Notes from Mobile World Congress 2014: Hackathons, IoT, and Amazing Tech

Mobile World Congress is a can’t-miss yearly destination; this is where developers and anyone interested in the latest mobile technologies have the unique opportunity to interact with Intel experts, learn more about the newest mobile technologies, and discover how developers are utilizing Intel tools to develop their best software. Here are just a few of the highlights from MWC 2014.  



Intel Galileo Board Hackathon, Feb. 24-25

The Intel Galileo Board Hackathon at WIPJam was a successful event, with over 100 participants teaming up to create cool stuff with the  new Intel® Galileo board running the Intel® Quark SoC X1000 (400 MHz). Projects included:

  • Using a Galileo to read data from sensors: The idea is to use a Galileo to gather data from sensors, for example energy meters. Once the data has been obtained store it locally and making it publicly available with a simple webserver.
  • Gesture-based remote control software: The goal of this project is to make gesture control software using OpenCV libraries that will recognize some hand gestures and execute some actions for each event.
  • UAV Project: An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle with a powerful Quark X1000 as main core, a bunch of sensors to provide a 10 dof, GPS and wireless communication with base and other UAVs. With this system setup, adding a camera to it will help on object detection/avoiding, and processing environmental events.
  • UNU: As a team with automotive background we want to determine how to use the new Intel Galileo Board for communication in the engine motor controller communication. Furthermore, we like to get to know the new instruction sets and get in contact with experienced developers.

The true nature of a hackathon was documented in a blog post by Internet of Things Community Manager Stewart Christie, who attended the hackathon: 




"Our null modem cables were delayed by airport customs, and did not arrive until 16:30 on our first day, but in true hackathon fashion the developers used the kit of small jumper cables we supplied to construct a pin-swapper to     get the serial port data from the Galileo board. One by one this solution rippled from team to team, like a real world viral video, and soon every team had a "community developed" fix to the problem. It wasn't very robust but it was functional and epitomized the lessons I've learned from participating in several local maker hackathons. Step one:- get something working that you can demonstrate.  Step two:- there is no step two."

New mobile development tools announced

Core aspects of the mobile ecosystem run on Intel architecture, and Intel platforms are essential in driving the mobile experience from device to datacenter. As Intel moves forward in playing a larger role in the mobile stage, we’re seeing the mobile system move to adopt technologies and platforms that Intel is already providing. Mobile essentially runs on Intel, and Intel is committed to enabling and equipping developers so they can compete in a global mobile marketplace.

To that end, several new mobile development tools were announced this week at MWC:

“Intel announced the Intel® Integrated Native Developer Experience (Intel® INDE) as a productivity suite for creating C++ or Java apps for devices running Android* and Microsoft Windows*. Intel INDE integrates tools into popular development environments, assists with every step of the app creation process and automatically updates. For embedded and mobile systems, Intel released Intel® System Studio 2014 which supports Android, Tizen* IVI, Wind River Linux 6, and VxWorks 7 as well as cross-platform development from Windows hosts. For HTML5 developers, a number of new features were added to Intel® XDK developer tool, including remote debugging, the latest Cordova 3.x API support for Android, improved performance with new Crosswalk native runtime for Android and an app profiler to easily identify performance bottlenecks.”

Internet of Things

Intriguing opportunities debuted for anyone interested in Internet of Things technologies:

“The Intel Developer Program for Internet of Things launches today as a comprehensive program to aid hobbyists, students and entrepreneurial developers by giving them the resources needed to turn ideas into applications, and then introduce those apps into the market. The program, accessible at, will host 20 events in 2014 in which members are invited to participate to gain access to one of 5,000 Intel® Galileo Development Kits for IoT. The kits include software tools and an Intel® Galileo Arduino development board on which to test and build apps. Hackathon participants are also eligible to participate in the Internet of Things Explorer Challenge to win prizes such as a Polar expedition, a Himalayas Heli safari tour or a Seven Wonders of the World tour.”

More information is available at the official Internet of Things website, including information specifically aimed towards:

  • Developers: The Intel® Developer Program for Internet of Things is a comprehensive program for hobbyists, students and entrepreneurial developers that deliver everything a software developer needs to quickly turn ideas into apps for the Internet of Things (IoT). 
  • Universities and classrooms: The Intel® Software Academic Program is excited to announce the addition of the Internet of Things (IoT) as a new aspect to the overall program. In addition to parallel computing, security and mobile computing, the Intel® Software Academic Program will be working closely with professors to inspire students to develop innovative apps on Intel® Internet of Things. In addition to the boards distributed through the previously announced Galileo academic program, universities can get access to hardware/software kits, technical support and sample codes through the Intel® Developer Zone.

Exciting opportunities are certainly ahead for developers interested in creating innovative technology with IoT! Here’s more information about the IoT Developer program via a blog penned by Scott Apeland:

“We’ve created this new IoT developer program to aid hobbyists, students and entrepreneurial developers in turning their ideas into apps for the Internet of Things. The program includes a devkit, tools, training and developer outreach. In the devkit are software tools and services from Intel and Wind River together with an Arduino compatible Intel® Galileo development board. For cloud connectivity the kit provides the IoT Analytics Platform as a Service based on Hadoop, the Mashery API Network with access to over 50 Mashery-powered APIs, and sample code for connecting to 3rd party cloud services.”

Highlights from around Intel

There’s a lot going on at MWC, far too much to cover in one blog post. Here are highlights from around Intel:

  • Highlights from Mobile World Congress, Day One: It’s been a busy first day here in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress. We just conquered our first day and couldn’t be more excited about the event and the news and partnerships coming from it. If you can’t be in Barcelona to join in on the fun, we’re recapping our top five highlights from day 1.
  • Highlights from Mobile World Congress, Day Two: As day one of the conference had a large focus on new announcements and partnerships, day two of the conference was all about the great panels and spotlight presentations. We’ve picked some of the top moments of day two below.
  • Highlights from Mobile World Congress, Day Three: From new partnerships, to a 64-bit processor spotlight, and everything in between, we’re sharing our top moments from day three of the conference in Barcelona.

You can also view highlights of Day One at MWC by clicking on the image below:

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