RIoT for Nation

No, “RIoT” is not the “riot” literally. We are not planning to make a riot and disturb the peace in Indonesia, especially around the celebration of its 72nd Independence Day on last August 17. Long live Indonesia!

However, RIoT or Republic of IoT is indeed a “riot” to enliven the ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) in Indonesia. Often than not, this country needs a “riot” – literally or figuratively – to make things “heard”. IoT is still so young in Indonesia, it needs tremendous efforts to cultivate it, let alone exploit it. May RIoT be one of those efforts.

But why IoT? Is the buzzword so important for the country? IoT is just an old stuff wrapped in new package, after all. Well… at least the foundations are not really new. The truth is, IoT is the convergence of several technologies that previously seemed to evolve in their respective domains – embedded systems, sensors and actuators, firmware, apps, connectivity and networks, cloud computing, machine learning, even artificial intelligence – some or all now working together to enable smarter new services or applications, more beneficial to humans. Apparently, technology-based problem solving, cannot only leverage the software or apps, but sometime needs the help of “smart” hardware and also supported by the bunch of technologies above, hence IoT. Indonesia has many problems, yet tremendous potentials, and needs comprehensive technology-based solutions. IoT may be one of the enabler technologies.

Yep, IoT is just an enabler technology, not the solution itself. Hence, it takes our effort to look into the problems and brilliant ideas to “hack” into working solutions, which may be enabled with IoT. RIoT has an objective to facilitate the emergence of these ideas, and implement them into tangible products, at least to the prototype stage. Continue reading RIoT for Nation

Bandung IoT Developer Day

Yay!… H-1 sebelum acara “Bandung IoT Developer Day”! Acara gratis ini akan berformat seminar dan dalam episode pertama ini (sebagai awal dari episode-episode selanjutnya) diusung tema “developing for IoT with web technologies”.

Acara ini sudah diideasi sejak 3 bulan yang lalu, dan mulai dipersiapkan sejak 1 bulan terakhir. Two thumbs-up buat organizer: DycodeEdu sebagai leading education provider yang berfokus pada modern/latest technologies, dan Iot4Bdg sebagai komunitas IoT pertama dan terbesar di Bandung. Organizer telah menyiapkan semuanya dengan cukup baik, dan berhasil “sold out” akhir minggu lalu dengan mengumpulkan 100 peserta dan lebih dari 50 diantaranya sudah ter-confirm akan hadir. Mewakili penyelenggara, saya berterima kasih kepada calon peserta yang sudah daftar. Terima kasih pula buat media partner dan teman-teman lainnya yang telah ikut men-share info tentang acara ini. Semoga besok semuanya lancar dan kita semua bisa mendapatkan manfaat dari acara ini.

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ID-Objective-C Bandung Meetup – Talking About Storyboard in iOS 5

As a part of offline ID-Objective-C activities and continuation of ID-Objective-Conference 2012 on last February, a meetup was held in Bandung. Held in DyCode office (DyPlex), unfortunately that rare event was only attended by 5 participants. I don’t know that’s because the event was on Saturday (when people might be preparing Saturday night or some may have class as they’re still students), or the iOS platform is still not really interesting for most developers. Or may be nowadays developers are too lazy to learn the most scarce knowledge in Indonesia, knowledge of iOS development. I don’t know. Although there’re many claimed that they’re dying to know about iOS development, yet only 5 persons came :)

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AR.Drone & Kinect at GeekFest ID Event

My team and I were at GeekFest event. We’re invited as one of exhibitor since my company – DyCode – is the contributor to the event. We’re the creator of the official GeekFest mobile apps.

A memorable moment during the event was when our booth was unexpectedly surrounded by the crowd. How it’s not, we demo something that may (just may be) never been done anywhere in Indonesia. We flew AR.Drone there. Not only using iPhone app, but also using home-made Kinect app (that I created a day before :P).

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