VT Networks has thrown its support behind Ireland’s first IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon, to be held Oct. 7-9 at the PorterShed in Galway.

 Participants will be creating IoT solutions that connect with IBM’s Watson — a powerful cognitive engine. Experts will be on hand to provide guidance throughout the process, from hardware and software prototyping to pitching their idea.



VT Networks will be offering use of developer kits, free connectivity and support to any participants that experiment or develop with SIGFOX — a low-power, wide-area network (LPWAN) dedicated to the Internet of Things.


“We believe there is fantastic potential to combine SIGFOX and the power of Watson. Our network can transport data from a large number of sensors to the cloud efficiently and affordably, where Watson can provide advanced insights and analytics,” said Patrick Robinson, Director of Business Development at VT Networks.



Participants will be eligible for prizes, and will also own the intellectual property behind anything they create during the event. This event is ideal for developers, technologists, startups, students, researchers and post graduates.

 Refreshments will be provided, and participants who are deep into development are welcome to bring a sleeping bag and catch a nap while they work through the night.

 Sponsors include IBM, Atlantec and Cisco. For more information, or to register, visit http://porterhack.devpost.com/.


Where: PorterShed, Galway
Oct. 7-9
Advanced registration required:


About VT Networks

VT, which was founded in 2014, operates the SIGFOX network in Ireland, providing the country’s first commercial IoT network with its infrastructure partner 2RN, the engineering arm of RTE. For more information, visit www.vtnetworks.ie,https://twitter.com/VTNetworks, www.linkedin.com/company/vt-networks or www.facebook.com/vtnetworksiot.



SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of low-bandwidth connectivity that is dedicated to the IoT. The French company maintains the cloud and core network in France, while partnering with local operators to roll out networks across the world. For more information, visit www.sigfox.com.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

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