How to Join the SqwidNet University IoT Hackathon

This is your opportunity to bring innovative projects to life using SqwidNet/Sigfox’s global Low Power Wide Area network, by providing smart solutions in addressing South Africa’s (and the world’s) socio-economic problems by through the use of Internet of Things (IoT).

How to Join the SqwidNet University IoT Hackathon

SqwidNet, the licensed Sigfox IoT network operator in South Africa, is challenging all South African tertiary education students (undergraduate and postgraduate) to take part in the largest virtual hackathon ever attempted in the country.

The company want students to think about how technology can change lives, save resources or just fix things that are broken.

SqwidNet, in collaboration with Sigfox, is introducing this new nationwide challenge for students.

This is your opportunity to bring innovative projects to life using SqwidNet/Sigfox’s global Low Power Wide Area network, by providing smart solutions in addressing South Africa’s (and the world’s) socio-economic problems by through the use of Internet of Things (IoT).

We have generated from SqwidNet website a quick step by step on how to participate in this hackathon.

The winning entry from a South African university or other tertiary institution team stands to win cash prizes for the team, for their institution faculty, and the chance to present their design in IoT Valley in Toulouse, France.

vintage blackboard with wooden frame chalkboard Internet of things (IOT) concept

vintage blackboard with wooden frame chalkboard Internet of things (IOT) concept (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

SqwidNet is interested in smart solutions that tackle real-world problems and concerns such as:

  • Unemployment
  • The need for Good Health and Well-Being for people
  • The Water crisis
  • Quality Education
  • Clean Water and Sanitation
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Sustainable Cities and Communities

How to Enter this Hackathon?

This is a virtual hackathon, you’ll need access to the internet to take part in web meetings and launches.

Participants are required to work in teams of a minimum of two people. It is recommended that least two faculties/schools/departments should be represented in the team.

Once you’ve got your team list, have identified the problem that you’d like to solve, and have a solution in mind, you simply fill out this entry form.

SqwidNet will ask you for all of the details of the team, a definition of the social problem that you’d like to solve and a brief description of the solution that you propose.

Each team may submit multiple proposals for consideration, but only a single entry per team will proceed to Phase 2.

In phase one, SqwidNet is not expecting any designs but rather an abstract description of the solution.

Once the entry has been received, SqwidNet will communicate with all members of your team to ensure that they all accept the terms and conditions of the challenge, and then your entry will be accepted.

Then what?

After the final date for entries (May 27, 2018), SqwidNet and Sigfox will select the best entries to proceed to the second phase.

Shortlisted students will be notified whether or not they’re successful early in June 2018.

For those progressing to Phase 2, development kits will be distributed by SqwidNet and SigFox, and there will be a web-based kick-off seminar in 30 June 2018.

The kit consists:

  1. An Arduino SigFox development board
  2. Sponsored subscription to SqwidNet’s SigFox IoT network

Mentors from SqwidNet and Sigfox will be assigned to each team, and these mentors will be available for email questions and bi-weekly calls.

Competitors will have one month to develop their prototype, and will have to submit the designs and a presentation for the judges to evaluate on 25 July 2018.

Final judging of the challenge is to take place on 1 August 2018, and winners will be announced.

The proposals will be judged according to the following criteria:

  1. The social value of the solution – i.e. will it make a difference?
  2. The practicability of the proposed solution i.e. Is the solution practical? Is it cost-effective? Is it scalable?
IOT business man hand working and internet of things (IoT) word diagram as concept

IOT business man hand working and internet of things (IoT) word diagram as concept (Photo Credit: www.shutterstock.com)

For more information, visit: http://sqwidnet.com/iot-sa-challenge/

Also Read: SqwidNet Introduces Universities Challenge in SA

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