HackIoT - Reading Smart City

Internet of Things a world of opportunities

It is clear that the Internet of Things is here today. There are some great opportunities to take advantage of as well as technical and commercial challenges. The Innovation Catalyst and its partners are running HackIoT to allow students, entrepreneurs and professionals to;

  • Understand the technology
  • Work together to develop proof of concept products/solutions
  • Explore and try to understand potential commercial models

LoRaWAN IoT technology with its IoT standard, low-cost implementation, rapid scalability and cost-effective operations will underpin much IoT developments.

We have brought toegther a team of industry experts to provide technology advice and training. We'll provide the necessary hardware, developer kits, sensors and gateways to allow for meaningful product development experience to be gained during the HackIoT.

Reading Borough Council will shortly be rolling out an LPWAN to Reading, Wokingham, Bracknell and West Berkshire and allocating £1m of challenge funding to early IoT products and services.  HackIoT provides the perfect opportunity to start creating propositions that can apply for this cash. 

The overall winner will have a place on the Innovation Catalyst's 16 week Eagle Lab Flight Smart City aAccelerator programme.  All particpants will have the opportunity to apply for one of the 12 places availbale on this programme to get the help they might need to grow and develop their business.

Solve the challenges

There will be Smart City themed challenges that will be set according to the demand from teams and sponsors. These are likely to cover areas such as;

  • Connected Environment - air quality monitoring, flood risk, and more...
  • Connected Home  - health, energy, maintenance and more...  
  • Connected transport – cars, public, logistics, and more...

Come Join us  

HackIoT will be open to individuals and teams so get involved

  • If you are interested in Internet of Things technology. (No experience required).
  • If you are on a team, at a start-up or in an enterprise setting, that is aggressively pursuing IoT applications. 
  • If you are interested in devices, sensors, modules, network servers APIs and application servers.
  • If you are interested in integrating IoT hardware and software, join us. (Background in any hardware or software is welcome.)

You will take a package of IoT hardware and software and create solutions to meet the challenge

We'll get you up to speed with new technologies and create applications that interact with sensors. 

You will leave with greater understanding of the technologies involved, end-to-end IoT solutions, data and workflow and perhaps a fledgling business

We will follow this proven format

Friday 20th April         

17:30 - 18:15             Networking and sustenance

18:15 - 19:00             Hack IoT Kickoff & Intros - Technology, Reading network roll out, Commercialisation

                                   and the Accelerator

19:00 pm - 21:30       Hardware Provisioning Workshop

22:00                          Further sustenance and refreshments

Stay and work or come back in the morning – your choice!

Saturday 21st April

8:00                            Bacon Rolls and copious coffee

12:00                          Lunch

15:00                          Hacking over – five minute presentations

16:00                          Award Ceremony

Facilitated by:

Angel Rivera, Chief DEVOPS Engineer & Developer Advocate at microshare.io, an experienced US based hackathon lead will run the event with the partners; Microshare, Microchip, Everynet, VitalSix, Kerlink, The Things Network, Digital Catapult.

Judging and Prizes

There will be three classes of entrant;

  • School teams with UTC
  • University Student Teams
  • Professional teams

Short pitches will be made to a judging panel at the end of the event.  All teams will keep theri developr kits.  All winning team members will get a developer kit.  The overall winner will get a place on the Barclays Flight Smart City Accelerator programme


Everyone attending HackIoT must register for this event by clicking the Get Tickets button above to reserve your spot.  The event will be limited to up to 27 teams.  There will be a waiting list so if you register and can't attend please unregister so that your fellow hackers can attend.  We will then send you a link to the devpost site which will be used to manage HackIoT.


Additional information

The partners


Breaking out of IoT silos and converting data streams into new sources of revenue will require proven, reliable, audit-ready tools for sharing just the right data at just the right moment. Our comprehensive Microshare™ data management and governance software provides granular control of the information flowing through the arteries of your business. With billions of new IoT devices coming online every year, we enable you to harvest the utility value of all this new data with full compliance, control and audit.


Microchip Technology Inc. is a leading provider of microcontroller and analog semiconductors, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Arizona, Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality.

The Things Network

The Things Network is building a network for the Internet of Things by creating abundant data connectivity, so applications and businesses can flourish. The technology we use is called LoRaWAN and it allows for things to talk to the internet without 3G or WiFi. So no WiFi codes and no mobile subscriptions.  It features low battery usage, long range and low bandwidth. Perfect for the internet of things. 


UTC stands for University Technical College, an innovative new approach to learning for 14 – 19 year olds that offers specialist programmes alongside traditional subjects, such as English, Maths and Science.

A UTC is different from an average school because it has more support and backing from the local business community and has high profile industry partners involved in the development of the curriculum. Other more traditional academic partners are also involved to make sure that UTCs really can offer the best of both worlds.

Barclays Eagle Labs

When the communities in which we live and work thrive, we do too. At Barclays our long-term aim is to create and curate a series of products, services and co-operative partnerships that improve the lives of people in the communities which we serve, whilst providing the commercial return to our shareholders.

Eagle Labs plays a pivotal role by fostering innovation and facilitating inclusive, shared growth for all across its communities.

Digital Catapult

Digital Catapult is a technology innovation Centre that unlocks digital growth in the UK economy. It works with companies of all sizes to transform their businesses by accelerating the practical application of digital innovation. We bridge the gap between research and industry, finding the right technologies to solve problems, increase productivity and open up new markets faster.

University of Reading

Home to 17,000 students, our award-winning campuses house contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafés and bars.

We have a global presence – with our Whiteknights and London Road campuses in Reading, Henley Business School at our Greenlands campus in Henley-upon-Thames, Henley Business School (South Africa) in Johannesburg, and the University of Reading Malaysia in Iskandar.


Kerlink has developed a complete range of equipment and network solutions said  in order to meet the needs of IoT market development and the constant-growing volume of data between equipment and remote servers.

Smart City Accelerator

The Innovation Catalyst and Barclays are launching a Smart City Accelerator programme. Companies developing IoT technologies in the Environment (built and general external), Health, Transport & Logistics and Food/consumer should be applying for the Programme.  If your application is successful you will get;

  • Six months in the Innovation Catalyst Community on the new Thames Valley Science Park
  • A two day strategy workshop followed by six master classes
  • 1:1 coaching/advice/mentoring
  • Technical input from partners and a technical network in partnership with the IoT meet up group and others
  • An opportunity to pitch/present to potential investors

Please click here for further detail.  Do call Ed Cooper for a chat if you wish – 07899 794794

About LoRaWAN IoT

LoRaWAN connects low-cost, battery-operated sensors over long distances, in applications that were previously cost prohibitive to connect. LoRaWAN gateways deployed on a building or tower can connect to sensors more than ten miles away. The LoRaWAN protocol offers bi-directionality, security, mobility and accurate localization that are not addressed by other IoT technologies. These benefits will enable the diverse use cases that will enable deployments of LoRaWAN IoT networks globally.




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