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IoT Olympiad 2018

14 Feb

About IoT Olympiad 2018:
The 3rd edition of the annual corporate quiz contest IoT Olympiad is back!! Purpose of this contest is to identify India’s most knowledgeable Technology Manager. This year, we have revised the topics to make it a little more fun and competitive. Will you bring laurel to your organization and to yourself?

IoT Olympiad will be organized by UNICOM in 2018.

Over 1100 IT professionals from 300+ companies in India and abroad would be participating, with experience ranging from 5 years to 20 years.


List of Topics that will be covered in IoT Olympiad 2018:

Embedded Software
Embedded C++
Embedded Hardware
IoT in Manufacturing
IoT in Retail/Ecommerce
IoT & Future of Connected Automobile
IoT & Smart Homes
IoT & Smart Cities
IoT in Energy/Utilities
IoT in Smart Buildings
IoT in Healthcare & Personal Fitness
IoT in Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics

Game Plan:

Qualifier Round 1: Online, 07th March, 2018 – Duration 30 Mins [Time: 4:00-4:30 PM] FREE

A Team of 2 Persons needs to Register.
Link to take the quiz would be sent to nominees via email 2 days before the quiz
Quiz can be taken from anywhere – office / home / browsing centres, etc.
This round will be for 30 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions
Questions have been designed to be generic covering all areas of IoT. Most delegates will find questions to be easy.
Based on performance selected teams will be qualified for Round 2.
Selected Candidates will be informed via Email & will have to pay a nominal fee of INR 15,000+ GST per team to participate in semi-finals. This fee includes Complimentary pass for IoT Summit 2018, Bangalore.

Semi-Finals in Bangalore at the conference venue (08:00 am to 08:30 am) PAY

Format – Pen and Paper based quiz.
This round will be for 40 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions and 2 Situational and Subjective Questions
Top 04 teams will go to finals.
Certificates will be provided to all semi-finalists

Finals with 4 Teams in Bangalore at the conference venue (Time 4:30 PM to 5:00PM)

Quiz will have Audio and Video Rounds/Multiple Choice with Live scoring. Contest Format will be explained at the beginning.
This round will be for 40 minutes. You will have to answer 40 Multiple Choice Questions and 2 Situational and Subjective Questions
Result will be announced at the Venue by 5.30 PM. Winners and Runners-Up Teams will be given Prizes by our Chief Guest.

What’s the Best IoT Team taking home?

Winning Team – Gold Certificates and Gold Medal to both players in the team
First Runner Up Team – Silver Certificate and Silver Medal to both players in the team
Second Runner Up Team – Bronze Certificate and Bronze Medal to both players in the team
Winners shall be facilitated with the awards on the same day of conference in Bangalore at the World IoT Summit.

Who is eligible for IoT Olympiad’2018?

Anyone who is professionally involved in IoT Technology/Any Sector related to IoT Technology (at all roles) is eligible(Student/Fresher is not eligible)
Is there any participation fee?

There is no participation fee to take Qualifier Round.
Teams get selected for the Finals need to pay INR 15,000 + GST per team as participation fee. This fee includes Attendance @ Semi-Finals and Finals (selected teams).

How to Enrol for IoT Olympiad’2018?

Corporate & Non Corporate Nomination :

A Team* of two needs to enrol together by sending an email to with following details of each participant:
Team Name | Full Name | Email Id | Phone Number | Company Name | Designation | Team name | Comments (If Any)
*More than one team can be nominated by a company


IoT – From Internet of Things to Innovation of things

01 Sep

Oracle adds new features to its IoT Cloud platform

Expanding its Internet of Things (IoT) Cloud portfolio, Oracle on Thursday rolled out ‘Digital Twin’ and ‘Digital Thread’ capabilities, powered by built-in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

The new features will help customers gain operation-wide visibility and leverage predictive insights from connected assets which can increase deployment times, reduce costs and improve business outcomes.

“IoT holds the potential to transform today’s siloed operations into a modern, interconnected, digital set of workflows with real-time visibility and responsiveness,” said Bhagat Nainani, Group Vice President, IoT Applications, Oracle, in a statement.

“By receiving real-time data streams enhanced with predictive insights, they can reach new levels of intelligence and a much quicker realisation of return on investments,” Nainani added.

The company had recently introduced new industry solutions for digital field service, smart connected factories and digital fleet management.

Oracle IoT Cloud is offered both as software-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service, rendering the services adaptability for demanding implementations.

Conferences On IOT

IoT – From Internet of Things to Innovation of things

With the advent of IoT, the dream for a connected world seems not too far. IoT has been deemed as the next industrial revolution.The way in which the businesses, governments and the consumers interact with the world is undergoing a major change. This change is not small in nature but revolutionary in the kind of disruption it is going to bring about. This could definitely be the next industrial revolution.

According to a forecast, the IoT market is expected to grow from USD 157.05 Billion in 2016 to a whopping USD 661.74 billion by 2021, at a CAGR of 33.3% on a global scale. First of all we have to look at the advent of smart mobiles. That was the point which radically changed the way people used to connect with each other. Once people got connected the next step was to connect the products and the machines, and thus things were set in motion. The benefits that IoT will bring about will be in terms of operational cost which will be lowered along with the increase in productivity. It will also expand IT to new markets and create a new product offering. These basic factors have helped and given a momentum to IoT.

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How IoT is shaping the future of healthcare

01 Sep

World IOT Bangalore

The connected way of things
A connected technology regime that spans manufacturing, distribution and end-use aids in monitoring plants, gives more control over quality, eliminates wastage and counterfeiting, and gives pharma companies more options on the compliance front. The whole framework relies on unhindered connectivity with sensors, devices storage and analysis platforms being bound together to permit data flow.

Though pharma companies can do much more with IoT, these are some of the areas where IoT can make a significant difference to their business.

Pharma companies are observing that manufacturing costs for branded drugs can be nearly 30 percent of revenues, while, by comparison, R&D costs account for only 15 percent of revenues. Drug production flows are often complex depending on a series of variables. Production managers have to monitor more than 200 variables to ensure product and ingredient homogeneity across batches. Without the availability of detailed data, the process of figuring out a problem can turn into a time consuming and laborious affair.

The continuous unified flow of data from an IoT implementation allows for continuous process improvement, with the development of models for refining data to derive vital insights. Not only can alerts be raised if variables exceed certain set parameters, but batches can be compared to see how different each one is. This allows pharma entities to derive the extent of standardisation across batches, which is a critical aspect from a manufacturing perspective.

Other benefits accrued could be better inventory management and lower equipment downtime (due to proactive maintenance).

In the last few years, we have seen a spike in the frequency of inspections in the premises of various drug manufacturers. This has made companies invest in developing innovative practices that minimise human intervention at various production phases while logging critical data. With IoT, the industry can move away from archaic manual processes and data management techniques and be prepared for more stringent quality control frameworks deployed by regulators in India and abroad.

Transit management
In case of sensitive medicines and vaccines, it becomes essential to monitor the ambient temperature of a container carrying them. Sensors can offer real-time monitoring of cases and containers and report instances of unfavorable modification of ambient environment. Transmitted data logged can be analysed to gain all kinds of insights leading to safer transport of drugs.

Drug development
The pharma industry faces a challenge in making the drug development process more efficient. This means increasing productivity while keeping the costs under check. It also implies using relevant technologies to optimise the process. An IoT-enabled system in a clinical trial is a good way of addressing such requirements.

During a clinical trial, it is essential to maintain safety of subject while ensuring trial integrity. An IoT environment will help monitor patients more effectively, and use the data captured from the devices to highlight any adverse events or report positive effects. Thus, healthcare professionals can work with a system that promotes proactive management with insights throughout the healthcare chain.

The data made available through an IoT connected system can ensure greater collaboration within the pharma industry. Data could also be made available to regulators without having to browse through multiple logs maintained offline. Researchers and other stakeholders can work across data barriers or constraints imposed by geography or economic considerations.

Better patient outcomes
With reduced production and better transit management practices, pharma companies can offer vital drugs at reduced prices to customers. Patient feedback can also be managed better as also the supply-demand balance.

Beyond these immediate benefits, the pharma sector can also rely on IoT to gather insights across the value chain to streamline it. An investment in IoT opens the door for all stakeholders to benefit. From bringing drugs of higher quality into the market faster to ensuring safer transport of drugs and better feedback monitoring, IoT is turning into a vital ally for pharma companies.

world IOT conference Bangalore


DevOps Summit Pune

23 Aug

DevOps Summit


The term “DevOps” typically refers to the emerging professional movement that advocates a collaborative working relationship between Development and IT Operations, resulting in the fast flow of planned work achieving the value stream that is between the business (where requirements are defined) and the customer (where value is delivered). It is a new way of looking at development altogether.

This conference “DevOps Summit” brings together leading practitioner-organisations who have achieved Continuous Delivery and organisational transformation. Companies going through Mergers and Acquisitions will inherit these systems too and be faced with similar situations and need to find out the many initiatives that increase the efficiency and agility within the enterprise and balance system uptime and stability while bringing alignment between Dev and Ops.

Learn more about DevOps skills, Delivering Processes, Tools for building and deployment, Legacy Challenges, Security Integration, Cross-team engagement and many more.

Pune DevOps Conference

InfoZen enables pre-deployment patching for DevOps coding

DevOps, a combination of the words ‘development’ and ‘operations’, has come to mean a lot of different things. It can describe a movement, a cultural shift, or any new practice that emphasizes the role of collaboration and communication between software developers and other IT professionals, such as the system administrators who will be overseeing the operations and security of the programs that developers create. In general, DevOps also includes automation as part of its deployment to help speed things along.

It was not surprising that DevOps scanning tools made Gartner’s list of hot cybersecurity product groups, because as DevOps continues to evolve, it has taken on a greater role in terms of security. Within cybersecurity, deploying DevOps generally involves fixing errors and vulnerabilities in a program’s code while it is still being written.

Writing code using a DevOps process is different. Following those wise old sayings like “measure twice, cut once,” or “a stitch in time saves nine,” writing code using DevOps means finding and fixing errors as the program is being created — long before the deployment phase. In an ideal world, the final code delivered to IT teams for deployment is, thus, free from errors or vulnerabilities.

But achieving that level of success, where the final code is both secure and error-free, is not an easy thing to achieve. While various tools exist to handle various parts of the DevOps chain, it normally requires an experienced integrator to link them together, add automation, and keep everything running smoothly over time. For this review, InfoZen was brought in to create a fully-end-to-end DevOps scanning solution using their InfoZen Cloud and DevOps Practice service. The company is currently offering the same type of services for several federal agencies.

Benefits of sponsorship

This is a great opportunity to strategically brand your organization. As a sponsor, you will receive a tremendous amount of visibility and numerous other benefits at the conference.

Sponsorship Levels

Platinum Sponsor (Limited to 2)

Gold Sponsor (Limited to 3)

Knowledge Partner (Limited to 1)

Silver Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Bronze Sponsor (Limited to 4)

Conference Bag Sponsor (Limited to 1)

Track Sponsor (Limited to 2)

A-La-Carte (Open)
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The Internet of Things

09 Aug

could be the light at the end of the tunnel for Indian IT

internet of things

IOT, Internet of things Summit

India’s $150 billion information technology (IT) industry is in a state of turmoil, but there is one bright spot: the Internet of Things (IoT).

Employees at the country’s billion-dollar behemoths are quickly re-skilling themselves to work with the new-age technology needed to add sensors to machines so that they can be monitored and controlled over the internet. As a result, India’s technology firms are doing IoT-related business worth $1.52 billion, accounting for 44% of the $3.5 billion global IoT technology services outsourcing market in 2017, according to a report by Bengaluru-based research, consulting, and advisory firm Zinnov, released on Aug. 07. The largest share—43%—of India’s IoT-services activity is dedicated to product engineering.

India-based legacy companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL, Wipro, Infosys, and Tech Mahindra are listed among the “established” and “expansive” market leaders in the IoT space. And other local companies, like L&T Technologies, TATA Elxsi, Persistent Systems, L&T Infotech, and Happiest Minds, have moved significantly over the past year in rankings among Indian providers, Sidhant Rastogi, partner at Zinnov, told the Business Standard newspaper.

Summits,Conferences In India

India-based legacy companies like Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), HCL, Wipro, Infosys, and Tech Mahindra are listed among the “established” and “expansive” market leaders in the IoT space. And other local companies, like L&T Technologies, TATA Elxsi, Persistent Systems, L&T Infotech, and Happiest Minds, have moved significantly over the past year in rankings among Indian providers, Sidhant Rastogi, partner at Zinnov, told the Business Standard newspaper.
All of these players are set to gain as the global IoT technology products and services spend is expected to climb up significantly from around $140 billion in 2017 to $322 billion by 2022.

But while IoT technology is expected to create 25,000 jobs by 2021, far more jobs—94,000 of them—will be eliminated at the same time, Zinnov estimated last year, compounding the problem of layoffs related to automation. That means that going forward, Indian companies will not only need to diversify in the kind of technology services they offer, but also look beyond the IT industry for work. For instance, Tech Mahindra’s chief executive, C P Gurnani, noted the need for his company to build offerings in healthcare, manufacturing, retail and managed services, and other such areas as well.


Internet of Things:security is everything

27 Jul

The future of the Internet of Things: security is everything
Internet of things Summit (IOT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is counted among emerging technologies that promise to transform the South African market.

While the opportunity for IoT is young in South Africa, its potential influence is far-reaching. For example, in the mining industry, devices monitor air quality, seismic activity, shaft stability, equipment wear, and energy usage. In the logistics industry, sensors track and monitor vehicles and routes for efficiency and safety. The possibilities are endless.

With all of these benefits comes risk, as the increase in connected devices gives hackers and cyber criminals more entry points.
A recent study by Ernst & Young in cooperation with Bitkom Research states that security concerns are the biggest obstacle in the industry when it comes to implementing IoT projects.

This is not at all surprising; after all, the networking of machines involves highly sensitive data.

Adding more devices, sensors, and things to your network also has the potential to increase your attack surface. This is because the IoT is intimately linked to business-critical processes and because the IoT significantly broadens the surface of attack of business intelligence systems.

The launch of SqwidNet, an open-access IoT network operator in South Africa, is a welcome enabler in the country. SqwidNet provides listening posts for messages from various objects to store, manage, track, and operate communication signals for different purposes to connect the physical world and the digital world.

SqwidNet, based on Sigfox technology, addresses these security challenges through a systematic process. The communications between the base stations and the Sigfox cloud and the within the Sigfox cloud are secure, robust, trusted, and scalable.

SqwidNet and Sigfox’s focus on low-power, low-bandwidth communications makes network deployment fast, simple, and secure. Devices don’t actually stay connected to the Internet or any network, for that matter. They transmit signals without any session, handshaking, or waiting for a response between a network and the device.
Sigfox security features enabled through SqwidNet include the following:

A signalling chip will only be active when it needs to send a message.
A private key is used to send messages, and only a Sigfox platform understands the unique ID of the device.
The network provides encryption from device to the Sigfox cloud.
The cloud itself is protected by a firewall with restricted access.
The protocol allows limited two-way communication within very specific communication windows.
Extra security features of the protocol include anti-replay measures and strong encryption at multiple levels.
The downlink process of the SqwidNet network brings additional security robustness. When a device sends a signal, there is a small, 30-second window in which a response can be sent back to the device.

If that window is missed, the response will have to wait for the next time a signal is sent from the device. The fact that the objects choose when to communicate, at which frequency, and with a security key, offers multiple layers of protection against hackers sending them malicious commands.
How organizations embrace the IoT varies widely from industry to industry. What these industries and solutions have in common is the challenge of securely navigating the very complex technology involved in getting the insights that drive successful outcomes.

How secure is your network of choice? Great food for thought as we eagerly await solutions that will come with the growth of the South African IoT market, which is estimated to reach in excess of $2 billion by 2020 and is set to revolutionise all sectors, stimulating industry growth and economic development. Security is everything!



How Any Company Can Save Money With the Internet of Things

19 Jul

You may think only giant corporations can benefit from the internet of things–the networking of nontechnical objects so they can receive and transmit data. But right now, businesses like yours are employing the IoT: digitizing work sites, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, and shipments. It’s easier than you might think.

IMCO General Construction, which employs 180 in Ferndale, Washington, faced typical challenges for building contractors: a dispersed work force; far-flung work sites; gathering data from complex construction projects. Then the company began working with Seattle-based startup Unearth, which networks remote sensors, drones, satellite data, and mobile devices to help construction firms reduce accidents and respond to problems quickly.
“If we’re flying [a drone] over a site and the owner can see on the live feed that they need something changed, we can react to it quickly,” says IMCO construction manager Casey Dougherty. “It’s definitely made our crews more efficient, which means more profitability.” The prices of Unearth’s services vary, but generally start at $1,000 per month.

Other companies are using IoT to cut costs. When Magnet 360–a 190-person firm that helps businesses use the Salesforce platform–moved into an office converted from an old warehouse in Minneapolis, the staff quickly realized their HVAC system needed an upgrade. Enter local IoT startup 75F, which uses sensors to analyze air flow, and automates heating and cooling functions; the costs for a 75F system range from 50¢ to $3.50 per square foot. By using 75F, companies can cut energy costs up to 70 percent, says its chief operating officer, Bob French.

The IoT helps with harder-to-define tasks, too. Family-owned Christensen Farms, a pork producer in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, affixes wireless tracking devices called Bees, made by Santa Clara, California-based Roambee, to its livestock trailers. There, they track humidity levels inside the trucks, so drivers know if they need to adjust the ventilators. Brian Bourke, the VP of marketing for Seko Logistics in Chicago, says his company often places a Roambee device in sensitive shipments to provide an extra layer of assurance to key clients. “They can see where a package is at any point,” he says–which lets Seko staffers focus on more valuable tasks. Roambee’s devices, which may be stopped and started depending on seasonal need, and related hardware generally cost $1 to $1.50 per device per day of usage. Various payment options are available.

And Formlabs, a professional 3-D-printing company based in Somerville, Massachusetts, uses devices from nearby IoT startup Tulip to track the production of its customized sample parts, says chief product officer Dávid Lakatos. Formlabs’ custom Tulip setup has a monitor and interface at every major station on its shop floors; there they track and record key company processes. Formlabs has grown 100 percent each of the past two years, and with the training time it’s saving by pre­recording instructions for major tasks, chances are it will grow even more. Just like the IoT.

What’s trending

Augmented workers

Augmenting workers with smart glasses will be huge for certain heavy industries, says Dayna Grayson, a partner with New Enterprise Associates in Washington, D.C. Not only will they record what wearers are seeing, but in a manufacturing environment, a mechanic could receive diagnostic data from such eyewear. They might even summon experts for certain problems.

Digitized shop floors

Digitizing “the last mile of the Industrial Revolution,” like connecting machines to IoT applications, is starting to happen, says Grayson, who envisions improvements in maintenance, worker health and safety, and energy savings. By using sensors to monitor machinery, businesses could shift to repairing equipment as needed and move away from maintenance schedules.

Inventory control

“Retailers and other companies are using smart sensors to keep track of inventory and to automatically reorder when more products are needed,” says Victoria Petrock, a principal analyst with eMarketer.

Office atmosphere

Air-quality monitors for your workers’ desks are coming, says Jenny Fielding, managing director at Techstars, and soon we’ll tweak the room temperature according to what they find. One Bay Area startup, Awair, offers such monitors, as well as sensors that cover broader areas of entire buildings.

Smarter shipping

Using the IoT, carriers can relay location data and other information to clients; IoT tags could reduce the volume of lost packages and in-transit damage for temperature-controlled items.

Pleased pork

Agricultural uses for the IoT include sensors that monitor humidity levels in trucks transporting pigs, so drivers can adjust instantly if they need more ventilation.

Cost shaving

Companies using IoT sensors and systems to control heat and air conditioning usage in large facilities can save serious dollars.


Will you be the Agile Champion of 2015?

17 Apr

Agile Olympiad is an initiative of India Agile Week (IAW 2015) June 12-17 and UNICOM Agile Thoughtleaders to run India’s most prestigious Corporate Quiz on Agile Methodology. This contest also gets participation from several other countries, making it a global contest.

Every year hundreds of Agile Enthusiasts participate and enjoy this experience and bring laurels to themselves as well as to their companies, whose contribution in building an Agile champion cannot be denied.

Visit our website to learn about Agile Olympiad‘s past winners

What makes this corporate contest unique is that almost every company, that is running an Agile project, encourage their employees to participate. Participants then form a team within the organization to do group preparation on the topics provided by the Olympiad committee. Several HR’s of reputed organization have confirmed to me that they have found this active learning more effective than any training they have given on Agile. This sounds as music to our ears as UNICOM’s core belief is to Develop professionals into a global though leader and minimize the learning cost via maximizing the skills gained.

Additional bonus to the contestants is to attend India Agile Week conference @ their city. India Agile Week runs across 6 cities every year in 2nd week of June. In this conference, we share the best practices followed by Indian companies where they are innovating to run Agile suiting their culture and employees temperaments. While other Agile conferences suggest their delegates to change themselves, India Agile Week encourages them to focus on innovation. Our patrons understand this difference and join us all over India to share their stories and learn from their peers.

To view Conference website visit our home page: Click Here

Our Sincere thanks to Tathagat Varma, Founder ThoughtLeadership for agreeing to host the Finals of Agile Olympiad 2015. His work for Agile Olympaid 2014 finale can be seen here:

These are my thoughts. Please do write to me if you think you shall like to participate or join the Olympiad committee.


Unicom Learning’s Plan and Invitation

22 Aug

Greetings from UNICOM Learning – India’s largest Professional conference organising company and leading player in knowledge share!!!

Last month we went back to our drawing board to plan for next year’s conference on Cloud, Big Data, Social, Media, IoT, Testing, Agile, UXUI Design, NextGen Programming and DevOps. We involved our past delegates and speakers and have been getting several suggestions since then.

Now we want to involve you to join our [1] Advisory Board [2] Conference Speaker Identification Committee [3] Core-Committee member, as we understand that we share same passion in knowledge sharing, developing professionals, creating global executives and enriching organizations. None of these roles have monetary incentives. However there are several benefits and goodwill to collect from IT community. 🙂

Following are some of our forthcoming initiative which should interest you.

[1] India Business Development Summit: A must attend event for Sr Managers, Pre-sales Consultants, Sales &Marketing Executives, and CMOs.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 22 Aug 2014 – Mumbai  Click Here
 27 Aug 2014 – Delhi  Click Here
 28 Aug 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here

[2] Business Development Champions League: Contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable Sales & Marketing Executive

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 1st Round (online) – 12 Aug 2014  Click Here
 Semi Finals (Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore)  Click Here
 Finals(28 Aug 2014 Bangalore)  Click Here

[3] India Mobility Week: This conference will share the latest happening in the world of enterprise mobility

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 18 Sept 2014- Delhi  Click Here
 20 Sept 2014- Pune  Click Here

[4] Emerging Technology Summit: A 2 day Conference where you get to know all that is emerging in Technology.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 25,26 Sept 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here

[5] Technology Olympiad: Contest to identify India’s most knowledgeable techie.

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 1st Round (online) – 03 Sept 2014  Click Here
 Semi Finals (25 Sept 2014 – Bangalore)  Click Here
 Finals(25 Sept 2014 – Bangalore)  Click Here

[6] India Internet of Things: Learn how technology shall connect lives. India’s first conference and expo on IoT

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 28 Oct 2014 – Bangalore  Click Here
 29 Oct 2014 – Delhi  Click Here
 30 Oct 2014 – Mumbai  Click Here

[7] Big Data Australia: Learn Big Data story implementations

 Dates & Cities  Program Agenda
 13 Aug 2014 – Sydney  Click Here
 15 Aug 2014 – Melbourne  Click Here

Oracle announces Internet of Things developer challenge to reward innovative Indian app developers

17 May
While India is under prepared to embrace Internet of Things (IoT), Oracle is giving Indian app developers a chance to be a part of the global IoT movement. The company has announced an ‘Internet of Things developer challenge’ for the same, which is open for entries until May 30, 2014.

“In this connected world, the proliferation of intelligent devices has created a market for entirely new solutions based on IoT technology. With the ever-increasing amount of data that is inherent in an IoT world, the key to gaining real business value is effective communication among all elements of the architecture. Developers can showcase their creative and technology acumen by building interesting applications for a wide range of embedded M2M systems, including healthcare, gateways, aggregation managers, and industrial automation, etc,” the company said in a statement.

The challenge will reward Java developers who create outstanding applications using Oracle’s Java-embedded technologies with devices, boards and other IoT technologies. The online challenge has two categories – students and professionals. Each team can have a maximum of three members. The teams will have to make a video presentation of the application and submit the source code.

Three teams from the professional category and one team from the student’s category will win an all-expense paid trip to ‘JavaOne 2014’ that is going to be held in San Francisco, USA in September. In addition, the second and third prize-winners from the student’s category will receive a laptop and a certificate exam voucher for $1,500 and $1,300, respectively.

Java offers comprehensive functionality for resource-constrained devices, with the highest level of functionality, security, connectivity and scalability in the industry. Cisco estimates that 50 billion devices and objects will be connected to the Internet by 2020. The IoT is the next technology transition where devices will allow users to sense and control the physical world.

However, IoT also has its drawbacks as it relies on technologies like Bluetooth or NFC that are not present in all budget smartphones; this tech comes only in high-end phones. That leaves only about 10 per cent of the phones used in India equipped to handle IoT products. The brighter side of being in this part of the world is that you can get a product developed at a much lower cost. And until your product sets the ball rolling, if you have an IP, some enterprises may be interested in integrating your tech in their products which can be a primary revenue generator.