Contest sets real-life IoT challenge to participants

17th April 2019
Mick Elliott

Participants in a contest organised by will need to reimagine something from their everyday lives that could benefit from intelligent IoT, and use SmartEdge Agile and the Brainium portal to create it. As Avnet’s project-based community for anyone who wants to learn about programming and building hardware, challenges its community to use the power of IoT every day.

This latest contest tasks participants to not only add intelligence to their projects, but to take it to the edge.

IoT projects require that hardware, software and security solutions all work together to be successful.

To help participants get started, will give away SmartEdge Agile IoT devices to the 100 best project proposals submitted to the contest page’s “Apply for hardware” tab by April 19.

Developers who miss the deadline can purchase SmartEdge Agile exclusively through Premier Farnell.

All participants will have until June 23 to create a project, document the development and submit their project to the contest page. Winners will be announced on July 1.

By utilising SmartEdge Agile with Octonion’s Brainium portal and AI Studio powered by Microsoft Azure, participating developers will have access to a “zero-coding” revolutionary machine learning tool to easily bring intelligence to their projects.

Brainium Portal can be used to easily initiate a proof of concept (POC) by leveraging more than 20 predefined AI algorithms that can be re-used through to product launch.

A Brainium software agent is embedded into SmartEdge Agile allowing seamless interface with AI Studio and facilitating the end-to end IoT solution which enables customers to focus on their use cases.

“Many IoT projects don’t get off the ground because of the complexity of incorporating hardware, software and security into designs,” said Lou Lutostanski, global vice president of IoT for Avnet. “A solution such as the SmartEdge Agile with the Brainium portal helps to simplify and secure the process of adding intelligence to IoT. The Hackster community is already leveraging these products to reimagine everyday objects with the power of AI at the edge, with some of the ideas shared so far ranging from a wildlife detector, to an automated greenhouse and even a smart badminton bat.”

This contest underscores the commitment to driving IoT innovation throughout the Avnet ecosystem. This ecosystem, comprised of small-scale specialists Premier Farnell; project-based online engineering community; manufacturing solution provider Dragon Innovation; and software and AI strategist Softweb Solutions; reduces the time, cost and complexities of bringing products to market.

SmartEdge Agile with the Brainium portal includes everything makers need to develop and deploy intelligent IoT projects:

  • Ready to use IoT device: BLE 5.0 with nine sensors
  • End to end solution: full software stack at firmware, gateway and cloud levels
  • Dashboard: real time data visualisation with Brainium widgets
  • Customisation: ready to use cloud API for customization
  • AI at the Edge with zero coding approach: the AI studio allows makers to build and deploy an AI model in just a few clicks
  • Security at the Edge: edge to cloud security model

An expert panel, including Ongan Mordeniz, Co-founder and COO of Octonion; Michael Lamp, Director of Americas IoT Business Development at Avnet, Luis Benito Matias Igea, IoT Principal Solutions Specialist at Microsoft; and Patrice Hamard, Microcontroller Product Marketing Manager at STMicroelectronics, will judge the entries.

The team will also select one project that best contributes to any of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to receive a $250 gift card, 12-month subscription to Patchr Premium, and be featured in a video interview with Hackster’s vibrant in-house personality and hardware nerd, Alex Glow.

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