Though it looks as though we might be in for a chilly Easter, things are generally warming and and we’re starting to see some green on the ground. We’re getting close to our next MotM session about The Things Network, which should yield some pretty interesting discussion! Our presenter this month attended the first The Things Network Conference in Amsterdam this year and has a lot of great insight into the underlying LoRaWAN technology driving one of the many waves of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT).

I’m hoping we can build more on some of the great discussions we had during MotM-10. Part of what makes Meeting of the Minds interesting is not just the tech itself but the insights from everyone regarding how it can be applied (and also, sometimes, the why). LoRaWAN, one of a few emerging Low-Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies, has some unique properties that enable some fascinating possibilities for sensor deployments. I’m sure everyone will have some neat ideas to chat about.

We’ll be meeting again on Thursday, April 5th at 6:30pm in Bonner Springs at Third Space Coffee. We’ve reserved the conference room for 6:30pm, but we usually gather before than–after all, there is great coffee and tasty bits to be had there. Come a little earlier to get things going even sooner!

In 2018, we’re continuing to raffle off a license to one of JetBrains’ wonderful IDE’s. If you end up working with Python at all, it is difficult to match the features and functionality of their PyCharm environment. They’ve got a bunch of great products, but I couldn’t help mentioning PyCharm after having it really help me out a lot over the past months. It continues to be great to have their support for KC Tech Group.

Have a great Easter and happy coding!

–Kevin Collins