Pycom’s #GOINVENT World Series

Written by Mike Benson

October 15, 2019

Are you interested in learning about MicroPython for embedded development? Do you love the ever-expanding world of LPWAN for IoT?

Well, Pycom is coming to Australia to answer your IoT questions. As part of their #GOINVENT World Series (sponsewred by Espressif, Mouser, Semtech, Sequans, Sigfox, Vodafone), they’re hosting a couple of their popular 1-day IoT Workshops – one in Melbourne and one in Brisbane on 21st and 24th October respectively.

If you don’t know Pycom, here’s a little summary: they’re entirely focused on getting developers the tools they need to get their IoT products up and running. They’re here to help you with that project that you’ve always wanted to get done but not known how to get started. 

The workshops revolve around getting participants from ‘Idea to connected IoT product’ in a day. The focus is on using LPWAN networks such as LoRa and Sigfox, as well as cellular CAT-M1/NB1. Each workshop kicks off at 09:00 and rolls until approximately 18:00, so its a day jam-packed with insights and learning.

To top it all off, all Pycom’s IoT is MicroPython programmable. The world of IoT loves this coding language and after one of the Pycom workshops, you probably will too.

Included in the ticket prices is a AUD $147 Pycom FiPy-kit, which you can take home to continue your development and consists of:

  • 1 x FiPy
  • 1 x Expansion board
  • 1 x LTE-M Antenna
  • 1 x LoRaWAN/SigFox Antenna
  • 1 x PyCase

LOCATION AND DATES
 

Location Venue Date
Melbourne YBF Ventures 21-Oct
Brisbane River City Labs 24-Oct

TYPICAL HACKATHON EVENT AGENDA

09:00 Welcome – coffee, informal

Grab a drink and meet our team.

09:45 From Idea to product (onboarding and partners)

How do you get your idea into a factory and rolling out on the other side as a finished product. Pycom will share experiences gained from working on its own portfolio and on customer projects. It can be done and done very well, with the right advice and partners.

10:10 Setting up your Hardware

Walking through setting the FiPy kit up that you will get to take home with you and making sure it’s ready to go for the networks you want to use. It’s a walk in the park for most embedded network savvy developers but does require a bit of knowledge so we’ll help everyone get up and running correctly.

10:45 Connecting to the Network ((WiFi, LoRa, Sigfox and/or Cellular)

“Hello World”. The excitement normally rises at this point where you’ll start your connected journey with the networks of your choice (and yes, it doesn’t have to be as simple as WiFi). All accessible networks are fair game at this point. If we have a cellular partner for the event you’ll be provided with a SIM card to use the cellular NB-IoT / Cat-M1 networks.

11:45 Coffee Break

12:00 Click to Connect – Device Configuration and Management (Pybytes, AWS, Google … Azure or other)

Pybytes is easy to get on with and this is where we’ll start. Some of you may then also want to venture into more advanced territories of connecting to one of our Cloud platform partners. We’ll help you along with that too.

12:20 Optimising your application for low data

A quick look at what ‘good data practice’ is. There are restrictions around data and how much of it you can send/receive on any given network. We’ll chat through this and give you tips and tricks to be off to a good ‘compliant’ start.

13:00 Lunch

13:50 Project set up and free hacking & Assisted Hacking

This is where the Pycom team and our very capable ambassadors will be on hand to help with anything you need. Tap into our subject matter expertise and come away with the information that’s important to you and your particular project.

16:00 Break out wizzes – Subject Matter Experts available for conversations

This is a participant-led activity. We’ll tally up interest in various areas and put some experts into groups of participants where a particular topic can be aired and hopefully resolved.

18:00 Feedback / Close

 

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