Posts Tagged ‘internet of things’

Open Data Manchester

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Open Data Manchester

Title: Open Data Manchester
Location: MadLab
Description: Open Data in Manchester
Start Time: 18:30
Date: 2012-01-31
End Time: 20:30

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Open Data Manchester is a meetup for all people who are interested in making data open for the benefit of citizens, businesses and public bodies alike. The meetings are mix of presentation, conversation and sharing of tips, hacks and data.

The event is an open forum and free.

If you want to get more involved with Open Data in Manchester there is an active Googlegroup here

2012 will be a landmark year for open data. There will be a number of Government and EU policy decisions will take hold and open data will help dig us all out of the economic mess that we find ourselves in – well that is what a number of people have been saying anyway.

The last Open Data Manchester was fascinating with Paul Gallagher giving an insight as to how the Manchester Evening News uses, collects data. This was particularly relevant to the coverage of the riots during and after. More detail can be found on the Open Data Manchester website.

We will be welcoming Craig Berry – Information Manager at TfGM and Dave Busby – Integrated Systems Manager. Craig has been key in helping TfGM release open data and Dave’s area is multi-modal transportation and realtime systems. They will be on hand to update as to how and when the next releases of data will happen.

There are also a couple of initiatives that will be starting up in Manchester around Open Data and Internet of Things and hopefully we will be able to reveal some details

Other Open Data related news. If you fancy doing a presentation or if you have anything to add just let us know by posting to the Googlegroup

See you there.

Premium Pachube account with Internet of Things course

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

The lovely people at Pachube have taken the opportunity to sponsor our Omniversity Building the Internet of Things course. This means, they are offering a free upgrade to a Pachube Premium account to every participant who attends, giving them the best possible Pachube experience.

So what is it? Essentially, it is a on-line database service provider for developers to connect sensor data to the web, and upon that build their own applications. Its a data brokerage platform, which created a list for the Internet of Things, managing millions of data points per day from thousands of individuals, organisations and companies across the world. From this, you can store, share and discover realtime sensor, energy and environment data from objects, devices and buildings, from anywhere you wish.

Pachube Connecting to Devices and Sensors


Building the Internet of Things – Arduino and Ethernet (IOT)02

Monday, May 9th, 2011


Title: Building the Internet of Things – Arduino and Ethernet (IOT)02
Location: MadLab
Description: Omniversity course exploring the Ethernet shield, which make an excellent platform to explore the Internet of Things.
Start Time: 10:00
Date: 2011-07-02
End Time: 17:30
Sign up: Building the Internet of Things at the Omniversity

The Arduino boards have become the de facto choice for physical computing projects and, with the addition of an Ethernet shield, make an excellent platform on which to explore the Internet of Things.

Want your letterbox to email you whenever the postman has been? Needa clock to show you where your loved ones are? Or a glowing multi-coloured ambient orb to show your energy usage? This course will get you started on the road to realising your own Internet-connected projects.

Bubblino blowing tweet triggered bubbles

Real World Examples

Beside the Bubblino, check out this clock that tracks your loved ones.

What you need to be familiar with

You’ll need to know how to use your computer, edit files, and save them.

A familiarity with Arduino is also essential – we won’t be covering the Arduino basics. If you haven’t worked with Arduino before then you should take the Beginners guide to Arduino and Physical Computing course first.

Software and costs

The fee of the course is £132, and includes an Ethernet shield, selection of components, wires and cables.
arduino ethernet shield with mini sd connector
All software is freely available and copies will be distributed with the course materials on the day.
We will be using the Arduino IDE, version 0021, which can be downloaded from for all platforms.

Equipment you’ll need

You will need to bring a computer, ideally a laptop, with a recent version of Linux, Windows or OSX installed. You will need a USB interface on this computer. You’ll also need to bring an Arduino with you – either an Uno or a Duemilanove.

Suggested preparatory work

  • Install the Arduino IDE
  • Make sure the application starts and runs properly on your computer – on some Linux distributions, you need to install extra software.

About the tutor

The course is lead by Adrian McEwen, creator of the

If you are interested in this course head over to the Omniversity!

Building the Internet of Things – Arduino and Ethernet (IOT)02