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IoT Workshop with Losant

The folks at Losant are setting us up with an Internet of Things workshop! They are sending over the devices, the materials, and providing connectivity. Learn the basics and prepare yourself for diving into the world of connected hardware in the most awesome IoT workshop available to a meetup. We will be presenting everything, but it should be pretty hands on and guaranteed to be a ton of fun! 

Beer and non-alchoholic drinks will be provided by us! 

Want to present at an upcoming TucsonJS? Let Richard or Eric know during the meetup or send us a message via the organizer’s contact button. We always need speakers! If you need an idea for a topic, we can help with that too.

Getting to the meetup by car: Connect is right in downtown Tucson, so if you are not biking, taking the bus, streetcar, or dirigible you are probably coming by automobile. Downtown street parking in metered spots is free after 5pm, but may be limited. (Should you find a spot on the street, please be careful not to block the streetcar!) Your best bet may be the Depot Plaza Garage (45 N 5th Ave). Check out the city’s parking guide for more info.

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  • Tim C.

    Enjoyed the hands-on hacking together with new friends. Losant platform was fun and easy to use with great documentation. Also learned my previous failure with my own ESP8266 board is likely a defective board, not a defective user. <grin> Would love to have more hands-on sessions like this one! Thanks to the organizers for setting it up. :-)

    2 · September 2

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had a great time getting an introduction to the IoT workspace.

    1 · September 2

  • Eric M.

    Thanks for coming everyone! For those who couldn’t make it, and also as a reference for those who did, here are the links for the environment setup instructions and the workshop we did:

    https://bit.ly/workshop-setup
    https://bit.ly/workshop-tutorial

    If you want to continue your IoT adventure, Losant offers a number builder kits for sale in their online store: https://store.losant.com Of course, the device we used tonight was the NodeMCU, which you can find for sale lots of places online. And I suspect it should be possible to get just about any ESP8266 based device to work with Losant too.

    Lastly, I spoke about how when folks think of IoT, consumer products are often what comes to mind. But the more exciting stuff in my opinion is likely to be industrial, agriculture, and energy applications. I was really inspired by this Brett Victor article on tech and climate change. I’d encourage anyone who is interested to give it a read! http://worrydream.com/ClimateChange/

    September 1

  • Jason H.

    Doesn't look like I'm going to make it tonight after all : ( But I look forward to hearing about it and seeing pictures. Sounds like it'll be lots of fun!

    September 1

  • William M.

    Is there anything we should download and install in advance for the IoT workshop?

    1 · September 1

    • Richard K.

      Sorry about that Will, email has been sent out. Next shop we do we will make sure to send that out a few days beforehand.

      September 1

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