Sigfox has kicked off its second Paris-based ‘Hacking House’. For six months, participants from seven countries will work on IoT-based projects as diverse as car theft prevention and bird protection which focus on solving challenges identified by Sigfox customers. The four projects in this Hacking House are:
- connected nesting boxes to promote the repopulation of birds (in partnership with the Ligue de Protection des Oiseaux)
- audience and impact measurement of digital billboards thanks to embedded artificial intelligence
- car theft prevention
- management and optimisation of berths and mooring rings for pleasure boats.
The Hacking House participants will be divided into four development teams. Between 10 February and 7 August 2020 they will create a functional prototype that will then be tested in real world conditions. Participants will be supported by Sigfox experts and will benefit from an apprenticeship in entrepreneurial skills – giving them everything they need to launch a start-up.
“For this sixth edition we wanted to add value to our program by giving participants the time and tools to deliver a proven IoT solution that will meet the specifications given at the start up,” explains Maxime Schacht, Sigfox’s Hacking House Manager. “We also have a new partnership with Telecom ParisTech Entrepreneurs, the first digital business incubator in France, which will provide mentoring for start-ups and entrepreneurs from the Hacking House.”
After six months working on their project, which will include several phases of exchanges with partners, conceptual thinking, prototyping and testing, the teams will present their work to a panel of investors, clients and experts. They will evaluate the projects, taking into account production issues and the existence of similar products on the market.
Microsoft and Amosense are the sponsors of the latest Hacking House, which will also be supported by technology partners such as LITE-ON, Wisebatt and STMicroelectronics.
“We believe that the Sigfox’s Hacking House is addressing an important need in the IoT market by sponsoring innovative and impactful industrial IoT projects, an area of focus for Microsoft Azure IoT Services,” said Soren Lau, General Manager, IoT & Mixed Reality (EMEA) at Microsoft.
“We are delighted to sponsor the new Hacking House to help produce such promising projects in the IoT field. Like Hacking House, we believe that projects are born out of a real issue and well-defined customer expectations,” commented Amosense’s EVP Danny Jung.
Sigfox’s global network enables billions of devices to connect to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible (LPWAN). It reduces both the cost and energy footprint of IoT devices, while enabling global scalability. Its network is available in 70 countries, covering 1 billion people, and supports use cases such as Asset Tracking and Supply Chain.
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