Microsoft Ukraine has launched an Internet of Things (IoT) laboratory, as reported earlier this month by Ukrainian tech blog AIN.UA. Ukrainian projects willing to work in this field will be selected to receive an equipped working space to study and work.
A six-month preparation cycle will include training, working on a product and its demonstration, supplier and manufacturer management. “As an output, we want each team to have a client to buy its product and a signed contract with a manufacturer to produce it,” said Sergey Poplavsky, the project supervisor and an IT professional, in an exchange with AIN.UA.
Selection criteria are standard. “Anyone with basic experience in programming and a background in radioelectronics is welcome to apply. What is the most important is a good idea of a product to develop,” adds Sergey.
The application deadline is December 10.
The benefits for the startups include software and hardware implementation of the projects, access to the equipment (Arduino, Netduino, and Raspberry Pi 2 boards), sensor assemblies, modules, measuring equipment such as oscillographs or multimeters, etc. The startups also receive a working space, assistance in entering the market and free Azure cloud services for three years under the BizSpark program.
Fifteen teams selected to work at the laboratory will be announced at the official opening on December 15.
The IoT lab is a long-term initiative by Microsoft Ukraine. The next wave of enrolment is planned for for summer 2016.Source: http://uadn.net/2015/11/27/microsoft-launches-internet-of-things-laboratory-in-kyiv/