National Science Week

Hobart Makers, in partnership with TasLUG, National Science Week and Kickstart Arts are excited to bring you our first workshop for National Science Week as we investigate connecting sensors and devices to the Internet of Things!

There are many ways to connect IoT devices to the Internet. This workshop will introduce some cheap sensors and controllers you can put in your garden or house and explain the networks you can connect to, focusing on the new LoRa radios for low power and long range.

We will use a microcontroller that runs MicroPython and a built in web server as our simple platform to collect data from sensors and connect to the open source The Things Network with our devices and figure out ways to receive and send data to our sensor boxes.

You will need to bring a laptop for this workshop.

The kit contains a LoPy controller with expansion board and some sensors for measuring temperature, distance, soil moisture. You have the option to buy the kit ($60 ticket) to take home or be provided a kit for the workshop ($20 ticket).

There will be some other sensors available for those with some experience and want to hack on MicroPython.

This event will run on Thursday 17th August 2017 from 6:30pm to 9pm at the Kickstart Arts building.

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The workshop has limited spots. If there is enough interest the workshop will be re-run later.

About the Organiser

This workshop will be run by Scott Bragg. By day he works as a software engineer dealing mainly in Python and embedded systems. Other times you will see him tinkering with open source software, software defined radios and other electronics. He has an amateur radio license and his callsign is VK7LXX.