We recently achieved an incredible milestone in the Zürich community of The Things Network : we crossed the 100 gateway mark!
Let me repeat that: there are more than 100 crowd-sourced gateways in Zurich providing open and free LoRaWAN connectivity to everyone around!
This is remarkable because it means that a comparatively small percentage of the population managed to organize themselves in decentralized way to provide solid infrastructure to the entire community! And that is something to celebrate!
Kudos to the amazing community that is pulling this off!
We are very, very happy to announce that today our Open Network Infrastructure Association has been awarded in the category Open Internet at the very first edition of DINAcon , the conference for digital sustainability.
Thank you for being part of this and making it possible!
Between January 27th and February 4th, Zürich was the stage of a community-organized hackathon around the topic of civic technologies, and in particular, The Things Network currently operated in the city.
60 participants, 17 LoRaWAN projects
The event was driven by the The Things Network Zürich community in cooperation with the City of Zürich with the goal of bringing together the hacker/maker community that has been deeply involved in the local deployment of The Things Network and the city administration with the idea of exploring new solutions for the city’s problems.
The event attracted around 60 participants from different disciplines that got together on Friday 27th to kick-off an intense week of hacking leading up to a 2-day hackathon on Friday 3rd-Saturday 4th.
During these two days, we had Wienke Giezeman as a special guest on-site, as well as the presence numerous journalists that were covering the event, which culminated with the presentations of a total of 17 projects.
Swiss country page
In the days after the event, we also announced the launch of the The Things Network Switzerland country page to promote nation-wide coverage, a project that is being pushed forward by various TTN communities in the country, with the guidance of the Open Network Infrastructure Association.
Yesterday was an amazing day: after months in the making, we finally sealed the deal and founded a civil association to support and promote swiss TTN communities and -more generally- open network infrastructure projects in the country!
Thank you so much to everyone involved!! We were over 20 founding members, and not only Zürich was present, the communities from Bern and Lausanne also joined the founding!
Having a legal entity to represent us will help a lot in ensuring reliability and funding of the network’s operation, and it serves as a bridge between worlds: it allows the community to engage into legal contracts with companies (which otherwise don’t usually know how to deal with a collective of people without legal personality).
One important detail to emphasize is that this will be an instrument to support the community, never a replacement of community in any way!
In the coming days, we will wrap up the formalities (protocol, articles of association, etc and then open source it on github for everyone to fork and replicate this idea anywhere else!