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One hack to make them all… One bot to rule them!

They moved, they shimmied, they even kept in tune with some Sri Lankan papare music, andhack-logo  we are not talking about the students of Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing, although they showed us some off-the-charts talent themselves. It was all about the bot stuff at the WSO2 Hackathon 2015!

Partnering with Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) and the Computer Science Club (CSC), the WSO2 Hackathon set the stage exclusively for SoIC students to unleash their brilliance in robotics technology. Held April 18 at Indiana University Bloomington, all 20 participants (6 teams and 2 individuals) successfully completed the challenge of building an autonomous robot in eight hours, connecting it to the WSO2 middleware platform.

Team Double Stuffed Corey-O’s emerged winners of the hackathon based on overall performance. Team members Jessica Pusateri, Corey Denault and Dakota Langdon walked away with a Bose QuietComfort® 25 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® headphone each.

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#WSO2Hackathon was trending on Twitter throughout the day, with Tyler Citrin from team Squad being awarded a Beats Pill Speaker & Holder for his entertaining tweets. Xiaoyue Hong from team Soysan won a Huawei TalkBand B2 for the best selfie during the hackathon.

Apart from these prizes, two deserving roboticists from SoIC who showed exceptional talent during the hackathon, Di Zhong and Corey Denault, were awarded fully sponsored one month long summer internships at the WSO2 Office in Sri Lanka, inclusive of a week-long tour across the island.

This eight hour hackathon was the second in a series of WSO2 Hackathons, focusing on specific areas of expertise in the industry. The objective for this hackathon was for the robots to capture motion and environmental changes via sensors, and perform specific tasks in their given environment. This challenge thereby focused heavily on the Internet of Things (IoT), and how more connected devices and applications are in today’s rapidly advancing connected world.

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The talent unearthed at Indiana University was nothing short of exceptional. “The hackathon went beyond our expectations. It was a success not only in terms of fostering greater use of open source technologies and IoT architecture, but also in terms of encouraging innovation among this new community of coders”, said Director of API Architecture at WSO2, Sumedha Rubasinghe. “We are definitely looking at hosting similar events in the future.”

The winning team, Double Stuffed Corey-O’s, said, “It was a lot of fun, first of all, we had a great time. We’ve never had this kind of experience with robotics. It was cool to see your code actually do something physical in the real world!”

Team member Jessica Pusateri also added about the WSO2 Hackathon “I can’t even imagine how much planning went into (organizing) this, because it all went really smoothly. It was really really fun!”

Visit http://wso2hackathon.com/ for more information about WSO2 Hackathons

Guest Blog: Speeding Delivery of Affordable E-Health With WSO2

The good news is that modern technology is helping us to live longer. According to the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme, some 25% of the population in the European Union will be over 65 by the year 2020, and the number of people aged 65 to 80 years will rise by 40% between 2010 and 2030.

The challenge before us is to ensure that as people age, we can enable them to live independently and experience the highest quality of life possible—and do so in a way that is affordable for individuals and governments. Addressing that demand has been a key priority here in the Active Independent Living (AIL) group within Barcelona Digital Technology Center (BDigital).

We have built eKauri, a non-invasive e-health and smart home platform that empowers seniors to gain autonomy, participate in modern society, and achieve independence through eKauri1solutions based on information and communications technologies (ICT). It includes a patient application that provides a range of services activated by the users—for example a home media center and video conferencing—plus sensors that monitor the patient’s activities and environment. A second care center module gives caregivers and managers tools for such activities as monitoring and managing patients and handling patient alarms, among many others.

The cloud-enabled eKauri platform takes advantage of credit-card sized Raspberry Pi computers and Z-Wave wireless home automation devices within patients’ homes. It also relies on four eKauri2products from the open source WSO2 Carbon enterprise middleware platform: WSO2 API Manager, WSO2 Identity Server, WSO2 Enterprise Service Bus and WSO2 Application Server. Together, these products enable eKauri to tie together data, applications and services across a range of applications, computers and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Notably, all WSO2 products extend from its Carbon base, so it created a seamless environment that allowed for our programmers to rapidly gain an understanding of the technology as well as accelerate our integration and product development.

Because our charter is to develop technology that commercial partners can then deliver as solutions to the market, we wanted to provide a minimally viable version that our commercial partners could start using by January 2015. By speeding our development with WSO2, we were able to complete the first minimally viable version of eKauri in October 2014, three months ahead of schedule, and we already have a built-in market and clients that want to pay for the product.

With a rapidly aging population worldwide, we need to move quickly to bring new solutions to market that enhance the health and quality of life for senior citizens. WSO2 has played an important role in helping us meet that demand with eKauri.

WSO2 recently published a case study about our use of its products with eKauri. You can read it here: http://wso2.com/casestudies/bdigital-delivers-e-health-and-smart-home-platform-using-the-wso2-carbon-platformJoan_Protasio

 

Joan Protasio, AIL Software Engineer, BDigital E-Health R&D Group

WSO2 Featured in DZone’s 2014 Guide to the Internet of Things

We are happy to be recognized as a featured vendor in DZone’s 2014 Guide to the Internet of Things, a report focused on IoT development trends, strategies, and tools. The guide includes:DZR_IoT_VendorButton

  • Expert opinions and tips
  • Industry knowledge
  • Product and platform comparisons

Readers of the guide will get an overview of the IoT industry and learn about some issues that developers are facing in IoT. Topics covered by the guide include an introduction to IoT, IoT protocol and development issues, and what the future will look like for IoT.

DZone’s IoT guide also offers key insights into development practices for IoT through a survey of more than 2000 developers and experts, allowing readers to learn opinions and trends from the best and brightest in the developer community. Additionally, the guide’s solutions directory compares IoT hardware, product lines, and platforms to help developers wisely choose the tools they need.

Download a free copy of the guide here.

To learn more about WSO2 open platform for IoT see here.

WSO2 Summer School returns for the sixth year

It is officially summer in the northern hemisphere and as always we are happy to summer-school-2014-logobring you our popular Summer School program. Since 2009, our interactive web-based program has helped thousands of architects and developers learn about upcoming technologies and best practices for integrating and deploying enterprise applications.

This year for our sixth year of Summer School, we have exciting new classes on IoT to discuss the latest developments and get a deeper understanding of the challenges that lie ahead.

I will be kicking off the first session tomorrow, providing an introduction and reference architecture for IoT. This session will be followed by:

Don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to boost your knowledge on the evolving needs of  today’s enterprise – register today!

– Afkham Azeez, Director of Architecture at WSO2