Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

Technology conference sessions

Success in the Solid space will take more than a visionary idea. It will also take some hard-core-technical, roll-up-your-sleeves development. Our most technical track, covers the protocols, technologies, and techniques that you need to understand to make your ideas become reality.

9:00am–12:30pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Location: Fleet Room (Bldg D)
Michael McCool (Intel), Rex St. John (Intel), Ramesh Peri (Intel)
Average rating: **...
(2.81, 26 ratings)
Javascript is unique in that it can be used to program every part of an IoT system: the devices, the servers, and user interface. Node.js can be used for both embedded devices and servers in the cloud, while HTML5 can provide a user interface that works on any device. In this tutorial we will work through the development of a simple but complete IoT system using only Javascript. Read more.
9:00am–5:00pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Location: Southside Theater (Bldg D)
Matthew Berggren (Supplyframe)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 14 ratings)
This hands-on workshop looks at the process of building a printed circuit board (PCB) from soup to nuts. We’ll learn basic PCB terminology, how boards are fabricated / assembled, look at the circuit design process, which tools are available and common software concepts. We'll also look at best practices, rules and constraints, standards, and ultimately build a board ready to manufacture. Read more.
1:30pm–5:00pm Tuesday, 06/23/2015
Location: Herbst Pavilion
Don Coleman (Chariot Solutions), Alasdair Allan (Babilim Light Industries), Sandeep Mistry (Arduino)
Average rating: ****.
(4.67, 30 ratings)
You've heard a lot about Bluetooth low energy, but do you understand how it works? This workshop will give you a chance to get hands-on experience building a Bluetooth smart device and an iPhone or Android application to control it. Read more.
2:55pm–3:35pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: Southside Theater (Bldg D)
Tony DiCola (Adafruit)
Average rating: ***..
(3.86, 7 ratings)
From its beginning ten years ago in Limor “Ladyada” Fried’s dorm room, Adafruit has been dedicated to open hardware that empowers its customers to build great things. This presentation will show how Adafruit applies this principle to the Internet of Things with the new Adafruit.IO service, allowing makers to interact with their creations over the internet. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Hugo Fiennes (Electric Imp)
Average rating: ****.
(4.80, 10 ratings)
There have been a lot of scary news stories about Internet of Things security, or lack of it. With connected devices skyrocketing, experts have expressed serious concerns about products falling victim to hackers and compromising the security of entire networks. Hugo Fiennes, CEO of Electric Imp, will explore best practices in IoT security and how businesses can safeguard their connected devices. Read more.
2:05pm–2:45pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Russ Fadel (ThingWorx)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
The old adage of the customer always being right might need an asterisk in the Internet of Things world. As products continue to get smarter and more connected, not only should we listen to our customers, but we must listen to our products as well. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: Generals Residence
Elissa Shevinsky (Jekudo Privacy Company)
Average rating: *****
(5.00, 1 rating)
How do we build connected devices in a secure way? We'll start with an overview of potential hacks that impact the connected home, covering both the whimsical (pranking a neighbor so his printer informs him that it has achieved sentience), and the serious (compromising the core functionalities of a connected car). We'll conclude with best practices for baking security into connected devices. Read more.
4:35pm–5:15pm Thursday, 06/25/2015
Location: C 210 (Bldg C)
Jeff Gray (Spies & Assassins), Mike Dory (kbs+ | Spies & Assassins)
Building interactive installations and immersive environments is a very customized endeavor, often proprietary and time-consuming to organize. Drawing on some of our recent findings at KBS's Spies and Assassins, we'll use this hour to explore how retrofitting new tools in provisioning websites has increased our ability to quickly install and run interactive environments for events and activations. Read more.