Month: July 2017

IoT Hackathon at the Amazon AWS Summit, Cape Town

Yesterday I attended the Amazon AWS Summit in Cape Town. The talks were good – even Werner Vogels, the CTO of Amazon.com, showed up! Getting to speak to experts in their fields and AWS engineers from the world over was eye-opening for sure.

A couple friends and I participated in the IoT Hackathon, which Intel kindly sponsored. Given an Arduino 101 (containing an Intel® Curie™) and a Grove starter kit, we had a couple of hours to have fun and see what we could hack together. As we were new to AWS’s IoT platform and the Python libraries we were given, it took us some time to get it up and running but we ended up with a working prototype.

We designed a notification system for a cold room refrigeration system to monitor temperature door opening/closing events; When it would be opened or closed, the door state and its temperature is sent over to AWS and logged. We planned to add a stepper motor to simulate our door among other features, but we didn’t have enough time; We had to just use a push button to toggle the door opening and closing.

Here’s a video of our system, and some pics:


The members of team AckerTech, from left to right: Joseph Rautenbach (me), Matthew Baas, Torsten Babl, Bradley Fourie.

All in all, it was great fun. Our team came second place, so next year we’ll be back for round two!