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Discussing The Internet of Things with PyLadies Amsterdam

Last Tuesday  (July 21) it was time for our 12th meetup! It was hosted by Optimizely (thank you) and the theme was ‘Internet of Things’.

About us
PyLadies Amsterdam is a group for Python female programmers at any level of experience from the Amsterdam Area. PyLadies is an international mentorship group with a focus on helping more women become active participants and leaders in the Python open-source community. Our mission is to promote, educate and advance a diverse Python community through outreach, education, conferences, events and social gatherings. PyLadies also aims to provide a friendly support network for women and a bridge to the larger Python world. While the focus is on women, anyone with an interest in Python is encouraged to participate! If you want to know everything about our next meetup and such, you can go here. If you’d like to know more about PyLadies International, please check this website.

18.30 – 19.00: register
19.00 – 19.10 Welcome & some info about PyLadies AMS
19.10 – 19.35: Claudia Vicol: Using API’s with Python
19.30 – 19.55: Kathryn Castle: Amsterdam & The Internet of Things
19.55 – 20.00: small break
20.00 – 20.45: Sander van de Graaf: Introduction to IoT.
20.45 – 21.00: End, room for discussion and talking

Claudia Vicol:  Using API’s with Python
Claudia told us everything about API’s and why Python is a great language to work with them; easy to understand for beginners, not a lot of scaffold code, had already modules that deal with most networking types and communication. She shared some important thoughts on data gathering (we shouldn’t just collect it, but use it) and gave us to tasks as developers: that it’s our duty to make API’s and that we should take security seriously. Her slides will be online soon.


Kathryn Castle: Amsterdam & The Internet of Things
So what is ‘IoT’? Kathryn shared the following definition: “The Internet of Things refers to the ever-growing network of physical objects that feature an IP address for internet connectivity and the communication that occurs between these objects and other Internet-enabled devices and systems.” Kathryn also talked about some great projects and gave us great examples on ‘How Amsterdam is working towards a smarter world’. Did you know you can hack your coffee machine so that there’s a fresh pot of coffee waiting for you when you’re awake? Great start of the morning! (And btw, Sander van de Graaf actually did something like that. Watch here). And have you heard of the ‘Amsterdam Beacon Mile‘? So many exciting things to do! Curious for more?  Take a look at her slides here.


Sander van de Graaf – Introduction to IoT
Dr. Bendo gave us a great explanation of IoT. But that was not it! He also gave us a small history lesson on open hardware (the making of Arduino Uno, Lilypad Arduino, Beaglebone, the Raspberry Pi e.g.). It was very nice that he actually had some Arduinos & Pi’s with him. It turned into a fun live demo where he showed us how to program your Raspberry Pi (yes, and it worked!). Sanders presentation ended with some awesome advice on what you can hack yourself at home: baby monitors, alarm clock, washing machine, coffee machine, radio.. (okay, just almost everything with buttons actually). Curious? Have a look at Sanders YouTube playlist:  Check out Sanders YouTube playlist here!


I think the evening was very inspiring and we hade some great discussions. Thank you speakers, thank you Optimizely, thank you my awesome PyLadies co-organisers & thank you all for coming :)

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See you next time!