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Connected Mailbox Hackster.io Project and AWS IoT Buttons

March 7 @ 6:00 pm

Come Learn About a Connected Mailbox Hackster.io Project and AWS IoT Buttons!

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You can watch the event live if you cannot make it in person!

Part 1)  You’ve-Got-Mail – Awesome hackster.io project!

Wouldn’t it be nice to have your real world mailbox send you a notification every time you receive snail mail?  Mac McAlpinebuilt a smart mailbox with a Particle Photon microcontroller and cloud services from IFTTT (If This Then That) and ThingSpeak API!  His mailbox is solar power and connected to Wi-Fi!

Read about his project on hackster.io: https://www.hackster.io/macsboost/you-ve-got-mail-2e2d8e

Part 2)  Getting Started with AWS IoT Buttons!

Joseph Guerra will show us the power of the AWS IoT Button which makes it easy to build connected solutions from a battery powered button the size of a doorbell.  This simple Wi-Fi device is easy to configure and designed for developers to get started with AWS IoT.  The device can be a trigger for IFTTT (If This Than That) a free cloud service that is used to create chains of simple conditional statements with triggers and actions for things like email, phone, social, todo lists, home appliances, etc.

Check out Joseph’s article for more information:


Bio Mac McAlpine:

Assistant Teaching Professor UNC Charlotte, Motorsports Research.  Former Director of Electronics at Michael Waltrip Racing.

Professor for MEGR3171 instrumentation at UNCC.  Formula SAE mentor.

Check out some example projects on hackster.io from his class:



Bio Joseph Guerra:

Product manager at MapAnything. He is interested in maps, GPS telematics tracking, product development, Alexa skills, and Amazon web services. He is active in Charlotte meetups, hosts the ReactJS Meetup, and spoke at the recent DevOpsDays conference about IoT.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Hackster.iohttps://www.hackster.io, Hackster provides the group with incredible hardware and swag!  They also provide the group with a $200 spending allowance that we usually spend on additional hardware.

Logical Advantagehttp://logicaladvantage.com, is Charlotte’s premier provider for IoT consulting or projects.  Logical Advantage specializes on firmware, message brokers, cloud services, data acquisition and visualization for IoT.  Special thanks to Logical Advantage for paying for dinner and creating and facilitating the Charlotte IoT group.

SnapAVhttp://www.snapav.com/, is an IoT company headquartered in Charlotte NC!  They manufacture and distribute over a thousand products including some really cool home automation connected products!  Special thanks to SnapAV for providing an awesome location for us to meet!

We are meeting at SnapAV Corp Office on 1800 Continental Blvd, Charlotte, NC.
The auditorium is located on the first floor directly to the right of the elevators.


Charlotte Internet of Things


SnapAV Corp Office
1800 Continental Blvd
Charlotte, NC United States
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