Infineon Technologies and LG Electronics announced that they have debuted an Internet of Things (IoT) Hackathon in Singapore on Monday, June 17, 2019.
The official statement from the occasion noted that the goal of the hackathon is to empower Asia-Pacific’s ecosystem to create IoT solutions that will run on the LG webOS open source platform with Infineon microelectronics capabilities.
Infineon and LG both provided “interested innovators” with technological guidance as well as access to products and software, helping the shortlisted teams develop and showcase proofs-of-concepts to a panel of judges at Infineon Asia Pacific office in Singapore.
“This hackathon is about a shared community of innovators that seek to use technologies to build a better future. A globally connected ecosystem is the purpose, with easier, safer, and greener life,” said Chua Chee Seong, President and Managing Director, Infineon Asia Pacific.
Sharing the sentiment, I.P. Park, President and CTO of LG Electronics said, “Our goal is to build and grow a global webOS community where developers may lever-age a wide range of webOS functionalities such as AI, connectivity, and IoT in their work to produce solutions and services.”
In the hackathon, GoReMas Enterprise and Wangi Lai PLT were awarded the top and second prize respectively. Both companies are originated from Malaysia.
GoReMas Enterprise’s prototype Floodsensed is an IoT-based flood monitoring system that included social media alert feature, for platforms such as Facebook, Slack, Telegram (with images and location maps), and YouTube Live Stream.
The equipment gathers rain volumes, water levels, temperature, and barometric pressure from device gateways and nodes, then sends the data to Floodsensed IoT platform that comes with dashboard visualisation for users.
Wangi Lai PLT’s BAWA Cane is a clip-on module for existing white canes that helps the visually impaired identify and avoid obstacles with shared insights and foresight through data analytics.
The winners, who won S$5,000 (US$3,648) and SS3,000 (US$2,189) for first and second prizes respectively, were selected from a pool of 14 startups and student entrepreneurs from countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Ukraine, and Singapore.
The winners were determined based on criteria ranging from problem identification, concept development, and innovation, to ease of implementation, stability, and presentation.