Five years — that’s how long Minnesota’s largest Internet-of-all-the-things hackathon has been up and running now.
IoT Hack Day, as it’s aptly called, is happening this October 27th from 8am to 8pm.
Every year, around a hundred makers from across the state (and beyond) gather at Minnetronix HQ to conceive and create new IoT products, or perhaps even start a new company like HabitAware did back in 2014. Or Macchina, a 2016 IoT Hack Day grad, who went on to raise $140k on Kickstarter to help people ‘root their ride’.
In the end, it’s all about rolling up the sleeves and getting hands on with a bunch of like minded individuals.
“Everything about IoT Hack Day is free, even the food” explains co-organizer Justin Grammens, adding “We fund this for the community-based on surplus from our annual conference, intentionally eliminating any financial barrier.” Organizationally, he’s joined by Patrick Delaney, Kristina Durivage, Daniel Feldman, Eric Nyaribo and Jen Deglmann.
There will be a cash prize for the winning teams with additional hardware giveaways offered up. Opportunity knocks, makers.
And for those who think it’s hard to hire in this market, Grammens notes that savvy sponsors are actively investing and scouting new prospects through the event. “We’ve seen firsthand how actively engaged sponsors can identify and recruit new talent from IoT Hack Day,” he says.
Also celebrating a give year anniversary is the LED Costumes event for kids and caretakers, which runs concurrently with IoT Hack Day.