NOV 14-15 2023


As technology evolves and progresses, the ways in which we use it change too. Cities of all sizes are able to use data-driven insights and advanced analytics to manage their infrastructure and services, leading to increased efficiency, enriched knowledge, enhanced safety, and improved overall well-being.

Join our free, 2-day virtual developer summit packed with live workshops, panel discussions and community spotlight presentations.

We’re inviting technologists, community trailblazers and technology providers to specifically explore how technologies like machine learning, advanced data analytics and IoT in the field can transform the way in which infrastructure, public services, and essential facilities are maintained in urban environments. 


Kate Kallot

Founder and CEO, Amini

As the Founder and CEO of Amini, Kate is on a mission to solve Africa's data scarcity by building its environmental data infrastructure. With over a decade of experience in leading AI innovation at global tech companies like NVIDIA, Intel, and Arm, she has a proven track record of delivering cutting-edge solutions that drive social impact and transform communities.

Tomas Diez

Executive Director, Fab City Foundation

Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan urbanist who specializes in digital fabrication and its implications in the future of cities and society. He is co-founder of Fab Lab Barcelona at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), the director of the Fab City Research Lab, and co-founder of the Smart Citizen project.


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9:00 AM

Sustainable Development of Societies

In this keynote, Kate Kallot, CEO of Amini will discuss harmony between socioeconomic development and environment protection and how technological innovation, ecological economics, and lifestyle changes support the creation of societies that are both economically dynamic and ecologically sustainable.

Kate Kallot

CEO,  Amini

9:20 AM

Smarter Cities: Using the Nordic Thingy:53 to Prototype Predictive Maintenance Applications

As global populations continue to migrate from rural areas into urban centers, cities need to deploy technology that can understand and optimize infrastructure to serve citizens in efficient and meaningful ways. Ensuring water, electricity, gas for heating, and other services are delivered uninterrupted is critical for the welfare of citizens. Unexpected outages with industrial pumping equipment, compressors, and similar machinery can be costly and disruptive. Predictive maintenance solutions can be deployed that monitor and measure machinery, and provide workers with information about the health of a machine, before  a failure occurs. In this talk, we'll examine the Nordic Thingy:53 as a solution for understanding a machine's movement, and building a predictive maintenance machine learning model. We'll discuss the hardware, explain the workflow, and talk about the path from prototype to production in smart city infrastructure.

David Tischler

Developer Program Manager, Edge Impulse

Presenting on behalf of Nordic Semiconductor

Nordic Thingy:53

The Nordic Thingy:53™ is an easy-to-use IoT prototyping platform. It makes it possible to create prototypes and proofs-of-concept without building custom hardware. The Thingy:53 is built around the nRF5340 SoC, Nordic's flagship dual-core wireless SoC. The processing power and memory size of its dual Arm Cortex-M33 processors enables it to run embedded machine learning (ML) models directly on the device.

10:10 AM

The Raven IoT Sensor Box: Sustainable Solution That Monitors the Health of Critical Industrial or Smart City Objects.

The Raven BOX-827, created by H&D Wireless, is a robust IoT sensor box designed for Condition Based Maintenance, capable of monitoring the health, uptime, and service intervals of machines or tools. This compact unit leverages the IoT M2M cellular standards LTE-M and NB-IoT, which eliminates the need for local infrastructure like Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, thus simplifying deployment. Provided with the Griffin IoT Cloud, the system supports remote sensing applications, predictive maintenance, and can also integrate with other standard cloud solutions and innovative apps featuring comprehensive analytics such as IoTConnect® from AVNET. Suitable for industrial and smart city applications, the Raven Sensor Box 827 is a versatile, easily implemented tool offered by global mobile operators, to ensure the continuous monitoring and maintenance of critical equipment.

Gabriel Meier

Market Segment Manager, Avnet Silica

11:00 AM

Modernizing Critical Infrastructure SCADA Systems with Meadow, the Secure .NET-Powered IoT Device and Cloud Platform

Did you know that you can use contemporary, secure-IoT solutions to modernize existing  supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems? In this wide-ranging talk, Wilderness Labs’ CEO/cofounder, Bryan Costanich, will share how customers such as municipal water treatment facilities are using Meadow to modernize legacy SCADA systems and make them more resilient and adaptive by providing analytic insights with smaller, faster, lighter, cheaper, modern and secure-IoT. He’ll cover how easy it is to work with industrial sensors such as PLCs, RS-485 peripherals, 4-20mA analog sensors, and use built-in industrial protocols such as MODBUS RTU, MODBUS TCP, and M-Bus.

Bryan Costanich 

CEO + Cofounder, Wilderness Labs

11:30 AM

Hackster Community Members will share their projects focused on solutions that are making cities around the globe more resilient, safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Ivan Arakistain

Anshuman Fauzdar

Pradeep S

Samuel Alexander

Pablo Zuloaga Betancourt

12:30 PM

From Idea to Implementation in Urban Environments

A conversation with tech experts, policy makers and community members that aims to educate developers on opportunities and barriers of designing and deploying impactful solutions in their city.

Adam Benzion

Jason JonMichael

Senior Strategist, 

US Dept. of Transportation

Senior Vice President, Edge Impulse



Constantin Craciun

CEO, Zalmotek

Guneet Bedi

Senior Vice President, General Manager, Arduino

1:15 PM

Roundtable Discussion With Microchip’s The Future of Resilient Cities Contest Judges

Hackster has partnered up with Microchip in launching a new contest featuring Microchip’s AVR-IoT Cellular Mini board to develop smart city applications. In this contest, participants will use cloud-connected sensor technologies to drive useful insight to help identify potential risks, develop emergency response plans, and implement early warning systems for city readiness.

Join us for interactive session with our panel of judges including Bob Martin (the Wizard of Make at Microchip), Keenan Johnson (cofounder of Ribbit Network), Dahl Winters (CEO of TerraNexum), Kate Fisher (co-founder of Sunflex Solar), and Jeremy Gosteau (Senior Director of Product Marketing at Sequans Communications). Together, we will delve into the intricacies of crafting an exceptional contest submission and explore the art of architecting a robust, comprehensive system that lays the groundwork for successful deployment. As part of this session, we will also be unveiling an exciting contest hardware giveaway campaign.

Bob Martin

Wizard of Make, Sr. Staff Engineer, Microchip

Keenan Johnson


The Ribbit Network

Dahl Winters

CEO, TerraNexum

Kate Fisher


Sunflex Solar LLC

Jeremy Gosteau

Senior Director of Product Marketing, Sequans Communications

1:45 PM

Build a Smarter City with (Swappable) Cellular, Wi-Fi, and LoRa

Building wireless connectivity into smart cities is no longer "one size fits all". Every physical location, every geographical region, every building can have differing needs. How do you design a single system to adapt to those needs? Blues is a wireless connectivity company that allows you to write code once, and deploy across Cat-1, LTE-M, NB-IoT, or 2G Cellular - oh, and Wi-Fi and LoRa/LoRaWAN to boot. In this workshop, learn more about how Blues is making smart cities easier to build and scale with simple and affordable device-to-cloud connectivity.

Rob Lauer

Director of Developer Relations, 


Blues Starter Kit

TJ VanToll

Principal Developer Advocate,


2:35 PM

Making City Living Easier and Safer through AI-enabled SoCs

AI has played a critical role in the resiliency and sustainability of modern cities, helping evolve many applications over the years. These applications include traffic cameras, counting cars on the road, counting people in a subway, parking management and even critical safety applications such as accident or fire prevention. While these applications are almost endless, they have one thing in common—they all use AI at the edge in which critical data is pre-processed very close to the situation under evaluation. Edge AI provides advantages key to smart city and public safety applications, including privacy law compliance and data security, while reducing data bandwidth, latency, and cost.

In this session participants will learn how to quickly build smart city applications requiring edge AI with Avnet’s RZboard single board computer (SBC) , based on Renesas’ RZ/V2L processor with enriched AI features. "

Dirk Seidel

Channel Marketing Manager, Renesas


9:00 AM

Empowering Communities through Distributed Design and Innovation for Regenerative Impact of the Future

In this keynote, the Director of Fab City Foundation Tomas Diez will share working practices and knowledge of Fab City Global Initiative. Fab City is an innovative urban model that empowers communities to build their own sustainable, self-sufficient innovative, and regenerative futures with technology and meaningful design. Based on the Fab Lab (fabrication lab) concept, the Fab City Global Initiative was born with the goal of scaling a Fab Lab to the urban dimension. It gathers creative industries, makers, social entrepreneurs, government employees, and NGOs who are working in a “full-stack” framework to accelerate policy adoption towards localized production, circular economies, and equitable resource allocation.

Fab City Network and the global collective foster structured implementation through innovation projects, distributed educational programs, knowledge transfer opportunities and network building. More than 52 cities/regions from around the world and 30+ organizations have pledged to join this sustainable cities movement. Explore how digital infrastructure, policy, bio-regions, heritage, hubs design and talent incubation all work together to create resiliency and regenerative impact of the future rooted in communities.

Tomas Diez

Executive Director, Fab City Foundation

9:20 AM

Technology Resiliency in Urban Environments

An open conversation on building technology resiliency in developing urban environments – whether helping a growing city become more resilient through technology or the knowledge and resources required for technology longevity in developing nations.

Bee Hayes-Thakore

Kevin Schmidt

Specialist - Urban Innovation, Technologies, and Digitalization, UNDP

Violet Su

VP of Marketing, Kigen

Business Development Manager,

Seeed Studio


Andrew Lamb

Renuka Thakore

Chair, Internet of Production Alliance

Founder, Global Sustainable Futures Progress through Partnerships Network (GSFN)

10:10 AM

Sustainable Cities Using Smart Efficient AI

In this workshop we'll look at various ways new sustainable cities will use AI to ensure that there is a low power, cost effective way to create cities of tomorrow. There are already plans for developing these cities, like “The Line” in Saudi Arabia; and we all know that autonomous vehicles are just around the corner. BrainChip is working with many partners to develop and deploy key use cases that target several of these applications such as preventative maintenance, environmental monitoring and control, and smart city infrastructure. This workshop will provide design efficiencies and edge-based constraints that allow these cities of tomorrow to fully realize cost effective methods in which AI can be used for good. Please join us for another BrainChip workshop, that will allow you to see some of the benefits of BrainChip’s Akida Technology.

Todd Vierra

Vice President Customer Engagement, BrainChip


11:00 AM

An Introduction to Embedded Programming

Resilient cities need smart technologies embedded in them, but developing those embedded systems can be quite different from developing a traditional software solution. This workshop is designed for application software developers who want to expand their skillset into the world of embedded programming. We will start with a high level look at the differences between traditional application software stacks and those used for embedded programming, before diving into a real world example using a Raspberry Pi Pico, the Arduino IDE, and some readily available components to build a basic smart sensor. After this workshop attendees will be equipped to start following along with the more complex examples they’ll find on

Michael Hall

Principle Developer Evangelist, Arm

11:50 AM

Hackster Community Members will share their projects focused on solutions that are making cities around the globe more resilient, safer, cleaner and more efficient.

George Ifeanyi Igwegbe

Naveen Kumar

Justin Lutz

Constantin Craciun

TinyAutomator: Revolutionizing Urban Resilience with Predictive Maintenance

Kutluhan Aktar

12:40 PM

Open City: Urban Digital Twins to Support Public Interaction and Mobility Research at Scale

Advances in low-cost virtual reality technology, street view data collection and open city data sharing make it possible to build immersive virtual models of real-world cities. These "urban digital twins" can be coupled with interaction engines and real-world sensing to create virtual city infrastructure that enables people to experience a wide variety of research environments and enables researchers to understand how people will respond to applications such as urban driving, pedestrian traffic, and even emergency flooding scenarios.

Wendy Ju

Associate Professor, Cornell Tech

1:20 PM

AI and Telecommunications

Thomas Basikolo joins us to chat about his work managing AI for Good activities at ITU, including recurring challenges such as the TinyML Challenge, the AI/ML in 5G challenge, and the GeoAI Challenge – a competition aimed at providing solutions for collaboratively addressing real-world geospatial problems. He also advises the ITU-T Focus Group on Autonomous Networks. Join us for a special edition of Hackster Café, hosted by Hackster’s Alex Glow.

Thomas Basikolo

Program Officer, International Telecommunication Union

2:00 PM

'Smarter' Cities: Why We Need Frugal Innovation For Urban Development

'Smart cities' are often designed from a pure high-tech angle which risks turning cities into technology projects. Truly smart cities should recognize the ambiguity of lives and livelihoods, and be driven by outcomes beyond the implementation of AI, 5G, and Big Data. Frugal innovation can play a key role. This includes drawing on the talent and ingenuity of local makers, building a community of civictech champions, and leveraging innovation wherever it can be found.

Kevin Schmidt

Specialist - Urban Innovation, Technologies, and Digitalization, UNDP

2:30 PM

Hackster Impact 2023 Winner Announcement

The Hackster Impact Award recognizes a team or an individual who represents a significant contribution to using technology to make the world a better place. Tune in to this final session of the day to see who won our 2023 Impact Award and how their solutions are making a significant impact in the pursuit of resilient and sustainable cities!