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Sensemakers Monthly Newsletter

Van: Manon
Sent on: zondag 2 september 2018 15:25

Hi all,

Summer is coming to an end and we’re proud to announce some interesting events about MakeHealth, LoRa, Biosensing, soundsensing and energy harvesting! Our hands-on DIY-lab evenings will, as always, be at the Public Library where we can use the lasercutter & 3D-printer.
For our lectures on the 3th Wednesday evening we’ll take you to different locations, like the Amsterdam Biolabs in October. In September we’re kindly hosted at Waag Society. They’ll introduce us to the MakeHealth Lab. At this Lab they investigate how you can make your own health care applications to support the self-reliance of patients or support healthcare professionals by answering a practical question. On September 22th a new 7-week prototyping series starts, in which the team will work on a new solution for different challenges every week. Solutions will then be shared with the problemholder and on We hope a lot of Sensemakers can commit themselves for 7 weeks and join the team to make a difference!

Next to this there will be a talk from Waternet about their private LoRa network and their experience with the application of IoT!

READ or CHECK this

  • On IoT Customer confidence (haven’t read it myself)
  • has interesting newsletters, Inside AI for example reported
  • on a system called AttnGAN that generates images based on text input.
    This link lets you try it out, just type in a descryption!
  • on an open sourcetool to track animal movements.


  • September 5th Sensemakers DIY Lab evening
  • September 13 – 14, 2018, RIOT Summit, Participation is free of charge
    The RIOT Summit aims for bringing together RIOTers, beginners and experts, as well as people interested in the IoT in general and decision makers who plan to deploy RIOT in the future. The event combines plenary talks, hands-on tutorials, and demos.
  • September 19th: Sensemakers evening about MakeHealth; LoRa & IoT
  • September 20th: Crash course: measuring the quality of swimming water
    At this event you can build simple measuring devices yourselves and do experiments. In addition, an expert from Waternet will tell us about the actual water quality in Amsterdam. Alain Otjens from the Amsterdecks project, will explain the choices he made when visualising data about water quality. And Ted van der Togt will share our Sensemakers experiences.
  • September 22th: The second series of MakeHealth Prototyping, join here
  • September 27th: NB-IoT & LTE-M Event, Join here
    Are you interested in learning the latest about NB-IoT and LTE-M? SODAQ, Adelco and u-blox are organizing a full-day event in Hilversum during which they will share all their experiences in using these networks. There will be presentations about the technology as well as use cases presented by startups who we have supported in making IoT-ready products.
    In the hands-on sessions you will learn to program our SARA boards and use them as GPS trackers! Standard tickets are 29 EUR, but for 99 EUR you can get admission + a SODAQ SARA AFF R-410M board! During our next lab-evening we’ll raffle 2 tickets!
  • October 27th: The Intel AI DevCamp
    Along with hands-on technical trainings from Intel® experts, local startups at the forefront of AI innovation will share their latest insights and projects. Attendees will gain an understanding of how to build a deep learning solution using AI optimized Caffe and Tensorflow using the Intel® AI DevCloud and will have a chance to implement an image classification model on these frameworks using two popular networks.
    25-35 of our Sensemakers participants can register as ''Early Bird'' attendees, getting priority and saving their seats for this full-day conference (since this is a free event where anyone can sign up to, there will be a lot of attention). Interested, just add "Sensemakers" in the University/Company field of the registration form.

Last but not least, hereunder a job opening at Sodaq, one of our sponsors!

Enjoy your Sunday, Ted & Manon

JOBS Opportunity: Embedded hardware engineer at SODAQ

Overview of job responsibilities:
As an embedded hardware engineer you’re responsible for designing embedded systems by yourself and also within a team. You will work closely together with the other embedded hardware, software and mechanical engineers. The main language spoken in our office is English and you will be required to have full proficiency on this. SODAQ is a relatively small company and you will be required to be flexible to quickly switch between tasks and work on multiple project simultaneously.

Your tasks will range from testing small and simple circuits/boards to designing complex innovative products for clients or for internal use (webshop, etc). This also includes create schematics, perform PCB layout, develop test plans, test and troubleshoot prototypes and produce manufacturing documentation.

You will need to have a good understanding and have experience with microcontrollers, analog and digital circuits and using these in a low-power setup.

• 2 to 5 years of relevant experience (embedded systems)
• Bachelor degree in embedded system engineering (or similar)
• Experience with using Arduino (hardware & software)
• Proficient in designing PCBs and schematic layouts
• Is able to build and test electronic prototypes
• Experience soldering SMT components
• Experience with RF and antenna design is a bonus
• Is flexible in switching between projects and is able to handle multiple project simultaneously
• Has experience with designing low-power circuits
• Has experience with using lab equipment (oscilloscope, bench multimeter, etc)
• Can prepare and maintain technical documentation
• Create and perform test plans, document, and analyze results
• Has experience with Autodesk EAGLE or similar tools for designing PCBs (board & schematic)
• Has knowledge of and experience with programming in C/C++
• Is able to write simple software (sketches for Arduino) for testing the hardware and assisting the software engineer with small tasks
• Has some experience with creating files for Electronic Manufacturing Services (generating Bill of Materials, gerbers, etc)
• Has some experience with EMC and LVD standards (design for and testing them)
• Professional proficient in English (speaking & writing), Dutch is a bonus
• Is able to work within a team and provide (and handle) constructive feedback during design reviews
• Open to learning new skills, using new tools and technologies

If you are interested please send your CV to: [address removed]

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