SIGFOX and Helsinki Ventures are organizing a workshop on November 10 to help makers create their first connected prototypes, one day before Slush 2015.
Helsinki, Finland – Labège, France – 02.11.2015 – SIGFOX, the global leader in cost-effective, energy-efficient Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, has recently kicked off a European road trip with its SIGFOX Makers Tour. The tour is a series of workshops all around Europe, to support communities of developers and makers to use SIGFOX’s technology and network to create new use cases. It will stop in Helsinki on November 10, in collaboration with Helsinki Ventures.
With the SIGFOX Makers Tour, SIGFOX aims to accelerate the emergence of new connected objects, services and IoT applications wherever the SIGFOX global network is available. In each city where it stops, local partnerships with fablabs, hacker spaces, or startup accelerators are designed to create long-lasting collaborations.
Helsinki Ventures, a boutique accelerator and early-stage investor focused on northeastern Europe and founder of the Internet of Things (IoT) Acceleration Program, will contribute to the success of the event thanks to its vast community of makers, developers and startups.
“By significantly lowering the cost and the energy consumption of the connected objects, SIGFOX paves the way for multiple new applications that can quickly and easily emerge,” said Cédric Giorgi, SIGFOX’s head of startup relations. “The goal of the SIGFOX Makers Tour is to get to know all those who will build the future of the Internet of Things, whether they work in a fablab or in a large corporation, and encourage them to create and test their applications.”
Illustrating this, Bttn, a Helsinki Ventures portfolio company and the simplest Internet-user interface in the world, has recently chosen SIGFOX’s simple, cost-effective and energy-efficient connectivity to dramatically expand the reach of its universal push- buttons.
Helsinki has a central position in the European tech ecosystem. On November 11-12, it is hosting Slush, the international event for startups and tech talents. By organizing the SIGFOX Makers Tour workshop the day before Slush, SIGFOX takes the opportunity to meet with local and international makers in the city for the event. Giorgi will speak at the event.
A half-day workshop on development kits
The SIGFOX Makers Tour in Helsinki will include a half-day workshop featuring a presentation on SIGFOX’s connectivity solution and the opportunity for participants to use the company’s technology with a development kit. Each participant will be allowed to keep the kit and will receive a one-year subscription to the SIGFOX network, allowing him or her to develop and test their ideas for future IoT applications.
SIGFOX expects around 20 participants, whose admission to the event is free. They will be chosen to ensure a homogeneous group of technical profiles.
Apply for the event at: makers.sigfox.com/tour
About Helsinki Ventures
Helsinki Ventures is a boutique accelerator and early stage investor based in Helsinki, Finland. It is kicking off the IoT accelerator program in collaboration with SIGFOX in January 2016. For further information, see www.helsinkiventures.com/iot-accelerator.
SIGFOX is the world’s leading provider of dedicated connectivity for the Internet of Things. The company’s network complements existing high-bandwidth systems by providing simple, economical, energy-efficient two-way transmission of small quantities of data over long distances, thus lowering barriers to wide implementation of IoT solutions, and greatly extending the battery and service life of connected devices. Currently deployed or being rolled-out in the U.S. and 10 European countries and registering over 5 million devices in its network, SIGFOX is today the only IoT-dedicated connectivity solution commercially available that guarantees a high level of service and reliability on an international scale. Corporate headquarters are in France, and the company has offices in Boston, Dubai, Madrid and San Francisco. For more information, see www.SIGFOX.com and follow us on Twitter @SIGFOX.
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