Technical support

Future City Challenge is the greatest IoT hack event in Finland, with all the major cities involved. The event is jointly organised by Etteplan, Digita and IBM. For more information, take a look at the official web site

Join the Facebook group Future City Challenge 2018

This web page provides technical support and information for teams attending the Challenge. The public content at this web site may be useful for anybody playing with the same technology.

Good luck and have fun!



Etteplan provides hands-on support and coaching sessions in each city attending the Challenge. In these sessions our friendly engineers help your team with any technical difficulties you may have. Don't be afraid if there are technologies you're not yet familiar with. Together we'll make it work!

Check dates and places of coaching sessions here.

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Teams attending the challenge are supplied with starter kit containing Sodaq Explorer IoT development board. The board contains programmable microcontroller and LoRa radio interface. There are also interfaces for various expansion options.

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Embedded software for the hardware is developed with Easy to use developer-friendly Arduino IDE, popular among makers. Arduino ecosystem provides massive amount of support material for all skill levels. 

Basic instructions for setting up development environment and creating custom application are described here.

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Digita operates nationwide IoT network in Finland. This section explains basics of LoRa technology and how to use the data communication.

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Cloud applications

Bluemix is Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud service from IBM. It consists dozens of readily available services easy to integrate with your application, including APIs of many Watson services for analytics and cognitive computing. This section provides basic information how to start using Bluemix to make your innovation a reality. 

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