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Some 45 schools across Flanders took part in the first edition of IoTopia. For 250 pupils in their final two years of secondary education, the competition was a step-by-step introduction to the Internet of Things (IoT). The entries were whittled down to ten finalists, who got to propose their project in Technopolis Mechelen. In the end, KSJoma from Merksem proved too strong for their 9 rivals.

SmartStore Fitting Room, KSJoma

A handy tool if you hate wasting time waiting in front of the fitting room. An app uses motion sensors to tell the user in real time how long the queues at the fitting rooms are. It is even possible to reserve a fitting room. In this case, a message is sent as soon as one of the fitting rooms becomes available.

Kathleen Kuypers from KSJoma: 'We are obviously over the moon with this victory. Developing our IoT solution was quite a challenge. Right off the bat we had tons of wonderful ideas but for the development of our favorite idea, we called upon the expertise of our partners and we were very grateful for their assistance in using the tool kit. Right away our pupils were extremely motivated and, as a school, we will continue to focus on the digital world, especially now that we've won this great competition.'

An impressive 117 project proposals were submitted for this first edition. The competition challenges pupils to come up with projects to make life at school, at home or in the city more agreeable with the help of the internet of things. Over 18,000 public votes were cast to select the best 100 entries. Next, 100 teams set to work to elaborate their ideas with the aid of an IoTopia Rapid Development Kit. Made available by Intel, this kit includes, amongst others, a communication module and a processor for automation.

The IoTopia school competition was conceived last year by IoT company AllThingsTalk, telecom provider Mobistar and design agency Studio Dott. Agoria, AXA, Go, Intel, Plantyn and Technopolis also contributed to the success of this first edition, either as a logistical or financial partner. In light of the success of this maiden edition, a second season of IoTopia is already in the pipeline.

Source : http://www.4-traders.com/MOBISTAR-5954/news/Mobistar-KSJoma-from-Merksem-Antwerp-developed-a-smart-fitting-room-and-wins-lsquo-Internet-of-22205937/

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