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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
2nd Place (Two Winners)
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!