Sigfox, the global Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) connectivity provider, hosted a final pitch event in the San Francisco Bay Area on NOV 15th in which participants of Sigfox’s inaugural Hacking House program, hosted at 42 Silicon Valley, presented 3 IoT solutions to real-world problems to technologists and mentors.
Sigfox’s first-ever Hacking House program drew 12 participants – including developers, students, and freelancers from around the globe – who underwent intensive IoT and Sigfox technology training over the course of 3 months. Applying their IoT knowledge and working in collaboration with Sigfox device makers, project managers, and startup executives, participants operated in project teams to create three IoT solutions to some of today’s most pressing technological, environmental and business problems using Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) connectivity.
The IoT solutions developed and presented for the first time at the Hacking House final pitch event include:
- Lali Wildfire Detection – created in response to California’s recent wildfires, this application alerts firefighters when and where a fire starts, providing them with the key information needed to quickly reach and contain the fire before causing widespread damage.
- Connected Seals – designed to create accountability within container shipping, this solution alerts companies engaged in import and export activity when container seals are removed. In contrast to competitive solutions, this application delivers the information needed in a simple, cost-effective and recyclable way.
- 42 Robolab – to help retailers deliver top-notch customer experiences in an e-commerce-dominated world, this application powers a connected shelf, tracking inventory in real-time, providing data on top-performing products enabling retailers to intelligently manage orders.
Based on disruptive and feasibility criteria, the panel of judges – which included Tim Robinson from IBM, Ethan Haigh from HAX, Geraldine Le Meur from The Refiners and Raouti Chehih from Sigfox, as well as experts from vertical industries spanning logistics, retail, and forest protection – evaluated teams on their abilities to deliver a product or a service to targeted industries. Every team will benefit from a post-program follow-up as alumni of the Hacking-House program. The three teams will also receive full support from Sigfox to continue their projects as startups or individual projects. This includes support from Sigfox’s network of accelerators, incubators, VCs and investors, to help teams transform their ideas into real products and services.