Daryl Wilding-McBride & Andy Gelme – 31 Mar | 1, 3 Apr


Our objective is to show you how easy and rewarding it is to get involved with building the IoT, using some practical examples of technology at each end of the IoT spectrum:

A low-power mesh network radio module that support IPv6 / 6LoWPAN and runs the Contiki open-source operating system.
An autonomous flying robot that can find a lost bushwalker and drop a bottle of water to them.

Using these pieces of the IoT we will show some examples and demonstrations of what can be done by applying and extending the technical skills you already have, by leveraging the very approachable open source hardware and software that’s becoming available now. We’ll include some pointers for what technologies to use and how to get started.


ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Daryl Wilding-McBride and Andy Gelme

When Daryl Wilding-McBride graduated in Electronics Engineering from RMIT in the mid-1980s, he was unable to find his dream job designing VLSI chips in Australia, but he found real-time control software for scientific instruments just as interesting. Later he worked on control systems for air traffic control radars, and enterprise web and mobile software. With the growing emergence of the Internet of Things over the last few years, and ubiquitous sensing before that, he has found good reason to dust off his embedded software toolchains, prototyping breadboard, and soldering iron, initially for fun and more lately for profit as part of his work as CTO at DiUS. He is particularly interested in low-power mesh radio networks, autonomous flying robots, and solving social problems by applying these technologies and creating shared value.


Andy Gelme started hacking as a teenager when microprocessors were first available and you had to build your own computer. His software career has included the spectrum of computing … from supercomputers to embedded controllers. Since 2000, Andy has been working in the areas of building automation and the Internet of Things, including technical lead for ekoLiving resulting in the MeemPlex open-source project. Establishing the Melbourne HackerSpace in 2009, he works at being part of a growing and passionate technical community that accomplishes game-changing hacks, welcoming all who are interested, regardless of experience. Recently, he co-founded LIFX, starting with an extraordinary KickStarter campaign to create mesh-networked LED light-bulbs. Andy is a committer to the Eclipse Paho team (IoT and MQTT).




5:30pm Welcome networking with refreshments
6:00pm Presentation “Hands-on with the Internet of Things” followed by Q&A
7:30pm Networking refreshments and close





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