Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Flood warning and blind aids win Infineon and LG hackathon

Steve Rogerson
June 27, 2019



A flood warning system and a clip-on module to help visually impaired people were the winners of last week’s inaugural IoT hackathon in Singapore organised by German electronics company Infirneon and South Korea’s LG Electronics.
 
The aim of the Infineon LG </> Make Hackathon was to empower seasoned start-ups and student entrepreneurs to create technology for the IoT that will run on the LG WebOS open source platform with Infineon microelectronics capabilities such as intelligence, power efficiency, security and sensing.
 
Infineon and LG provided innovators with technology guidance, as well as access to products and software, to help the shortlisted teams develop and showcase proofs-of-concepts to a panel of judges at Infineon’s Asia Pacific office in Singapore.
 
"This hackathon is about a shared community of innovators driven by a common desire to use leading-edge technologies to build a better future for all," said Chua Chee Seong, president and managing director of Infineon in Asia Pacific. “We are delighted to be a strategic partner of LG in nurturing innovation in a globally connected ecosystem. Together, we can make life easier, safer and greener in tomorrow's connected world.”
 
GoReMas Enterprise from Malaysia and Wangi Lai PLT from Malaysia were awarded the top and second prize respectively for their innovations.
 
GoReMas Enterprise's Floodsensed prototype is an IoT flood monitoring system with social media alerts on Facebook, Slack, Telegram (with images and location maps) and YouTube live stream. The equipment gathers rain volumes, water levels, temperature and barometric pressure from device gateways and nodes, then sends the data to the Floodsensed IoT platform that comes with dashboard visualisation for users.
 
Wangi Lai PLT's Bawa Cane is a clip-on module for existing white canes that helps the blind and visually impaired identify and avoid obstacles with shared insights and foresight through data analytics.
 
The winners were selected by a panel of judges from LG and Infineon based on criteria ranging from problem identification, concept development and innovation, to ease of implementation, stability and presentation. They topped a pool of 14 start-ups and student entrepreneurs from countries such as China, India, Malaysia, Ukraine and Singapore. The first and second prize winners received SG$5000 and SG$3000 respectively.
 
"Our goal is to build and grow a global WebOS community where developers may leverage a wide range of WebOS functionalities such as AI, connectivity and IoT in their collaborative work to produce innovations and services that together shape an even better life for all," said IP Park, president and CTO of LG Electronics. "LG is excited to be a co-host of this event with Infineon, who has long been our valued partner in hardware, and wishes this hackathon to be the beginning of creating the future of IoT together."