I just came from the Intel press conference at Mobile World Congress where Renee James announced the new Intel Developer Program for Internet of Things (IoT) and I’m already hearing we have 75 developers lined up to get their hands on the devkits at our first IoT Hackathon happening just down the street.
We’ve created this new IoT developer program to aid hobbyists, students and entrepreneurial developers in turning their ideas into apps for the Internet of Things. The program includes a devkit, tools, training and developer outreach. In the devkit are software tools and services from Intel and Wind River together with an Arduino compatible Intel® Galileo development board. For cloud connectivity the kit provides the IoT Analytics Platform as a Service based on Hadoop, the Mashery API Network with access to over 50 Mashery-powered APIs, and sample code for connecting to 3rd party cloud services.
As I write this, the first developers are now unpacking the devkit at the hackathon here in Barcelona and ready to spend the next 24 hours creating something cool. This is a dry run for a world-wide series of hackathons we’ll kick off later this year. At the hackathons we’ll be distributing thousands of the devkits and developers can compete in the IoT Explorer Challenge. This is a global challenge with developers around the world competing to create the best IoT applications. Grand prizes include travel packages such as a Polar Expedition, Himalayas Heli Safari tour, and a Seven Wonders of the World tour.
As a part of the Intel Developer Program for IoT, we’re also working with top universities including Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and others, to educate students on Internet of Things technologies. On top of the 50,000 boards distributed through the previously announced Galileo academic program, universities can get access to software dev kits, technical support and sample codes through the Intel® Developer Zone.
Here at MWC we’re demoing a Galileo controlled slot car race track. If you are here, come by and say hello at the Intel AppPlanet booth in Hall 8.1. Otherwise, you can join the community here and we’ll let you know when there’s a hackathon taking place in your area