Hands-On Hardware: An Orlando IoT & Open Code Mashup

Ever wanted to dip your toe into the Internet of Things waters but weren’t sure where to start? Come create your very own IoT project – we’ll help you with everything you need to get started. At the end, you’ll have created a device to remotely monitor temperature anywhere where there’s a WiFi connection!

Step 1: Learning

Come learn about the Particle Cloud¬†and Particle Photon, the software and hardware that will help you get up and running quickly with IoT. An overview of IoT basics and this particular hardware/software combination will be given, as will the steps that will need to be taken to complete the project you’ll be creating in Step 2.

This event will be held at the Orlando IoT Meetup on March 1st, 2017 at the Orlando Public Library at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

RSVP for Step 1 on Orlando IoT’s Meetup page.

Step 2: Doing

Now that you’ve got the theory, come do the project! You won’t need to go it alone: you’ll have two partners and one IoT Mentor at your side to help you through each step of the project. With two hours of time to make this thing tick, you’ll likely have some extra time to play with additional sensors – maybe you want to measure humidity, or light, or something else!

This event will be held at the Open Code Meetup on March 13th, 2017 at the Iron Yard from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

RSVP for Step 2 on Open Code’s Meetup page.

All necessary hardware will be provided to use (but not to keep) for a nominal fee of $10. We’ll keep the hardware on hand for future projects at Open Code! Just pay at the door of the Orlando IoT Meetup. If you need help with the moolah, send me a message at jporcenaluk@gmail.com or Tweet at me @jporcenaluk. I really don’t want that to be a barrier to entry if you really want to learn this stuff!

If you want to keep the hardware, here’s the list of things to purchase:

You can get them anywhere you want, but I put links to Amazon to make it easy. It adds up, but buying in bulk makes things a lot cheaper (and you probably have a Micro USB cable on hand). Hold off on buying things until you come to Part 1, as we may have ways to make things bit cheaper.


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