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CONNECT at Inspirefest 2016

Connect volunteers at Inspirefest Family Fringe Festival in Merrion Square, Dublin.

Imagine the Internet-of-Things” was the title of the Connect workshop at Saturday’s Inspirefest Family Fringe Festival at Merrion Square in Dublin’s city centre.

With the aid of a spinning wheel, stickers and, most importantly, imagination, Connect volunteers helped children to understand some of the components of an Internet-of-Things network: sensors, actuators, base stations, cloud, data, wireless, etc.

Children were invited to select a particular IoT scenario (farm, city, classroom, house, Star Wars) by spinning a novelty wheel before imagining a suitable IoT solution to match that environment.

Connect was a Silver Sponsor of this year’s festival. In addition, our Centre Director, Professor Linda Doyle chaired a panel discussion on ‘STEAM – The Convergence of Tech and the Arts‘ with Nora Ó Murchú, Noel Murphy and Zoe Philpott.

More than twenty Connect researchers from several Higher Education Institutes participated in the event.

CONNECT is the world leading Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Future Networks and Communications. CONNECT is funded under the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centres Programme and is co-funded under the European Regional Development Fund. We engage with over 35 companies including large multinationals, SMEs and start-ups. CONNECT brings together world-class expertise from ten Irish academic institutes to create a one-stop-shop for telecommunications research, development and innovation.

Claire O'Connell spins the Internet-of-Things wheel at Inspirefest.

Maice and Fadhil help sketch a farm-based Internet of Things scenario.

Busy Imagining! Several children sketch their Internet-of-Things networks.

Mohit and Nikita help sketch an IoT scenario.

Imagining the Internet...

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