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Sensemakers Newsletter Feb.2019; discounts and more

From: Manon
Sent on: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 12:43 PM

Hi all,

A warm salute from the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, where it is time consuming to separate hype from reality. Good news is that The Things Network won a well deserved NGI award here! Please note that the NGI initiative offers a lot of funding possibilities!
But incredible the amount of companies adding Blockchain, 5G and/or IoT to their marketing/portfolio’s without being able to answer some basic (critical) questions.
Security is still a hot item that’s not really addressed by the majority of the companies as is the realization that it’s not about IoT/Sensing but about sensemaking. In that context the talk at our meetup last week from Schiphol Real Estate was really interesting; they shared their learning on some of the unexpected (negative) outcomes of using sensordata as examples of the complexity of the real world.
We’ve also kicked off the sound project with SensingClues. During our lab evenings we will design and build prototypes for testing and sensemaking at the Marineterrein. More information can be found here. Feel free to join, but as always you can also work on other projects and/or experiment with 3D printing!

Events & discounts
We often have free tickets to share as well, but those are raffled off at our events and/or on Slack.

  • Feb.28 SODAQ: Mobility & IoT (with pancakes😊
  • March 9/10th:
    An international IoT en LoraWAN-Hackathon in Emmen, focusing on "finding solutions for societal challenges with IoT and LoraWAN". They have 4 tracks: Safety, Health, Mobility and Sustainability. There are teams comming in from UK, Germany, Belgium & Ulraine. Next to the challenges you can expect good food, excellent workshops (on LoraWAN, Data visualisation, Pitching, etc.), very capable coaches and nice prizes. The IP stays in the hands of the teams that invented the solutions!
  • March 13th
  • March 14th (Dutch spoken) Community of Practice Waterquality Awareness
  • March 20th: Sensemakers meetup
    Networking & presentations on environmental realtime monitoring & the banking of things
  • April 2-3th: Codemotion Amsterdam
    Get a 20% Sensemakers-discount here
  • April 9th: International
    During the day you can visit, & in the evening we have a special (tech) meetup where you can learn (code) an iot-payment system.
  • June 19-20
    It’s got plenty of free areas and they provide Sensemakers with a 20% discount code, use code SENSEIOT20 when you register.

Get involved

  • MakeHealth Prototyping
    Do you want to develop and apply your expertise to improve healthcare? Do you have an idea for a care solution that makes everyday life easier or know an aid that could be designed better? Join a team during 3th MakeHealth Prototyping series, starting March 9th. You’ll work on a case for seven-weeks!
    To get an idea of MakeHealth prototyping, here some pictures of the previous edition.
    AstroPlant is an educational citizen science project with the European Space Agency to engage a new generation of space farmers, collect data and ideas for agriculture on Mars, develop open source research equipment, and create awareness of regenerative and closed-loop life support systems.


  • Let me start by bringing the IoT Council to your attention (again😉. A lot of interesting stuff is shared in that community, discount on tickets to IoT-related events worldwide (they shared the free tickets for FutureTech with us), but also educational material like this and discussions on IoT&privacy and the human side of data.
  • At the IIOTA Meetup in Amsterdam last month a very interesting proof of concept of an autonomously self balancing electricity grid was presented, you can watch it here

If you have some interesting read or events to share, please contact us! Warm regards to all our (now over 6000!) members from,

Gijs, Paola, Ted, Manon
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