The Technological University of Panamá and three international developers win the IoT Spartans Challenge
Only a ten per cent of 1,200 participants has been capable to finish the online educational program that Libelium opened to find the best Intenert of Things (IoT) developers. The contest results confirms that there is an important gap between the skills demanded by IoT companies and the practical knowledge of future developers.
The final battle has come to the end and only 120 IoT warriors have finished the program. “The exams were difficult but our aim was to discover the best prepared developers for future workforce on Internet of Things”, says Alicia Asín, Libelium CEO.
It has been a fierce battle and only could be three winners. Congratulations to all of them:
- Emanuele Goldoni from Italy.
- Khaled Brahem from Tunisia.
- Sergio Lopez from Spain.
They have been awarded with three cash prizes of 3.000 €, 1.500 € and 500 € respectively and, of course, with the glory of entering in the Olympus of IoT best developers.
Apart from individual winners, Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá is the enrolled university that has won the amazing prize of 5,000 € in equipment from the Libelium catalog.
Libelium wants to express gratitude to 1,200 participants and ten Universities enrolled and encourage them to continue learning with Libelium IoT educational platform. In fact, Libelium gives special recognition to the Universties that joined the challenge offering their students the hardware needed to follow the webinars and online quizzes: Universidad Politécnica of Cartagena (Spain), College of Nyíregyháza (Hungary), Universidad of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Bhoomraddi College of Engineering & Technology (India), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), Universidad Tecnológica of Panamá, Universidad de Córdoba (Spain), Escuela Politécnica Nacional of Ecuador, Instituto Politécnico of Aveiro (Portugal) and CyRIC, Cyprus Research & Innovation Center.
Microsoft, that joined the IoT Spartans Challenge to improve the professional careers of top ten developers in the ranking, will push participants as entrepreneurs with the Bizspark entrepreneur programme. In this sense, Microsoft will provide to the ten first classified, by free, during three years, all its software for the development and proves in products as Visual Studio, Windows and Office, with a range of more than 1,300 products. The ten winners will also be allowed to access to Azure cloud service with a free credit of 650 € per month (5 accounts of 130 €/month) in the three-years-programme.
Microsoft BizSpark gives startups 3 years of free stuff – software, services, tech support, and a lot more of services in Azure cloud (https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/channel9spain/Welcome-to-Azure). Your startup qualifies if it is less than 5 years old, is privately held, and earns less than $1M annually. And at the end of your 3 years, you keep all the software you’ve downloaded – at no cost. Get up to $750 per month of FREE Azure cloud services for 3 years; that’s $150 per month each for up to 5 developers.
Libelium will launch the second edition of The IoT Spartans Challenge in autumn and keep the platform open during summer with the aim that Universities and Technical Schools organize electronic summer camp with IoT Spartans Challenge educational program. “Adding Waspmote Sensor Platform documentation to educational programs opens a wide range of posibilities for students in one of the best IoT platforms”, says Alicia Asín.
Take a look to the IoT Spartans Challenge ranking and discover the who are the true IoT Warriors.
For more info about the next IoT Spartans Challenge edition contact to firstname.lastname@example.org.