MORRISVILLE – Next week, local Internet of Things enthusiasts will get a chance to hone their skills and network with Triangle employers at RIoT Developer Day, held at Wake Technical Community College’s new RTP campus.
The event, set for August 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., is geared towards experienced IoT technologists, but there are several 101-style sessions for folks who are new to the field. Registration is free and open to the public.
Participants can join a series of hands-on workshops and demos presented by the Wireless Research Center, DNA Group, Arrow Electronics, Klarrio, InfluxDB, Semtech, Pratt & Miller, Bandwidth and CrossComm. The presenters are looking to meet local job seekers to fill new positions.
Session topics range from streaming to open-source and mesh networking to 5G and LoRa (long range, “the DNA of IoT, connecting sensors to the Cloud and enabling real-time communication of data and analytics that can be utilized to enhance efficiency and productivity,” says tech firm Stecmtech) to human-machine interface design.
Advance Auto Parts will also be bringing a car on-site to show participants how to hack the on-board diagnostics (ODB) port on their car.
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Developer Day also features a community hackathon presented by Triangle startup NC Clear Path. The objective is to help the City of Raleigh improve its accessibility by mapping wheelchair pedestrian paths.
Attendees will get to explore Wake Tech Community College’s new RTP campus, which opened last August to support individuals and companies near Research Triangle Park. The campus hosts continuing workforce education programs in Wake Tech’s IT and business career tracks. Dr. Keith Babuszczak, dean of Wake Tech’s Computer Technologies Division, will lead attendees on a tour through the new facility.
RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder says the purpose of the program is to provide a channel for developers to learn new hardware and software technologies and build their skill sets.
“We believe continuing education is important whether you are developing in your company, in transition looking for a new job, or simply want to stay abreast of what new tech companies are using,” Snyder added.
Developer Day tracks with RIoT’s mission to support developers and entrepreneurs who are building IoT solutions ranging from machine learning to blockchain to 5G and beyond. Earlier this month, RIoT partnered with the City of Raleigh’s Impact Partner Grant program to present a two-part workshop (coming up on August 20) to help small business owners embrace IoT solutions in running their operations.
The organization also recently tapped eight IoT-focused startups across the U.S. for its 12-week RIoT Accelerator Program (RAP).
Folks who are interested in attending Developer Day can check out the full list of sessions here.