Continuous growth in developing open source software and availability of Cloud Storage (Online data storage) is on the rise, no doubt, and Intel at UEAB is at the fore front of this revolution. Intel IoT Hackathon was another success. The event saw 83 attendees converge at the Information Systems and Computing (ISC) Main lab, to explore and improve their skill using Intel Galileo and Intel XDK IoT Edition and to create solutions for our society. The attendees came from different departments in the university because of the interest they had on IoT. However, majority of the attendees came from ISC and Technology departments as expected. The major focus of the event was to introduce the attendees into the IoT world using Intel Galileo and Intel XDK IoT Edition.
The event kicked off at 9.35 am after a good number of attendees had arrived at the venue, Victor Sidho who is the Intel Student Partner (ISP) at the university gave a welcoming keynote address thanking everyone for arriving and encouraging them to participate actively during the event. He then took the audience through the event schedule and made them aware that the event was fully sponsored by Intel. Attendees were urged to create awareness through the social media platforms using the hashtags #IoTUEAB and #IntelAtUEAB.
Mr. Onsongo Nyamwaya [HoD, ISC] took the floor and introduced the Internet of Things (IoT) from the perspective of networking. He simply defined it as an environment in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. He also emphasized that IoT leads to a shift in how networks are designed and therefore we should embrace it.
Thereafter, Marvin Ngesa, ISP-Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT), gave a deeper overview of IoT by use of examples of what they do at their institution. He showed out different video clips on what they do and also what Intel Worldwide team is doing to better the world using IoT. He also gave an introduction of the 5G network stating that the mobile industry makes an evolutionary leap every 10 years; giving the advantages of the network. He challenged the attendees to be part of the making of 5G network.
Ngetich Towett, ISP- Moi University, who was present in the venue was given a chance to speak. He then encouraged non-IT students to embrace and love technology and that it is never too late for them to do amazing things using Intel IoT. He inspired most of them by giving an example of himself that he is not pursuing a course related to IT. He urged the attendees to attend an Intel event that he is organizing at the Moi University-main campus on May 27th, 2016.
The afternoon session was conducted by Ngesa Marvin. The session was a practical implementation of what the attendees had learnt during the morning session. Victor, Marvin and Towett grouped the attendees into 6 groups and each group was given the Intel Galileo Kit for development. Marvin then took the newbies into step by step installation of Intel Galileo drivers and the Arduino IDE then showed them the code structure. .He advised the audience to later apply the knowledge in building something that could solve problems in our own country.
Towards the end of the event, the attendees managed to make Temperature Controllers and were very happy and thankful for what they had learnt. The event came to a close at 4.35pm with closing remarks from Victor Sidho. He thanked Ngesa Marvin and Ngetich Towett for taking their time to attend and participate in the event. He also thanked the lecturers who were there at the event: Mr Onsongo Nyamwaya, Mr. Ochola Micah and Mrs. Rose Nyamwamu.
He also made a special gratitude to Intel for granting them such an amazing opportunity. He couldn’t forget to thank his organizing committee: Oluchi Ibeneme, Naomi Kirui and Edward Kipkalya for the success of the event.
Many thanks to God for the successful turn out of events.