Creative Collaborations

Creative Collaborations

Ever since my first day with the company here at NewieVentures, I’ve been told that innovation is our specialty. I never really stopped to think about what that meant. This is until the Head of Tech at NewieVentures suggested I write a blog post about it.

LoRaWAN: OTAA or ABP?

LoRaWAN: OTAA or ABP?

Every newcomer to LoRaWAN eventually needs to know how to get data from a LoRaWAN device. If you're ready to get your hands dirty, you've probably gone searching for answers and been rather underwhelmed. Here, I've attempted to put all the concepts you'll need to wrap your head around this seemingly confusing mess together in one place.

LoRa-What?

LoRa-What?

You might already be excited for the rumours about local governments and telcos making moves to install LoRaWAN infrastructure in cities across Australia.

Then again, you might be like me, and have no idea what LoRaWAN is (until of course your boss asks you to write a blog about it).

Hot IoT Themes for 2018

Hot IoT Themes for 2018

Last week Newcastle IoT Pioneers had their first gathering for 2018. I took the opportunity to reveal some stats from the recent group survey, and then dove into four themes that I expect to define the Internet of Things in 2018

Trialling 'smart' public transport in Lake Macquarie - what will it take to succeed?

Trialling 'smart' public transport in Lake Macquarie - what will it take to succeed?

You grab your phone, open an app, type in your destination and select ‘send’. A few minutes later you receive an alert, and you head out to start your journey - in a public transport bus, which has stopped right on your block.

The skills children learn through STEM education

The skills children learn through STEM education

If you have a school age child, chances are you’ve heard all about the importance of STEM education - that’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Globalisation has driven us into a knowledge-based economy, where technological skills are highly valued. We need to be able to interpret data and solve complex problems, to think critically and seek innovative solutions. 

Why is data useful?

Why is data useful?

The world seems to be caught in a spiral of collecting more and more data, with an estimate of 44 trillion gigabytes of data to be created by 2020. Data about who we are, what we do, when we do it, how and why we do it. Putting aside the question of privacy and whether or not we are getting closer to an 1984 scenario, why do we collect data? Why do we think it is a useful thing to do? 

Manufacturing electronics in China (Part 2)

Manufacturing electronics in China (Part 2)

This article is the second of two, reflecting on a recent trip to China. As explained in article one, I joined a cohort from Eighteen04 in Newcastle, Australia, to explore the electronics manufacturing powerhouse in Shenzhen, China. The journey was a great success, thanks to the amazing guidance of Brinc.io.