Crazy World of IoT: fad, feature, product, service or business

SAIL -  4 presenters, beer and pizza at Jaks Tap.

Rapid fire 5 minute presos on any crazy IoT idea, prototype, hobby ... you never know what can turn into a big business... think beanie babes, slinky, silly putty...

Everyone votes for a winner of the Chicago IoT You Must Be Crazy Trophy.  Yes there will be a trophy, however the it will be worthless.

Entries so far ....

The AlarmClock by fig


• Wakeup to your net worth, time to live, health, social standing...

• Kickstarter Funded lead by Pat Ryan

Dumpalog by spacefracture

• Connected toliet seat with bio-logging

Connected Spray Painter by Pete Hill

Multi nozzle spray painter that adapts to the buildings color and color variation to cover up graffiti. Tracks graffiti, location and paint requirements.

Hotbox Detector - by Warren Newhauser 

Connected rail wheel bearings

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  • Bruce W.

    Thank you to Pat Ryan-Alarm Clock and Nick Wiatrak-Dump a Long for stepping up and spawning conversation with their presentations.

    August 28

  • J.A. G.

    Alas, a third unrelated event popped up, but I'll try to swing by Jaks later (or if unrelated is a bore...). Although I am sure all the crazy ideas are fabulous, I particularly love Pete Hill's spray paint adapter...brilliant.

    August 27

    • Steven L.

      J.A. you missed the CTO of a grizzled IoT pioneer and thought leader sharing his experiences. Maybe next time.

      August 28

  • Steven L.

    Great Event. Unbelievably high quality networking & presentations.

    1 · August 27

  • Prasad B.

    I would say very good for one of my first meet up with IOT. Nice presentations and good address from Mark Karasek on the state of the IOT and B2B and B2C comparison.

    August 27

  • Prasad B.

    It was great meeting everyone and seeing the presentations. The toilet seat idea has promise. I would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to our first meet and greet at Cavanaugh's 53 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604 at 6 pm.

    August 27

  • J.A. G.

    There seems to be another IoT group in Chicago and they have the chutzpah to schedule a meeting at the same time at 1871: I think that it's great that there should be more than one group, but I am wondering if there might be a way to reach out to them so there's coordination.

    August 25

    • Steven L.

      ....and if you decide to attend their event, please mention our desire to collaborate.

      August 27

    • Don C.

      I'm trying to bridge this being an 1871 member, a member of both meetups, and a staunch collaboration guy..

      August 27

  • Layton O.

    I'm interested in any uses combining 311, 911 + node data into "daily feed" community business intelligence systems, whether for parcels, blocks, tracts, ZIPs, planning or community college areas, and available to local business, community anchor institutions, aldermen, media, planners.

    August 26

    • Steven L.

      Layton - this sounds like a great idea. There are a few VC guys in the group that might help, if you are at that stage.

      August 27

  • Kevin M.

    Hey everyone. Just wanted to let the group know that I have another Introduction to Arduino class coming up on August 23. You can check out all the info at this link: Also, if you enter the promotion code: IOTCHICAGO, you can get 20% off the workshop price.

    1 · August 14

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