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The Open IoT Challenge has officially started!

The Open IoT Challenge has received an incredible amount of interest so far, and it is 45 projects in total who entered the challenge! They now have about a month to work on their solution and demonstrate why they deserve to win.

We expect all the challengers to document the evolution of their projects and it will be interesting to see the variety of technologies and open-source projects being used.
You can follow what is happening thanks to the Tumblr that we created for the occasion: http://openiotchallenge.tumblr.com.

open iot challenge tumblr

Finally, last week, we have selected 10 projects that have been awarded with a $150 gift card to help buy hardware parts for their solution. Here are the names of the lucky winners:

  • Davide De Cesaris
  • Ravi Butani
  • Franz Schnyder
  • Lotte Steenbrink
  • Tobiasz Dworak
  • Abhishek
  • Emir Ercan Ayar
  • Sergey Vasiliev
  • Markus Fischer
  • Arne Jenssen

Announcing the Open IoT challenge

2014 is almost over, and one of the first big events for Eclipse IoT next year will be EclipseCon 2015, March 9-12 in Burlingame, California.
If you haven’t seen the EclipseCon program already, I highly encourage you to check out all the great sessions that we have selected as part of the IoT Theme Day, and of course the rest of the program which has just been announced. This year, EclipseCon is colocated with FOSS4G North America, the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software.

In order to encourage everyone to start making Internet of Things a reality, we are launching a programming contest that fosters the creation of IoT projects based on top of open-source technologies, and that we hope will keep everyone busy during the few months separating us from EclipseCon. You can get familiar with the conditions to participate at http://iot.eclipse.org/open-iot-challenge.

Here are a few ideas of projects or technologies that I would really like to see used by the participants:

  • Geolocation technologies like the ones available as part of the LocationTech initiative. How about, for example, using GeoMesa to store spatio-temporal data points corresponding to the air quality measured by environmental sensors?
  • A project combining low-cost/low-power IoT microcontrollers powered by an embedded OS like Contiki or RIOT, and a more powerful IoT gateway (running for example Kura) in charge of the heavy lifting of the sensor data before it’s sent to the cloud.
  • IoT is merely a buzzword (sorry, I hope you already knew! :smile:) for “connecting more devices to the internet”. Those devices’ core value is their data, and there are many opportunities for your projects to leverage time-series databases or stream processing technologies to actually make sense out of the amount of data generated by the IoT.

To enter the challenge, you simply have to apply via this online form before January 17, 2015 and tell us what you plan to build. Don’t wait!

Moving on!

I very well remember my first day at Sierra Wireless, when it was still a different company named Anyware Technologies.

Logo Anyware Technologies

That day I wrote my very first Eclipse plug-in to customize the Console view, and I was almost immediately and genuinely amazed by the versatility of the Eclipse platform.

Later on, I had the chance to work on many projects involving a great deal of Eclipse technologies (eRCP, EMF, Xtext, …), and to work on very different kinds of projects: developing an Eclipse workbench for scientists, a mobile app for doctors and nurses, or training dozens of people to Eclipse RCP and Modeling technologies, etc.


When Sierra Wireless started to get really serious about Machine-to-Machine we soon realized that the Eclipse Foundation would be the perfect place to start establishing an open consortium around the core technologies that are needed for building M2M solutions.
I drafted a charter for an M2M Industry Working Group, and in November 2011 the Working Group was officially created with Sierra Wireless, IBM and Eurotech as founding partners.

Two years and a half later, we have gone from 3 to 13 Eclipse projects, from 3 to 9 members of the Working Group, and the community is thriving.

Today, after more than 7 years working at Sierra Wireless, it is time for me to move on.

Eclipse logo

I am joining the Eclipse Foundation next week, to continue growing the already great community of Internet of Things projects and playing the role of technology evangelist I’ve been having for the last couple years.

Eclipse IoT demo at FOSDEM

During the weekend of February 1st, I had the opportunity to attend FOSDEM in Brussels.

It was only my second year but it’s definitely one of the events I enjoy attending the most: the crowd is very diverse and very curious, there are tons of talks that you can attend (if you can get a seat in the room – most of them are simply overcrowded), and the Belgian food is yummy!

I spent most of the weekend on the Eclipse Foundation booth where together with Mike and Julien, we were showing Eclipse IoT technologies live.

Greenhouse demo at FOSDEM
Photo credit: Julien Vermillard (@vrmvrm)

We’ve been asked several times what were the details of the setup and where one could find the source code, so here they are, with links to Github repos and gists:

  • A bunch of sensors attached to an Arduino, with a very basic sketch dumping sensor data to the serial port,
  • A BeagleBone Black running  Eclipse Orion and a very simple NodeJS app that uses MQTT.js for communicating with the Mosquitto broker that is hosted on iot.eclipse.org,
  • And last but not least, an Android Nexus 10 tablet that runs an augmented-reality app for displaying real sensor values in a pretty cool way 😉

Check out this cool 3-min video by 101blog (thanks again for the impromptu interview!) of the aforementioned setup in action.

Top 5 reasons to attend EclipseCon France

EclipseCon France 2013

I believe this first edition of EclipseCon France will be amazing, and here are the top 5 reasons why I am sure you will share my opinion:

1 The program is fresh and nice — While it was really hard to decline so many great talk proposals, the bright side of the coin is that we have an excellent program, with lots of new topics covered especially in the industry and embedded domains.

2 Workshops are your chance to learn about new stuff with hands-on sessions — If you want to learn how to master Git, Tycho, or create your first Android application in less than 2 hours, then you’re going to love the workshops we have cooked up for you!

3 The food is amazing — You all know about French cuisine, right? Guess what, South West France cuisine is even better: amazing duck specialties (cassoulet, foie gras, …), good wine, good cheese.

4 The location is perfect — Not only is Toulouse a beautiful city, but it is perfectly well located should you want to have a long nice weekend of tourism right after the conference. The Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea are just a few hours away and Spain is also very close, too!

5 It is very reasonably priced — The registration fee is only 250EUR (200EUR for alumni, committers and members) which I think is a good deal given how much you will learn during the 2 days of the conference!

Don’t wait any longer, and register now!

EclipseCon France 2013

Only one month left to submit your talk for EclipseCon France!

EclipseCon France 2013

EclipseCon NA is just around the corner and I know many of you speakers are busy as bees polishing your presentation ; and even if you don’t speak, you are probably already starting to prepare your schedule and make the final travel arrangements.

BUT! The submission deadline for EclipseCon France is fast approaching, and you don’t want to miss the opportunity of speaking in beautiful Toulouse at the beginning of June!

While we are of course open to all the cool ideas you may have and that you think would be interesting for a crowd of open-source and Eclipse aficionados, we are especially looking for submissions on the following themes:

  • Eclipse in the Industry – We all know that Eclipse is a great platform for building industry solutions. Whether you are doing modeling, OSGi, embedded, … I am sure you have feedback to share about deploying Eclipse, and open-source technologies in the context of automotive, aerospace, …
  • Community and business models – The European ecosystem is flourishing of individuals and companies who use open-source on a daily basis to build real-life applications. Come and share your experience in establishing business models for open-source based software, and creating a sound community of adopters and contributors to your technology.
  • Mobile and Web Development – With the (not-so) recent Javascript renaissance, and the always growing ecosystem of web and mobile frameworks, we thought it would be worth a dedicated track. Therefore, we are really looking forward to hearing what you have to share when it comes to using Eclipse in this context.

We are trying a new format for tutorials this year. We want them to be advanced sessions, where participants who already know about a given technology can learn more advanced techniques, with specific usecases in mind.
Workshops are 2-hours long, so you really want to work on making a sharp proposal that will convince the Programm Committee your talk will be giving the most to its participants! 🙂

So don’t wait any longer, and submit a talk –or several!– NOW!

Complete EclipseCon 2013 M2M tutorial and take home some Open Hardware!

EclipseCon is in about a month, and we are so excited about what’s cooking for M2M this year!
Today, we contributed Mihini source code, after an initial review that took longer than what we initally planned, and EclipseCon in Boston will be the first opportunity for you to get a real deep dive into the Eclipse Koneki and Mihini projects.

Over the last few months, we have been working on putting together a nice setup showcasing the software components we are developing for doing M2M at Eclipse, and if you join our tutorial, you will have a chance to recreate something very similar by yourself (minus the actual greenhouse…)!

What is even cooler, is that you’ll get to leave the session with the very same hardware you’ll have hacked with during three hours! That is:

  • a fully functional Raspberry Pi, with its SD card and a Wi-Fi dongle,
  • an Arduino Uno, with different kind of sensors (light sensor, push buttons, potentiometers) and actuators (LEDs, ), …

Raspberry PiArduino kit

Why is it cool?

Well, first, you willl leave the tutorial with a fully functional code allowing you to interact with physical sensors, making their values available on the Internet for you to just use it.
Then, all this hardware you’ll get, is highly repurposable. The Raspberry Pi, for example, is a pretty powerful Linux board that can act as a media-center, a VoIP server, a web server, etc. The Arduino is a prototyping platform that can be extended in many ways, and the kit you’ll have can be the initial seed for your next DIY project!

What do I have to do?

If you are already registered for EclipseCon, you will soon receive an e-mail for changing your reservation and paying the extra amount of money for getting the hardware. If you are not, then make sure to indicate whether or not you want to pay for the hardware when you register to the conference and tutorial. Please make sure to place your order before March 13!
Note that buying a kit is absolutely not a prerequisite, and we will lend you one for the duration of the tutorial if you didn’t want or didn’t have time to order one for yourself.

Finally, if you are already in Boston on Sunday, 24th, we will welcome you at the Code Sprint session if you feel like you want to hack with us and have a sneak peek at the tutorial!

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