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Put your skills to the test at the Big IoT Hack

News release 8434, published on 21 Mar 2019
Could you design and develop the next smart technology? If you have a passion for technology and the digital, business, marketing or creative skills to match, come and join the best of Basingstoke's talent at the Big IoT Hack Weekend next month.

The two-day event, from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April, will see teams of digital developers, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and students putting their skills to work on a project of their choice.

Their challenge will be to develop new smart technology to make life easier for local residents, communities and businesses.

Jointly organised by the #GetLaunched collective, that brings together Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the SETsquared Partnership, TechJuice, DeskLodge and Incuhive, the weekend will be supported by Microsoft and Pycom and aims to help boost Basingstoke’s digital economy.

Taking place at DeskLodge, Basing View, participants will be invited to work in teams to develop a business plan and prototype solution before pitching them to a panel of expert judges who will select a winner.

Mentors from Microsoft and Pycom will be attending to give their support and the winning team will get the opportunity to create a company based on their ideas with six months’ free business support from SETsquared, the world’s leading university business incubator.

The hardware for internet connection and a cloud environment will be supplied to enable participants to gather data, pass it up to the cloud and build their product – they just need to bring a laptop or tablet.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Digital Innovation and Inclusion Cllr Hannah Golding said: “Technology is evolving so quickly and this provides us with near limitless opportunities.
“The Big IoT Hack builds on our previous successful events and is a fantastic platform for showcasing that Basingstoke is at the centre of technological innovation.

“It promises to be an intensive but fun weekend and I’m sure it will attract some of the best technical and entrepreneurial talent in the borough. I’m looking forward to seeing some exciting projects emerge over the weekend.
"It’s an opportunity for anybody with entrepreneurial and technical skills to make their mark and it could lead to the formation of new start-up companies in the borough.”
Find out more at http://www.basingstokebiz.com/Hackathon

If you’re interested in taking part, register at: https://thebigiothack.eventbrite.com/

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