Charlotte IoT at 500 Members and Rising!

Posted on: Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Founded in fall of 2014, we are excited to announce that Charlotte IoT has officially reached (and surpassed) 500 members. (Technically, it was 538 the last time we checked, but who’s counting?)

Hosted on Meet-Up, Charlotte IoT is a group for enthusiasts who are excited about connecting disparate devices to one another, including wireless communication and the Internet. Members range from novices to hobbyists to makers to experts to wizards to the simply inquisitive—everyone is welcome!

Our very first Charlotte IoT event, “Show and Tell!”, was hosted on November 4th, 2014, when we invited members to bring anything cool to talk about, from micro-controllers to thoughts on services and anything else. Since then, we have hosted 16 Meet-Ups, and the group has only continued to grow in size and attendance. Last year, we had three very successful hands-on labs where the leaders of the group produced content for the lab, and this February, we will be hosting a lab on Windows 10 IoT Core and Azure services for IoT.

Our group has received swag from Particle.io, as well as local companies like Snap AV and Logical Advantage (yours truly), which made for a total of 30 micro-controllers and many sensors and t-shirts. In fact, Microsoft just recently donated nearly $4k worth of swag for our February Hack-a-Thon, as well as for a Logical Advantage Lunch and Learn.

Some of the swag that Microsoft donated for the February Hack-a-Thon.

Some of the swag that Microsoft donated for the February Hack-a-Thon.

We are also affiliated with the NC Regional Internet of Things group that is headquartered in Raleigh. The RIoT group has over 1200 members and is also on Meetup. The success of the Charlotte IoT group is all thanks to its leaders, two of which joined the board this year.

  • Mike Lisanke recently joined and travels from Raleigh to all of our meetings. He is our resident Swag Coordinator and helps out with media.
  • Rob Scoon also recently joined and is our Hands-On Lab Coordinator, as well as our Interim Media Coordinator.
  • Graham Hardy is in charge of Facilities, Connectivity, and Good.
  • And, last but not least, Dan Thyer is the proud Founder and President of the Charlotte IoT group.

Although all of our events have welcomed dozens of people, here were our five most popular Charlotte IoT events from the last 2+ years:

What: Internet of Things (IoT) Design Patterns and the Spark Core

When: Feb 3, 2015 @ 6 PM

Dan Thyer, the President of Charlotte IoT, dove into design patterns of IoT and the Spark Core micro-controller. We discussed the varying types of microcontrollers used and the strengths and weaknesses of each, as well as design patterns of IoT. (This is also where he featured his 20-foot Christmas tree!)

 

What: Learn to Build Cool IoT Products and Services with Bluetooth Beacons

When: Apr 7, 2015 @ 6 PM

At this event, Raymond Fosdick talked about Bluetooth beacons, which are low-powered, low-cost transmitters that can notify nearby devices of their presence.

 

What: Raspberry Pi Hack Night

When: May 5, 2015 @ 6 PM

Mike Linnen led this group in an introductory lab using the Raspberry Pi and an MQTT broker. This was an amazing opportunity for many to learn how to build something cool with the Raspberry Pi and to learn the broker design pattern for IoT.

 

What: Conquer Big Data Challenges in Streaming, Security and Data Flow in IoT!

When: Nov 10, 2015 @ 6 PM

At this event, David Callaghan presented the Big Data Challenges in IoT:

  1. Bi-directional and point-to-point in addition to unidirectional streaming
  2. Security, privacy and data protection at the “jagged edge”
  3. Managing provenance in regulated environments

Callaghan also discussed sensible approaches and how larger regulated industries consider these to be table stakes.

 

What: Learn About Sensors For IoT

When: Dec 1, 2015 @ 6 PM

This IoT Sensor night featured Tom Bocchino as a guest speaker from STMicroelectronics, and we talked about all of the sensor technologies driving the Internet of Things.

 

Picture from an earlier Charlotte IoT lab where members learned to read a temperature and publish to the cloud.

Picture from an earlier Charlotte IoT lab where members learned to read a temperature and publish to the cloud.

 

If you haven’t checked out Charlotte IoT yet and are intrigued by these past events, be sure to check us out on Meet-Up. We hope to see you at the next event! And follow us on Twitter at @LogicalAdv to keep up with the latest events and industry news.

 

 

 

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