Hello world, welcome to the last day of 2021!
It’s hard to believe, but another year has come to an end with all of us adapting to this big disruption and living in the “new normal”.
2021 has been an exciting year for Seeed and as it draws to a close, we would love to get a little introspective with the “The Year 2021 in Review – By the Month.”
Why do it by Month? Starting from May, every first week, we publish a Monthly Wrap-up featuring makers, projects, news, technical updates, and many more for the community. On this last day of 2021, I’d like to highlight some special moments in each month. They may not relate to greatness, but these are certainly special and meaningful.
⏰Long blog alter! Be patient and you will get a clear timeline of the community development and some special recall moments of the passing of 2021! 😜
Seeed exhibited at The Things Conference 2021 with a virtual booth where we presented our LoRaWAN devices. Shuyang Zhou, Sales Director at Seeed gave a speech on “The Shortest Pathway for Creating a LoRa Device”.
Jan 29: SenseCAP for Smart City
SenseCAP LoRaWAN Gateway and Sensors were deployed in the Vanke Design Community in Shenzhen. It aims to collect environmental data to build up a smart city system.
Our first ever tutorial book “Coding by Gaming: Develop Games on Handheld Console GameGO Using Microsoft Arcade ” was published by Tsinghua University Press, one of the leading publishing houses in China. The book was written by LeiFeng, Curriculum Development Lead at Seeed, with the aim to lower the barrier for young creators to code.
We were honored to work with Microsoft and FFA to release the FarmBeats for Students Kit, which brings hardware, software, free curricula and activities to school and home for learning AI, ML, IoT & data science in digital agriculture.
Mar 27: Arduino Day & Raspberry Jam 2021
Virtual party time for the community. To celebrate Arduino Day and Raspberry Jam 2021, we broke two records by emerging two events into one and we did it online together with 1000+ participants from all over the country.
Seeed IIoT SenseCAP series were exhibited at Beijing International Wisdom Agricultural Equipment and Technology Exhibition and The IoTea – smart high-mountain tea plantation project, which is empowered by SenseCAP, has been selected as one of the Best Smart Agriculture Use Cases.
Our reTerminal has been listed on the Azure Certified Device catalog with the IoT Plug and Play certification, offering a more convenient and efficient approach to developing IoT solutions.
Benjamin Cabe’s Artificial Nose, which is powered by Wio Terminal, Grove sensors and Edge Impulse, was featured on the cover of Make:zine Vol 77 and many other media, and communities later on.
We’ve announcement the crossover collaboration with the one-stop simplified software platform Blokdots. With the partnership, Blokdots supports our Seeeduino Lotus and Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino® for people who want to create prototypes without coding.
To embrace the emerging Machine Learning, our first ever TinyML landing page was live with the whole collection of products, software, community project tutorials, online courses, technical updates and more.
Wio Terminal and 3 Grove sensors (Watchdog (VL53L0X ToF Sensor), Dust Sensor (HM3301) and LCD display) got the Azure IoT Plug&Play certified. All listed on the Azure Certified Device Catalog which can be easily used with the Wio Terminal and Azure IoT!
Our first ever Product & Service Catalog was published. With this comprehensive online catalog, we hope to help you to accurately explore, locate, and discover the whole galaxy of our products and services at a glance.
To leverage the partnership, we announced a new partnership with Raspberry Pi that Seeed became an official Raspberry Pi Approved Design Partner to support more industrial projects powered by Raspberry Pi.
By partnering with Edge Impulse, we re-launched our CodeCraft as the Graphical Programming Platform for TinyML. It means you can use drag-and-drop to code for embedded Machine Learning projects.
Jul 26: Workshop for XINSTITUTE
We organized a 2-day workshop based on our Grove Beginner Kit for Arduino for 33 students of XINSTITUTE. It’s always a pleasure to work with young people and helping them get started with open source hardware just amplified the pleasure.
“SDG Summer School 2021: Open Source Health Solutions” was held by Geneva Tsinghua Initiative (GTI) and supported by United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). We joined the program as a community partner that hosted 8 students at our maker space Chaihuo x.factory with workshop trainings and logistics support.
We worked with Design Society, the team manages the first design museum here in Shenzhen to carry out an onsite forum, a 2-day hands-on workshop for designers to tap into the world of open source hardware, and one online maker survey for local communities!
Sep 17: Mid Autumn Festival Party
To celebrate the Mid-Autumn Festival, we threw a special party at our office with lots of gaming, barbecue, alcohol, and snacks.
To accelerate precision farming to maintain an good environmental conditions for livestock, Seeed, Digi-Key and Machinechat collaborated to make a ready-to-be-deployed IIoT solution, that measures, transfers, aggregates, and visualizes the real-time environmental data of temperature, humidity, light intensity, and air quality.
Founder and CEO, Eric Pan, had the honor to participate as a guest speaker at the webinar on “Open Source, Accelerating AI Innovation”, a series event of AI for Good organized by UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
We announced a new partnership with computer-aided design (CAD) model providers SnapEDA, to provide instant access to thousands of CAD modules directly from the Open Parts Libraries (OPL). With SnapEDA approved models, utilizing the Open Parts libraries in your design has never been easier.
We were invited to do a workshop at tinyML Asia 2021. Our Application Engineer Huiying LAI led a workshop for over 60 participants on Graphical Programming for TinyML, the Easiest Way to Start with Embedded ML.
Graphical Programming Platform for TinyML “Codecraft” was nominated as a Finalist for BETT Awards 2022. It’s an international recognition and also a true honor for us.
Small twists and turns are the new normal when we still have COVID-19 around. We postponed our Maker Faire Shenzhen 2021 but to cheer up the community here in China, we did an online Lightening Project Sharing Session with over 3000 audience participated!
The greatly awaited XIAO BLE and XIAO BLE Sense were released. Both based on the Nordic nRF52840, they brought the first ever feature of being wireless to our Seeed XIAO family.
We’re featured in Sensirion’s Partner Spotlight!! It has been a great journey that Sensirion and Seeed have been sharing together over the last few years to bring more sensing technologies to a wider community of developers in an open-sourced hardware way.
We exhibited at the first Beyond Expo Macao with our edge computing devices, IIoT solutions and SDG efforts. Eric was also invited to speak at 2 forums on open tech for sustainability.
We took the honor to join the IF 2022 Conference, organized by the GeekPark. Eric gave a 20-min keynote speech to share with over 1000 participants about the significant role that makers play in moving forward edge-cutting technology innovations.
We won two Helium Noble Awards:
🏆 Seeed SenseCAP Wireless Soil Moisture & Temperature Sensor won the 1st place in the Favorite Device Category
🥈 Seeed SenseCAP M1 Indoor Gateway won the 2nd place in the Favorite Hotspot Category
Dec 31: Seeed’s 2021 in Number
For the last entry, we’d love to share some meaningful numbers with you all:
259 Seeeders who worked hard from our offices in China, Japan, USA, and some even stay away from Sri Lanka to serve and support for our growing community
1170 makers participated in our offline 2-day workshop at x.factory and started their journey of creating things with open tech
70,000+ online orders of our official store and Fusion prototyping services
10,0000 SenseCAP M1 Indoor Gateways made their way to the globe connecting to the People’s Network starting from July, 2021
1000000+ community members including who are readying this long year in review shared this amazing 2021 with us
Well, there you have it – 2021 at Seeed in a nutshell! Thanks again for a wonderful year and we can’t wait to see what 2022 will bring us! We wish every single one of you a Happy New Year! And I want to share this famous quote from Star Wars: New Hope, as new year wishes as well: “The force will be with you. Always.”
Last but certainly not least, we’ll have a 3-day holiday to celebrate the brand new 2022, and we’ll resume operations on January 3rd (Tuesday). Until next year!