On November 14-15th, the Hackster Impact Summit 2023 concluded with resounding success, bringing together visionaries, community enthusiasts, and industry leaders to explore the transformative power of technology in creating resilient and sustainable urban environments. The two-day virtual event featured insightful discussions, live workshops and the crowning moment—the announcement of the prestigious Hackster Impact Award.
As a proud sponsor of the event, Seeed Studio played a significant role in the “Technology Resiliency In Urban Environments” panel discussion, showcasing groundbreaking projects and engaging with our community.
Key Takeaways from the Panel Discussion: "Technology Resiliency In Urban Environments"
The engaging panel discussion, moderated by Bijal (Bee) Hayes-Thakore, Vice President of Marketing at Kigen, brought to light crucial dimensions of technology resiliency. Our Business Development Manager, Violet Su, shared valuable insights alongside esteemed panelists:
- Andrew Lamb: Chair, Internet of Production Alliance
- Kevin Schmidt: Specialist – Urban Innovation, Technologies, and Digitalization, UNDP
- Renuka Thakore: Founder, Global Sustainable Futures Network CIC (GSFN)
Discussions revolved around technology’s role in creating robust urban environments, emphasizing participatory involvement, community capacity building, and the importance of identifying and understanding problems for effective community support. Violet has also showcased two impactful case studies, demonstrating how Seeed Studio’s technology addresses urban challenges:
- Urban Flooding Monitoring Solution: Utilizing SenseCAP for LoRaWAN® weather and environmental monitoring stations for early flood detection and risk mitigation. (Image 1: SenseCAP Weather Station Deployment in Shenzhen, China)
- Research on Drainage Formation: Leveraging LoRaWAN® technology for environmental monitoring to study drainage network formation in various urban environments. (Image 2: SenseCAP Gateway & S2104 sensors – Credits: Dr. Thomas Skaugen, Knut Magne Møen, Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate)
These case studies exemplify practical applications of technology in addressing critical urban issues. If you missed this session, worry not! You can catch the entire discussion, including Violet’s presentations, on YouTube.
Spotlight on Community Member Projects
The summit provided a stage for community members to showcase their innovative projects. Four outstanding community members — Naveen, Pablo Zuloaga Betancourt, Pradeep, and Ivan Arakistain — captivated the audience with their exceptional projects, all powered by Seeed Studio products.
1.Naveen Kumar – Surface Crack Detection and Localization
A computer vision system for predictive maintenance that detects and localizes surface cracks in concrete structures. The reTerminal serves as the core hardware platform, providing processing power and user interaction interfaces.
3. Pradeep – Predictive Maintenance with Blues Notecard and Wio Terminal
Cellular-based predictive maintenance monitoring device. The Wio Terminal plays a crucial role in data collection, processing, and alerting stages, facilitating anomaly detection.
4. Ivan Arakistain – ML Anomaly Detection in Elevators with Edge Impulse & Notecard
Integration of XIAO BLE Sense to collect sound data and classify sound anomalies in elevators, leveraging advanced features like Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC modules.
Hackster Impact Award: Recognizing Visionary Contributions
The summit reached its pinnacle with the announcement of the Hackster Impact Award winner — Congratulations to Marco Uras, CEO and Co-founder of WiData! WiData, together with Seeed Studio and Abinsula, deployed 500+ SenseCAP sensors including SenseCAP S1000 weather sensor along with SenseCAP S2100 LoRaWAN DTU as well as other SenseCAP LoRaWAN sensors at more than 300 sites in Cagliari.
The focus of this impactful project is to combat the challenges posed by urban heat waves. The SenseCAP sensors play a crucial role in providing real-time data for urban heat island monitoring. This data empowers local administrations with actionable insights to intervene effectively. The intervention strategies include considerations for building color adjustments and green space planning, aimed at mitigating the heat island effect.
Once again, congratulations to Marco Uras and the entire WiData team for this well-deserved recognition. View the Hackster Impact Award Winner Announcement here.
The Hackster Impact Summit 2023 has undoubtedly set the stage for further exploration and advancement in leveraging technology for the betterment of urban landscapes. Stay tuned for more inspiring stories as we collectively advance towards smarter, more sustainable urban futures.