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Hack weekend brings top talent together

News release 8468, published on 02 May 2019
Top digital developers and tech entrepreneurs joined with hobbyists and students for an intensive weekend of developing smart technology solutions for real life challenges. 

The Big IoT Hack Weekend, which ran from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 April at DeskLodge, Basing View, saw talented teams compete to develop new smart technology to make life easier for local residents, communities and businesses. IoT, or Internet of Things, is the extension of internet connectivity into physical devices and everyday objects.

Participants worked to develop a business plan and prototype solution before pitching them to a panel of expert judges.  

Up for grabs was a chance for the winning team to get the opportunity to create a company based on their ideas, with six months’ free business support from SETsquared, the world’s leading business incubator, of which Adrian Braine is the Entrepreneur in Residence. 

Each of the teams were praised for their creative pitches, and The A Team, who worked on a project to help make cycling safer in Basingstoke, was named as the winner. 

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Economy and Culture Manager Daniel Garnier said: “This intensive and fun weekend brought together some of the best technical and entrepreneurial talent in the borough and was an opportunity to showcase the remarkable innovation that is happening in Basingstoke.”

Lewis Oaten, a member the winning team, said: “We’ve got a real chance to make cycling safer in Basingstoke and if we can do that, that’s going to draw in more cyclists, it’s going to improve the environment and it’s going to help with future planning.

“We’ve been introduced to some great technology, Pycom and Microsoft Azure, and we’ve got a great team. It’s really presented an opportunity for us to go ahead and forge this new business plan.”

The weekend was jointly organised by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, the SETsquared Partnership, TechJuice and DeskLodge, which are all part of the #GetLaunched collective, and was supported by Microsoft and Pycom. 
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