Queen City IoT Day Recap

Posted on: Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

June 7th, 2016 was Queen City IoT Day, an event for individuals excited about IoT and the influx of connected devices. It was a great opportunity for these individuals to gain hands-on experience with IoT technology, and there were workshops, presentations, and opportunities for Charlotte IoT members to share their own projects and technology.

It’s safe to say that Logical Advantage’s Atmel mobile showroom was a huge success. This “tech on tour truck” featured a Wi-Fi IoT workshop with the SAMW25 Xplained Pro board, which is well-suited for enterprise IoT applications. Atmel ordinarily charges $99 per person for this type of training, but for our event, the first 30 to register were able to enjoy a tour of the Atmel truck for free!

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Charles Lord taught two Lua classes, one of which was streamed to over 1,000 additional people across the Internet through the Design News Continuing Education Center. Charles is chair of the IEEE NC Council and an embedded systems consultant and trainer with over 30 years of experience. These were the first two parts of a five-part class series, and members were able to complete their Lua training online after the event. In fact, his second class was streamed live to allow more IoT enthusiasts to join in on the conversation.

The event also featured keynote speaker Rick Terrell and Rob Skoon, who presented a hands-on workshop on Photon to Azure Weather. Terrell has over 30 years of experience in computing technology and consumer electronics engineering; he currently consults on computing projects, spanning anything ‘from silicon to cloud.’ Skoon is Charlotte IoT’s very own hands-on lab coordinator, and you might recognize him from the many other popular workshops he’s led for our group.

Later in the day, Dan Thyer, CTO and Co-Founder of Logical Advantage, presented a 30 minute discussion on the latest and greatest in the Charlotte IoT community.

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The event ended with a session called Hacking Amazon Alexa (Echo), with Echoes supplied by our good friends at Hackster.io. We reviewed the API, taught our Echoes some new skills and even demoed a few hacks.

Over 100 people attended, from novices to hobbyists to experts, and there was even an IoT workshop on the showroom!

For more opportunities to get involved in Charlotte IoT, be sure to join our Meetup group, Also, on August 2nd, we will be hosting an RIoT meeting. Stay tuned for more details. As many of you know, Charlotte IoT is a chapter of RIoT, and we will be meeting on June 30th to discuss our upcoming meeting, as well as overall messaging.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to and participated in Queen City IoT Day; we look forward to seeing you at the next event!

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