Finally the waiting was over! After all the preparation we could at last celebrate the #OktoberfestOfThings!
The day started off with some pre-work talks held at IXDS in Munich, a location that with its deliberate hint of unfinishedness seemed like just the right surrounding for creative thinking. First to speak was Thomas Amberg (@tamberg), one of the initiators of the #OktoberfestOfThings. He said something that really made us think, another definition for IoT that is actually quite philosophical: “….IoT is a connection to reality.” What are your thoughts on that?
Next on stage were Christian and Sven (Sven showed some leg in a traditional Bavarian outfit). They gave insights into the latest hybris labs IoT-prototypes, and of course presented our #OktoberfestOfThings beer table.
Martin Geck, founder of MakeBox, explained how he uses 3D printing and laser cutting to train people in agile product development methods, such as Scrum, which help to improve collaboration within a team.
To round everything off we had a little chat with all of the speakers. Check out the video right here!
After all the talking in the morning it was time for some action. Laser cutting + 3D printing + hacking = FabLab Munich. The plan was to build a couple of gadgets with which you can connect beer to the Internet. Some of you might now start to think that this is nonsense, a waste of time, and that we’re just playing around instead of doing something “sensible”. Well the truth is, playing is the best way to learn. Fact. By experimenting with all kinds of different technologies in a playful manner we find out more and more about the possibilities that arise with IoT. Further more, we vastly profit from the exchange of thoughts and ideas within the IoT community, and are proud to be part of this joint learning process.
The next day things got serious. It was time to test the prototypes in the field. Are you curious to see how beer eventually got connected to the Internet? …#OktoberfestOfThings.