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"Connecting Sensors to Internet with LoRaWAN" — Hackday

Now there's a larger LoRaWAN network in Liverpool (map) providing free access to the public The Things Network service, it's the ideal time to start connecting more devices, more sensors, and taking advantage of this long range, low power, low cost way of connecting devices to the internet.

As the event organiser, I'll make sure that there's a selection of LoRaWAN devices, Arduino boards and a mix of sensors; BUT that doesn't guarantee that there will be enough for everyone. If you'd like to bring a device with you (here's a list of possible ones) you'll be able to take home what you build.

If you'd like a LoRaWAN device to take away on the day, you can order one to be built and ready for the hackday, so you can take away what you build.

You will need to bring with you: 

• a laptop with the Arduino IDE installed (chromebooks or tablets are not suitable),

• a LoRaWAN device to connect with (868MHz only) — (optional),

• a sensor that you would like to connect to the internet — (optional),


We'll spend the day trying out and experimenting with: 

• using LoRaWAN,

• connecting to The Things Network,

• receiving messages,

• displaying data.


This hack-day is ideally suited if you've done some Arduino or MicroPython programming before and want to start using LoRaWAN, but might be just the bit of  learning-on-the-job you need if you're new to programming.

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  • Guillem

    Hi guys, I'm having a look at some boards supporting LoRa. My favorite is mDot because I want to work with mbed, if possibile, but I'm finding it difficult to purchase (just in Digikey) and a bit pricey. Has anybody use mDot before? is it good value?

    June 7

    • Nic B.

      Also, take a look at this: http://www.mouser.co....­

      4 days ago

    • Nic B.

      Pressed Enter too soon - the I=NUCLEO-LRWAN1 - an Arduino shield that has a USI module with 1272 and Cortex M0 MCU, plus temperature, humidty, pressure, accelerometer and magnetometer sensors

      1 · 4 days ago

  • Patrick F.

    Here's the notes from the day: https://hackmd.io/s/H1lA3HLrb

    1 · 4 days ago

  • Chad

    Very good day, met all my goals! Thanks for the organisation, assistance and great atmosphere.

    1 · 6 days ago

  • CurlyWurly

    Excellent day, friendly crowd and great topics

    1 · 6 days ago

  • David C.

    Brilliant. Great atmosphere and learned a lot! Great mix of people too.

    1 · July 15

  • Massimo D.

    Would love to join, but I'll have my foot in bandages :-(

    June 7

  • CurlyWurly

    If I can make the day. I'll try to bring the following with me
    - PIR sensor modules
    - Dragino shield on arduino
    - Dragino shield on R.Pi (with GPS)
    - Thing inovations board
    - ESP8266 development board (yellow)

    So far, I've used the Dragino shield on the R.Pi as a single channel gateway, with the other devices connecting via ABP.
    Some of the things I'd like to do are as follows
    - Connect the devices via OTAA
    - Make a single channel gateway with ESP8266 and Dragino shield?

    2 · June 6

  • Guy F.

    OK if I use a LoPy/FiPy instead with Atom IDE?

    June 3

    • Patrick F.

      Absolutely, especially if you've already got something set up, I was having trouble with the Atom IDE side last time I tried

      June 6

  • Richard

    Well i have not used Arduino or MicroPython however have used Basic and HTML/CSS on an off for small projects..so this should be interesting.

    1 · June 2

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