A Gathering of Makers and Ideas: #IoTHack Day

October 30, 2015 - Corey Brown, Designer

On Saturday, October 17, 2015, Minnetronix hosted the second annual Minnesota #IoTHack Day. Makers, tinkerers and seasoned engineers gathered together to dream, think, solve and build. About 150 participants, visitors, kids, and volunteers showed up throughout the day.

What is the #IoTHack Day?

“IoT is short for Internet of Things.
The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity, and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems. 

#IoTHack Day is a fun, FREE day that brings together teams, novel ideas, and an entrepreneurial spirit to dream up and build cool new devices to solve every day problems.” -Justin Grammens, Arduino.MN

The teams came together to learn from each other and to leverage the collective skills of the group to bring their ideas to life. Some teams came with aspirations of making their idea into a commercial product, while others were there just to build something fun and interesting.

At the end of a long 12-hour day, the teams wrapped up their build, and the room was opened to the public. Each team gave a short presentation about its creation. Then, friends and strangers alike voted for the best creation.

The winners of the day were:

  1. Sound Scout (MNTX employee Tony Nault was part of this team)
  2. (tie) Go Go Gadget
  3. (tie) Smart Pill Box
  4. Jukebox Backpack (Former MNTX employee Leon Durivage was part of this team)

Minnetronix has played host to the monthly meetings of Arduino.MN, a group of hardware and maker enthusiasts. This connection led to the use of the Minnetronix facility for the #IoTHack Day. Hosting the event was an opportunity for Minnetronix to support our community and those who have a passion for technology and entrepreneurship by providing a place and time to showcase their ideas.

Check out our friends at Arduino MN at https://arduino.mn/ and watch their site for postings on next year’s competition.