After the successful hackathon challenge run in the IEEE Students’ Hackathon at Metrology for Industry 4.0 and IoT, DIAL is organising the first full event of this kind targeted at students of the University of Cambridge. This hackathon invites students to address creatively some of the real-world digital problems manufacturing SMEs face by using low-cost off-the-shelf and open-source technologies.
The Hackathon aims at the construction of digital solution prototypes in areas such as inventory management, process monitoring and human-machine interaction requiring students to work with sensors, develop mobile apps and program low-cost microcomputers and microcontrollers such as Raspberry Pis and Arduinos.
Challenge 1: Shelf occupancy sensor system
Inventory management is an area where many manufacturing SMEs believe they could benefit from the use of digital technology. In this challenge, participants will develop a low-cost system that can detect whether a bay in a shelf is occupied. The system must be able to attach to an existing shelving set-up (without modifying the shelves).
Challenge 2: Hands-free digital drawing navigation
Many SMEs are looking to move from printed drawings to digital drawings to reduce paper usage and ensure that workers always have the latest revisions. However, interacting with a digital system while working can be difficult, especially for jobs like welding where operators wear PPE-like gloves. In this challenge, participants will develop a low-cost system that uses an open source voice assistant to convert workers’ voice commands into navigation instructions for a drawing viewer program.
Challenge 3: Getting data from legacy control panels
Many SMEs have key pieces of equipment that do not provide interfaces for data extraction. For instance, control panels present operational data through the combination of dials, lights, position buttons and displays. In this challenge, participants will develop a non-invasive low-cost system capable of monitoring a control panel, extracting operational data, and making it available in digital format.
Further information about each challenge can be found in the hackathon flyer – Shoestring hackathon flyer.
Judging criteria & awards
Judging will be done by an independent panel of judges from both academy and industry. All digital solutions prototypes will be assessed in terms of low-cost development, technical aspects and presentation.
The best solutions will receive ‘deluxe’ cinema tickets.
With thanks to the supporters of this event…