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Under the patronage of DEI – University of Bologna, the research group Radio Networks and Embit srl organise a two-day Hackathon (May 12-13, 2018) for students and graduates, oriented at developing IoT solutions through LoRa wireless technology.

Participation is free-of-charge. Up to six winners will be selected. The Hackathon Prizes are described at the bottom of this page.



To receive further information please register by April 6 to this form. Participants who will finally decide to participate, will be required to register for the Hackathon later in April (see below) through another form. This one is intended purely for those willing to know more and stay tuned.



Students attending Bachelor, Master or PhD University programmes, and young graduates, from all Italy: we are looking for fans of the IoT world, with basic knowledge of software development in C language, and Arduino platforms (the latter can be achieved in the weeks before the event).

The Hackathon is open to both Italians and not Italians. Both Italian and English speakers are accepted. Written documentation will be in English.

Participants at time of registration will be asked to register as individuals or as groups (no more than three members).

The registration form will require the choice of a category among:

  • Individual – student of Bachelor degree, willing to develop ita project alone
  • Individual – student of Master degree, willing to develop ita project alone
  • Individual – graduate (PhD student or not), willing to develop ita project alone
  • Group

Groups can be spontaneous (i.e. the names of all group members can be declared at the time of registration). Alternatively, individuals can register as group without identifying the other group members; the organisers will form the groups before the event.



A marathon targeted at generating ideas and developing IoT solutions on HW/SW platforms based on LoRA technology.

Invent-Make-Test-Show; participants will be asked to invent their own IoT application (list of available plug-and-play sensors will be made available), develop it over Embit/Arduino platforms, test it through the net, and finally present it in front of all other participants and the hackathon technical committee composed of industry and academic experts.

IoT application areas that will be considered are:

  • automotive
  • smart cities
  • smart manufacturing
  • smart agriculture

At time of registration, participants will be asked to prioritise their interest towards the four areas. Two weeks before the Hackathon, application areas will be confirmed to participants.



Two weeks before the event, written documentation will be sent to participants describing the LoRa technology basics, the HW/SW platform that will be used, and the overall network/web architecture made available during the hackathon.

On the days of the hackathon, participants will bring their own laptop. The HW/SW platforms will be made available, as well as a set of plug-and-play sensors, gateways to connect to the network. WiFi will be available in the room.

At the end of the second day, participants will be asked to prepare a three-minute presentation of their invention and development, in front of a technical committee. The latter will identify the winners whose names will be disclosed at the end of the day.



From Saturday, May 12, 10 am, till Sunday, May 13, 7 pm.


  • Saturday, 9-10 am. Acceptance and registration at the desk.
  • Saturday, 10 am. Start of the Hackathon (presentation by organisers).
  • Saturday, 11 am. Participants will start working.
  • Saturday, 2 pm. Gates close. Participants should have already had lunch.
  • Saturday, 7-8 pm. Participants will be allowed to leave for dinner (vouchers will be provided for light dinner at nearby bar).
  • Saturday, 11 pm. First Day closure.
  • Sunday, 9 am. Hackathon restarts.
  • Sunday, 1-2 pm. Participants will be allowed to leave for lunch (vouchers will be provided for light lunch at nearby bar).
  • Sunday, 5 pm. Three-minute presentation session in front of technical committee.
  • Sunday, approx 7 pm. Final ceremony and assignment of prizes.



School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Bologna. Viale Risorgimento 2, Bologna.

The School will be open for the sole purpose of the hackathon after 2 pm on Saturday. Participants will be allowed to stay in the hackathon room (third floor), and the relax area nearby. Staff will accompany to the exit when/if time to leave. Entering again will be possible by calling staff on the phone.

For reasons related to logistics, participants will be asked to leave to the organisers their I.D. (carta d’identità, or passport) during the two days.



  • To challenge yourself.
  • To have fun and spend the weekend with other fans of IoT technology.
  • To compete for the final prizes.
  • To get in touch with the industry ecosystem organising the event.



Registration to the event will start on April 13 via a web form that will be online at 6.00 pm.

The first 100 participants that will register will be accepted. Do not miss the date!



  • Chiara Buratti, Research Associate, University of Bologna.
  • Fabio Bonizzi, CEO, Embit srl.
  • Gianluca Mazzini, CEO, Lepida spa.
  • Roberto Verdone, Professor, University of Bologna.
  • Pierluigi Zampieri, Innovation manager, Ducati Motor Holding spa.
  • to be confirmed, GD spa.
  • others to come



At the end of the event, the technical committee will identify the following winners:

  • best project in the category “Individuals – Bachelor”
  • best project in the category “Individuals – Master”
  • best project in the category “Individuals – Graduates”
  • best project in the category “Groups”



The winners (individuals and group members) will be i) offered the chance to be interviewed for possible hiring by Embit srl, and ii) granted free participation to the Workshop/Tutorial day (Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018) of PIMRC’2019, Bologna.

Finally, the technical committee will choose, among the four categories above, the best project developed. The winning project will receive the Hackathon Prize (amount in EUR to be defined before the event).

The winners will be nominated during the closing ceremony at about 7 pm on Sunday, in front of the members of the technical committee and, possibly, representatives of media.



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     The hackathon that reflects your talent



A big convention of programmers, developers and IT experts that, for a short time, gather in search of a solution related to a software or hardware device.

The hackathon takes place in Imola, Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari
It starts on 16 March at 08:00 PM and ends on 17 March at 08:00 AM.

It is part of Imola Programma show, organized by Local Focus and Innovami.



The topic of the challenge organized by Antreem is the SMART MIRROR.
The goal of participants is to think and to develop innovative solutions for the best smart mirror usage, facing the challenges of the new technology with all their skills.



You can win a Raspberry Pi 3 Official Desktop Starter Kit (16GB, White), for each member of the winning team.



Mostly for developers, but we expect also designers, creative people, IT experts, innovators, startupper and university students participation.



The competition is an opportunity to exchange of ideas and abilities, and to build synergies and connections, typically arising from the side-by-side work.



You will work three in a team. Single participants will be given the opportunity to join a group with other subscribers.
In the morning of the next day, Saturday 17th, at hackathon closure, a jury of experts will evaluate all the projects and will declare the winner. 



All along the hackathon, the Antreem team will be available to support the participants during the development and will answer questions about the technology.



Please bring your netbook, notebook, ... and everything you need to successfully overcome a night of work.



On-site, there will be snacks and a lot of coffee.



As usual in a hackathon, Antreem keeps the right on the developed projects.



The smart mirrors consist of three main elements:

  • a semi-reflective mirror, similar to what you see in the American tv shows, during interrogation situations;
  • a high-brightness screen;
  • a computer that can process the information comes from several sources, including the sensors on the mirror (cameras, microphones and so on).

Our Smart Mirror is based on a Raspberry Pi Model 3 B+, a small computer thought for small projects, and the MagicMirror open source software, to make an ambitious project easily achievable.



The Smart Mirror is based on the MagicMirror software built on Electron (a wrapper for Node.js).
The software is a modular system to show several widgets.
A widget is a Javascript element consists of two main files: the core that defines how the module appears and controls the behaviour; and a Node helper that allows the communication between the widget and the Node instance. 

Due to the technical requirements, the Raspberry Pi is separated from the board on the screen.
The board has the Android operating system that presents only a web view to show the content coming from the web server on the 
Raspberry Pi and handles the tactile input from the device. 

The MagicMirror framework is enriched with ad-hoc API to allow the editing of the current configuration, changing the information and the shown modules.