GE’s Predix In Berlin
“Decarbonizing” is the hot buzzword of the year. With climate control science being a pressing topic, any country or industry that can shave even just a fraction off its carbon footprint can reap huge rewards. Decarbonized economies have better biodiversity, promises for booming employment, more competitive prices, and have better trade standing with other countries
In terms of modern infrastructure, industries all over the world are adopting advanced AI and IoT technology to improve automation and efficiencies: making trains run on time, eliminating waste in agriculture, and of course monitoring energy and making it more sustainable.
The Minds + Machines Europe 2017 Hackathon
Decarbonizing IIoT will be the main challenge at the upcoming 2017 Minds + Machines Hackathon in Berlin, Germany. The event will be held on – you are reading this correctly – a docked boat outside of Westhafen. It kicks off June 12th at 9 AM to June 13th at 5PM, with registration being €50 per person. You can register teams of up to five people at this event or pair up with individuals. It’s open to IT / UX / IoT pros and engineers, architects, and other industry professionals.
The hackathon is on a boat because it’s docked next to the Minds + Machines conference. Here’s a video from a presentation on health care at the 2016 Minds + Machines conference in San Francisco, just so you’re aware of what a happening conference this is.
After two days of buzzing on the hacker boat (keep saying it, it will become a thing), hackers get a whole day to check out the conference on the 14th, normally €700 per ticket, so it’s a whale of a deal.
GE Digital is the organizer for the conference and hackathon, which will be focused on using Predix as the Industrial IoT platform du jour. Predix is built for collecting and analyzing data from industrial machines, so it’s all about IoT gadgets and apps that talk to gizmos. It’s built on Cloud Foundry, the open source PaaS software originally calved from VMware. Generally, if you’re into Predix, you’re at the geek level where you can carry on a five-minute conversation using only acronyms gleaned from TED conferences.
If you’re not yet familiar with the tech, the in-depth webinars provided by GE before the hackathon will give you a thorough training invaluable for future IIOT projects.
Industrial Design Goals
What’s in your wish-list for a 21st century society? Whatever it is, chances are it will have some application in IoT and AI focused industrial design. Somewhere about the turn of the century, industrial design stopped being about separate software and hardware disciplines and became all about custom software that runs on just one kind of hardware with a specialized purpose of making it run smarter.
But the main focus of the M+M Hackathon is decarbonization. That’s not as specific as one might at first think; anything you can make happen in fewer steps, using less non-renewable energy, or performing a function with less waste goes towards reducing that process’ carbon footprint. Just to provide some inspiration, here’s somebody powering their Arduino using a homemade solar panel.
Therefore, you can now give a “brain” to any machine an Arduino can control without adding to its energy use. Now what software instructions could you use to make that machine run more efficiently? Opportunities are everywhere. Environments that need to be controlled for temperature, humidity, pressure, etc., can always be made more efficient. Sensors on an assembly line can help it run more efficiently by refining its coordination. Energy production and consumption everywhere can be streamed more efficiently.
Anybody heading for a hackathon of this nature can probably get all the inspiration they need by touring a few factories or plants. It’s one thing to theorize in an ivory tower (or on an ivory boat!), but another thing to see the real-world environment where a device would be employed.
We invite our Berlin-based readers to join this incredible hackathon and we offer you a discount code for FREE registration: bemyapp100.