On September 9 2013, EVRYTHNG has organised the fourth International workshop on the Web of Things (http://www.webofthings.org/wot/2013/), taking place in Zurich and co- located with the notorious UBICOMP conference (http://www.ubicomp.org/ubicomp2013/). Kindly sponsored by the COMPOSE Project, the WoT2013 workshop has been a great success and the 40 available seats have been quickly sold out so that additional attendees had to sit on tables. In addition to the eight papers that have been presented, we had the chance to host two keynotes. The first was by Charalampos Doukas who is a Senior Researcher at CREATE-NET who introduced us the the vision of the COMPOSE project. The second keynote was by Hannes Gassert, who is the founder of opendata.ch and shared his experience in involving governments to build large scale open data sharing platforms.
As the tradition commands, we used the day before the conference to organize a hackathon on the Web of Things. The Hackathon gives attendees a chance to meet before the workshop in a very informal setting and get to know other researchers and discuss in depth about the latest technical developments in the Web of Things. In addition, it has been essential to keep the Hackathon free and open to all, which gives a chance for externals to participate and bring their own knowledge and points of views, and we had people from various disciplines attending, such as entrepreneurs, designers, or consultants. This year, the hackathon brought together a dozen of attendees from Portugal, Spain, UK, Germany, Korea, Switzerland and Italy. Thanks to the support of OpenPicus who have lent us a dozen full equipped flyport devices, we had a solid and programmable hardware platform to build prototypes with. The flyports were battery powered and connected using Wi-Fi, and also came with a range of sensors from temperature, motion, light, or pressure.
This Hackathon gave us the opportunity to test for the very first time the back-end engine we have been developing for the last months. In particular, we have been able to test the different components being developed by building a real end-to-end prototype with physical devices. A major deliverable in COMPOSE has been the specification of a highly scalable, open, and Web-based protocol called Web Streams which was heavily tested during the Hackathon. One of the main projects developed has been a smart kicker table that could talk to the COMPOSE infrastructure using Web streams in order to count goals for each team automatically. Thanks to the simplicity and openness of Web streams the whole prototype could be put together very rapidly using simple Web technologies.
For more information please visit: http://www.compose-project.eu/news/wot-hackathon-zurich