home and be back for more IoT hacking tomorrow.

DAY 2 – Sunday, November 22nd

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By the end of day 1, the projects really started to take shape. The morning and afternoon of Day 2 was saved for the last five hours of coding. At 2PM, time was up on coding. The makers had time to take a quick breather before demo time.

Demos

There were many inventive and well-executed projects demo’d this weekend. The judges were tasked with picking out the winners from such a competitive crop.

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Our judges (seated front row, from left to right): Doug Cooper, Matt Sheridan, Rob Kenedi and Helen Kontozopoulos.

We were excited to have four top tech leaders to choose our winners of the event. Their intensity was matched only by the makers who had worked hard on their projects all weekend.

The judges:

  • Rob Kenedi, Entrepreneur in Residence at The Working Group
  • Helen Kontozopoulos, Director/Co-founder of University of Toronto DCS Innovation Lab
  • Matt Sheridan, Founder/CEO of NixSensor Ltd.
  • Doug Cooper, Co-Founder/Co-CEO of Splintir Media

Our Roadshow Hackathon Winners

Here are the winners of the Intel® IoT Roadshow:

3rd Place (Three Teams)

BeCon

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A wearable that is able to discern non-exercise based raises in stress level. The device then sends a tweet when the wearer is feeling stressed; those who see the tweet can then send a ‘hug’ to the wearer – a vibration and notification to the wearer’s device.

Jerry

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A children’s toy that can be customized through web-application programming. Parents without coding knowledge can make a game for their children to play; then when the child get older, he/she can learn to make their own games with Jerry.

 

Plantbot

The app that allows you to monitor you plant ecosystem. With built in sensors measuring your plants, the system will water itself when needed and send statistics like air quality and temperature to your mobile app.

The app that allows you to monitor your plant ecosystem. With built-in sensors measuring your plants, the system will water your plants when needed and send statistics like air quality and temperature to your mobile app.

 

2nd Place (Two Winners)

Airsense

device that will alert the user when levels of dust/particulates or gasses are at an unsafe level. Alerts will be in the form of a buzzer, led illumination, and a tweet alert to a mobile device

Device that alerts the user when levels of dust, particulates or gasses are at an unsafe level. Alerts will be in the form of a buzzer, LED illumination, and a tweet alert to a mobile device.

Scarecrow

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Home security system centered around a touch-ID based iOS app and the Edison board. Connects to various devices throughout the home and will flash lights and play sound to deter intruders.

1st Place

ediSafeCare

Inspired by team member Wes' family member with Alzheimers, team ediSafeCare built a monitoring device using two Edisons to help monitor those with health conditions. One edison uses a webcam connected to the internet to deliver a feed to the front end , the other is wearable and uses sensors and gps to send the data to the cloud were our server can access it to display on the front end. The major things we track are her location with gps (she can wander), her temperature, her UV exposure, and if she falls. We also added SMS notifcations so that if any of the sensors detect danger they can alert me or my mom (caregivers). The backend also allows for an emergency button, and can help track her medication.

Inspired by team member Wes’ family member with Alzheimers, team ediSafeCare built a device using two Edison boards to help monitor those with health conditions. One Edison uses a webcam that feeds to caregivers. The other board c0nnects to a wearable that can send data to the cloud such as location,

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temperature, UV exposure, and shock from a possible fall. The device always sends SMS notifications for to caregivers in potential danger situations.

 

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We thank all of you for being a part of the Toronto stop in the Roadshow. We hope everyone enjoyed the weekend – I know we did!

 

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