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Updated: Nov 16, 2022

The Latest From Code Savvy - IoT Hack Day 2022

This next weekend, Saturday the 22nd, we are hosting an Internet of Things (IoT) Hack Day event. We will be holding space for the young and old, beginner and advanced, to learn together and get hands-on experience programming for IoT.

This event is a chance to connect with others who are interested in creating with technology and have a full day dedicated to hacking together a project that could eventually become a viable product on the market!

After a two-year hiatus, this event is back in-person at Minnetronix Medical from 8am to 7pm, and food, drinks, and snacks will be provided throughout the day, thanks to our good friends at Intel.

It’s still not too late to register, so we hope to see you there!

This Week’s Spotlight and Project-Inspiration Theme: Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated on October 24th! This five-day-long celebration is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains across the world. During Diwali, many establishments and houses are adorned with diyas (small oil lamps), fireworks, and treats are also enjoyed by those celebrating. Another aspect of the holiday is the exchange of gifts between friends and family to show their love and appreciation. Every religion has differing historical events and stories on how and why they celebrate the festival.

The schedule for the five days of Diwali:

  1. Dhanteras: People buy gold, silver, clothes, and more to symbolize good luck.

  2. Naraka Chaturdashi: After waking up early in the morning, people bathe in natural oils and clean their houses. They also create patterns on their floor known as rangoli.

  3. Diwali: On the main day of the celebration, people decorate their houses with diyas and lights, participate in a gift exchange, and enjoy treats.

  4. Govardhan Puja: To show gratitude to Lord Krishna, crowds gather in temples to honor the deity. Friends and relatives also visit and give good wishes for the new year.

  5. Bhai Dooj: A gift exchange also occurs on this day, but the focus is on the love of siblings, specifically between brothers and sisters.

In honor of the festival and preparation for the IoT Hack Day this weekend, how can you create something inspired by the festival of light? Check out this article written by Dan McCreary about NeoPixels, circuits, and sample programs. Can you combine NeoPixels and Diwali? If not with NeoPixels, how can you use CS to create a design inspired by rangoli?

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