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Iotorium: Building an open connected world together

At our April meetup, we learned that the open discussion + project share has been a useful format for the group to get started, and now we would like to take it to the next level.

We would like to announce Iotorium, a community organ for learning about and building the Internet of Things from the ground up.

Iotorium is about community based education and participation in the developing Internet of Things technology framework, using open source software.

It's clear that the Internet of Things is all about building an ecosystem around connected sensors and other connected objects. The connection of things to software is the first step; the second step is building a system to manage these connected things together. A true Internet of Things will enable a diverse collection of things to be connected together, to common application software, and managed as a system.

We will kick off Iotorium with a community software development project that enables global participation. We want to take the idea of the hackathon, and extend it to enable global participation in building this ecosystem. Where a hackathon sets aside a dedicated period of intense collaboration to reach a single goal, the Iotorium hackathon will be an ongoing activity resulting in multiple achievements.

To get things started, we are offering the IoT Toolkit and Smart Object API, an open source software platform we're building to enable interoperable systems to be built for the Internet of Things.

The current state of the API and toolkit is basically at a "hello world" functionality, a web or gateway hosted service which can store and retrieve JSON and XML data objects and RDF graph metadata using a number of web representations.The Smart Object API can be used to connect any device or data source to any software through a combination of REST calls and asynchronous data push operations.

The purpose of the community coding activity is to build real applications on top of IoT Toolkit, providing use cases for the features yet to be built, and to start to demonstrate real data sharing and interoperability across diverse implementations. We will build out the API and IoT Toolkit features based on common use case needs learned through the course of the hackathon.

Teams of people can participate, each team consisting of diverse skill sets, to represent multiple areas of expertise, e.g. hardware sensors, software engineering, user interaction, data analysis, social interaction, and other areas. Each team would choose a use case to implement that provides data that would be valuable or useful if shared more widely. Some teams could build applications that operate on shared data from multiple sources that the other teams provide.

At the May 15th meetup, we will have a planning discussion to decide what is needed and how to proceed, with the actual community coding and project implementation starting in June.

We will accommodate our usual project and open sharing activity as well, so please come and join the discussion.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    What was the outcome of the last meeting? I heard many decisions and plans made. I could not stay till the end so any updates will be highly appreciated.

    May 31, 2013

  • Mark R.


    May 15, 2013

  • Mark R.

    I'll attend if I can...

    May 9, 2013

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