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May 30, 2017

MachineQ Smart Cities Hackathon

Bresslergroup is excited to spread the word about Technical.ly and machineQ’s Smart Cities Hackathon, coming to Philadelphia on June 9th and 10th in conjunction with the 8th LoRa Alliance All Members Meeting, Open House and Market Place.

The Hackathon will be a chance to explore the potential of Comcast’s machineQ, a low-power, wide area network (LPWAN) that uses LoRaWAN technology to connect sensors and devices — and to provide a citywide platform for enterprise Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Bill Ver Steeg, Chief Architect of MachineQ, spoke at Bresslergroup’s Philly Tech Week event about Comcast’s new IoT network last month (pictured below).

The machineQ network is ideal for urban environments because it is wide-reaching and designed for simple transmissions, from notifying a system that a bus is running late to helping a city monitor air quality. (For background on LoRa and other M2M communication technologies, read Todd Zielinski’s blog posts about technology trends at CES 2017 and what’s next in M2M communication.)

Each developer team at the Hackathon will be given access to devices and sensors that pair with software tools in order to create open source solutions for smarter cities using LoRaWAN technology. Each attendee will receive an Arduino-based dev board and a chance at more than $7,500 in cash and prizes. Bresslergroup is proud to be one of the partners for this initiative, alongside Comcast, Actility, Code for Philly, Dent, Clearblade, Semtech, and the Philadelphia Internet of Things Meetup. (Full disclosure: We’re also sending a developer team!) 

Register for the Hackathon, and if you’re looking for inspiration for your project, read Philadelphia: A Smart City in the Making and Smart Cities: The Potential of Big Data Partnerships — and check out the next Philly IoT Meetup discussion on smart cities.