Students to invent and showcase their innovative uses for the data of the physical world, competing for $10,000 in scholarship money
The Global IoT Datathon, in which students ranging from secondary through graduate school levels will produce applications for machine-generated data, has opened for pre- registration. The competition offers awards and rewards to students including $10,000 in scholarship money. Tapping into the world’s largest index of IoT data provided by Terbine, student submissions can include visualizations, analytical projects, controlling robots, augmented or virtual reality renderings, and many others.
The goals of the Datathon are to foster original thinking that does not typically come from corporate uses, whilst exciting budding engineers, software developers, mathematicians and others about the opportunities that the Internet of Things is bringing to almost every aspect of society.
“IoT data is now being generated at an incredible volume and velocity, and people are interested in how to best utilize it,” said David Knight, CEO of Datathon anchor sponsor Terbine. “We are proud to offer over 20,000 data feeds sourced from public agencies around the world to students, giving them the opportunity to come up with new uses and applications that can benefit businesses and consumers alike.”
Judges for the Datathon include Dr. Jane Macfarlane, Director of the Smart Cities and Sustainable Mobility Center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Gregory Waters, former CEO of Integrated Device Technology, and others drawn from academia and industry.
The Datathon is the first in a planned series that will encompass a range of themes, starting with Smart Cities & Transportation and culminating with Climate Change. In addition to scholarship funds, awards include special recognitions that can help students with college applications or securing STEM-based jobs after graduation.
Datathon I with the theme Smart Cities & Transportation will commence on October 14th and run for two weeks. Participants must be at least 16 years of age and can enter their email address to be placed on the countdown list. They will then be invited to complete their registrations and receive full instructions prior to the beginning of the Datathon. Pre-registration is on www.iotdatathons.com
About Terbine (Datathon Anchor Sponsor): Terbine is evolving the first large-scale exchange for machine-generated data – things like vehicle counters, sound levels, powerline loading, carbon emissions and crop density. Terbine’s highly curated data handling system makes sensor information accessible, actionable, and trustworthy for applications across a broad range of industries including government agencies, and provides for data monetization where desired. www.terbine.com