Wednesday, 3 August 2016

IoT HackHyderabad

IoT HackHyderabad

       The excitement in me woke me up early. With all the freshness & enthusiasm, me and my team headed to Progess office for the first IOT Hackathon conducted by Mozilla. All organizers and volunteers reached by 8:00 & we arranged all that needs to be done. There we saw many enthusiastic people with passion who were eager to put their skills to work for next 32 hours. They collected their ID cards & headed towards the hack zone. I have addressed the participants & discussed the agenda for the weekend which was to learn and build something new without missing out fun :D   Then i have given an insight about Mozilla community & opportunities it brings .

      Then we had a Skype session with Dietrich head of connected devices at Mozilla Dietrich, spoke about how connected devices are going to change the world &mozilla’s mission towards connected devices. Then we had a question and answer session and Dietrich wished our participants & boosted them up.
Later Kalayan discussed about importance of security & privacy in connected world & spoke about IOT risks, Cyber threats & security challenges . He also discussed about how our wearable devices collect huge amount of personal data as well as the surrounding environment information, which can be easily disclosed to third parties & how threat actors adopt sophisticated TTPs . One of the first  under attack  case was observed by Proofpoint where cyber criminals sent  bursts of 100,000 three times per day, targeting enterprises and individuals worldwide,more than a lakh refrigerators ,smart Tv’s and other smart household appliances have been hacked !!! Showing how IoT is dramatically enlarging our attack surface, he also came up with the set of solutions on how to minimize these vulnerabilities :)

       It was lunch time, people interacted with each other. People formed teams & started discussing their innovative ideas. We were helping participants get their required hardware components.15 teams( =15 new ideas :D) started working on their creative ideas. Geeks Harsha, Kalyan , Deepak & Hitesh were helping the hackers build better prototype. People took short naps, some caffeine & samosa (not to be forgotten!) breaks . Special mention to Hitesh & Giridhar for keeping the crowd active with their sense of humor :)

       Sunday (next day) people were almost done ,they started adding additional features & started testing their product. By 12pm their ideas were all set to present. Our judge for the event was Mr.Ramesh CEO of Progress  Software. Such a visionary person he is, he also suggested the participants about how they could go ahead with their product in market.
       Judgment time! Winning team-Smart air conditioning team got first prize and the youngest participant belonged to this team :) they  were awarded with Firefox OS phones:D  Runnerups-Alchol detection team were awarded with Firefox Bags and Goodies :D
        Then we all had tasty biryani as our last meal of the event. Then we had swag distribution bands, tattoos, badges everywhere& everyone captured our perfect weekend in selfies . I learnt about arduino, raspberry pi& got familiar with many other technical aspects & understood that age is never a barrier to do something you like.  As promised by Harsha ,we all had great moments to cherish &32 hours to treasure :D 


Project Titles:
  1. Smart Parking in busy city environment. Monitoring of parking spaces in the city. Monitoring of vibrations and material conditions in buildings, bridges and historical monuments which info is critical to government.
  2. Noise pollution monitoring in Urban and Rural areas Sound monitoring in importan zones like schools,hospitals,residential,factory etc.. in real time.
  3. Traffic Congestion and warning systems. Monitoring of vehicles and pedestrian for efficiant traffic management for driving and walking routes.
  4. Smart Lighting Intelligent and weather adaptive lighting in street lights for efficiant use of power.
  5. Smart Waste Management in cities. Detection of garbage points and rubbish levels in containers to optimize the trash collection routes.
  6. Smart Roads Intelligent Highways with warning messages and diversions according to climate conditions and unexpected events like accidents or traffic jams.
  7. Home automation : project kit that allows user to easily control home appliances and automate homes using Internet of things to control loads.
  8. Ambulance tracking System in Traffic 
  9. PowerSaver using raspberry pi
  10. Thermal Detection 
  11. Alcohol Detection for Drunken People. Helping the Traffic Police of the city
  12. Smart air conditioning
  13. Tagit - smart way of connecting the household things

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