IoTHackDay.MN 2017 – This Year With Cash Prizes!

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IoTFuse Outlines Activities for IoTHackDay 2017

October 28th Event Brings Together Minnesota’s Best and Brightest Once Again in the Fourth Year of a Fun, Fantastic Making Get-Together

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Oct. 5, 2017  –  IoT Fuse, a registered non-profit located right here in Minnesota, today announced the menu of activities leading up to and taking place at the group’s annual IoTHackDay. The event takes place Saturday, October 28th at Minnetronix headquarters located at 1635 Energy Park Dr., St Paul, Minnesota, from 8AM to 9PM. The deadline to pre-register as a team is Sunday, October 8th at 11:59PM CST. Those not interested in registering their own team may come to the event and join pre-existing teams or register to participate in the “Hello World” team.

Prizes

This year, several categories for cash prizes have been introduced totaling $1750, separated out into different categories, including a Grand Prize ($600), Art Category Prize ($375), Youth Prize ($375) and Crowd Favorite ($375).  In addition to these cash prizes we will have various electronic kit prizes as with previous years.

For those in the community who are interested in contributing to the prize pool, IoT Fuse is selling limited edition, “Supporter Shirts” at different levels, which feature a cool logo and the chance to be recognized in an end-of-the-year thank you note from IoT Fuse.  The sponsorship levels include, “Plutonium,” “Lithium” and “Antimatter.

Sponsors & Agenda

The third annual IoTHackDay is sponsored by IoT Fuse Platinum Sponsors Digi International, Gold Sponsor OSTUSA, as well as a number of other sponsors who contributed at the Silver Level and above during our 2017 Annual IoT Fuse Conference, as well as individual members of the IoT Fuse community, Hennepin County, Full Stack St. Paul, and Tech.MN. IoTHackDay is a fun, free day that brings together teams, novel ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit to imagine and build cool new devices and software to solve everyday problems. Open to everyone, teams form, submit their ideas ahead of the event, and hack (construct their project) for 12 hours.

This year, there are two paid sessions which have been added to IoTHackDay to grow and improve the, learning environment aspect of the overall event.  You must pre-register for the following two activities:

  • From Blink to IoT – (9:00AM-1:00PM) A new paid hands-on workshop teaching attendees to create connected products from scratch (you get to keep the kit).
  • LED Costumes – (10:00AM-4:00PM)Now in its 4th year, Kids and their parents/caretakers learn how to make LED-based costumes controlled by micro-controllers ($20, with $10 back upon attendance, and you get to keep the kit)

To submit project ideas or to form a team for the hackathon itself, visit IoTHackDay.MN. After descriptions of projects have been posted, they will appear on the IoTHackDay Gallery of Submissions.

Minnesota’s best and brightest IoT coders, developers and engineers will be on hand to help with designs as part of an “expert’s table” to help attendees on how to build and scale their projects. Recent examples of successful ideas that have been accelerated through IoTHackDay include HabitAware, a smart bracelet which helps people overcome compulsive behaviors and Termi, an intelligent connected device that helps protect grain stores from being ruined by pest infestations.

Pre-event Activities

Leading up to the event, organizers will offer opportunities for those to select teams and become more familiar with the process.

  • Hardware Swap & Pre-Hackathon Mixer: Taking place Friday, October 13th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. CST., this offers the opportunity to meet people planning on participating in the hackathon, including team leads. The mixer is located at the North End of the Vandalia Tower Building located at 550 Vandalia Street, Saint Paul, Minnesota.

For More Info:

Follow updates on IoTHackDay on Twitter at @iothackday, join IoTFuse on Meetup at Meetup.com/iotfuse, sign up for our mailing list at iotfuse.com and follow IoTFuse on Twitter @iotfuse.

The cutoff for team leader registrations is Friday, October 7 with cutoff for general registration the night prior to the event on October 27th at 5 p.m.

About IoTFuse

Established in 2014, @IoTFuse, a non-profit organization, unites accomplished doers, makers and hackers with the brightest executives, investors, entrepreneurs and innovators focused on the Internet of Things space. The organization, based in Minneapolis, MN, holds an annual national conference, local hackathons, meetups and more. It values the spirit of IoT innovation, and how it can be used to improve the physical world and daily life.

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