So, CES has kicked off 2020 and boy oh boy have we enjoyed seeing what the folks there came up with. There’s been the weird. There’s been the wacky. Then there’s been the stuff that could actually prove really helpful. It was a real smorgasbord of gadgets and gizmos. But what to do now? 

Well, we think that you’d do well heading down to Amsterdam for the end of January. (And not just for the brownies). The Things Network are throwing the world’s largest LoRaWAN conference and we’re delighted to announce that we will be there! With over 2000 leaders in IoT heading to Holland’s capital, you have no reason not to join us.  

Check out the EE Times’ review from a previous year:  

‘The Things Conference announces some major breakthroughs that could just tip the balance for mass deployment of LoRaWAN devices and gateways.’ 

 

What are we excited about? 

Firstly, there’s the LoRaWAN ‘Wall of Fame’. It’s an entire wall dedicated to hardware developments in the world of LoRaWAN, so it is sure to be a big hit as participants can see the future direction of LoRa.  (Keep an eye out for a certain 8-channel LoRaWAN Pygate on display).  As they all come with QR codes, the world is your oyster to scan and buy!  

Not only will you be able to network with the best in the industry, there’s a schedule filled with brilliant speakers and workshops. Here are a couple of the talks that we’ll be highlighting in our timetables!  

Make sure to sprint to our very own COO, Bettina Rubek-Slater’s, keynote on The Great LPWAN Marathon at 4.30pm on the 30th January. It will be a talk that discusses the positioning of different LPWANs and where Pycom positions itself in this fast-moving field. Be sure to check it out as it will offer vital insights into the networks that IoT knows and loves!

Not only that, but two of our top developers, Catalin Ioana and Ahmad El Masri, will be running a workshop, LoRaWAN in combination with a full stack Pymesh, which you’ll be able to catch on the 30th January at 2.30pm. You’ll  learn how to set up the Pymesh, our LoRa-based mesh network, as well as how to set up your own private mesh networks and use backhaul via WiFi, BLE,  LoRa or cellular (NB-IoT or CAT-M1) networks. They’ll be doing a live demonstration with LoPy4’s and the new 8-channel LoRaWAN gateway, Pygate!  The cherry on the cake is that you’ll be able to purchase kits after the workshop to try it out yourself. All we ask is that you have a basic understanding of Python, in particular MicroPython, and LPWANs. It’s not one to miss!

There are also a few other speaker slots that we’re looking forward to. Love hackster.io? Adam Benzion, the CEO and co-founder will be hosting a keynote speech on Supporting Enterprise Developers, which promises to be a good ‘un. We all know that hardware is only as good as its parts, and our boards wouldn’t be as good as they are without Semtech. So, keep an eye out for Olivier Seller’s slot on LoRaWAN and the IoT: The Perfect Match! (He’s Semtech’s Technical Fellow of Wireless IP). If you managed to come to our London #GOINVENT workshop, you’ll know how groovy Digital Catapult is. Catch their Head of Design and Innovation, Peter Karney, for a talk that we’ll be racing to get to!  

We’ll catch you there!  

 

 

What to do if you don’t know about LoRa but desperately want to… 

In their FAQs, The Things Conference recommends that attendees have some familiarity with LoRa. After all, it helps to be able to contextualise what you are seeing and hearing about.  If you’re looking for a place to start, check out the LoRaWAN Academy to set yourself up to have the best TTN Conference experience. 

The Things Conference has been a proven success year after year due to its diverse range of activities and we’re sure that 2020 will be another winner! 

Register here: https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/conference/