• 1st East-African

    Workshop on

    the Internet Of Things


One week of Inspiration!

- May 2015, University of Rwanda - Kigali

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the networked interconnection of objects in addition to traditional networked devices. This new technology has the potential to change the world, just as the Internet did. This is starting to happen, as the continual decrease in size, cost, and energy consumption of wireless devices is boosting the number of mobile objects dramatically. The number of mobile objects composing the IoT will be huge: in 2020 between 12 and 50 billion devices are expected to be connected with each other, a 12 to 50-fold increase from 2012.

The Vision

IoT technology is facilitating a revolution in our understanding of nature by providing observations at a fine spatial-temporal resolution. IoT has the potential to revolutionize science and influence social, environmental and health issues.


30 participants from 5 different East African countries. Lecturers from Africa, Europe, South America and Asia!


To prepare for the IoT paradigm shift, scientists need to begin to evaluate new and developing technologies, establish collaborations and participate in joint efforts with experts in sensor technology, communications, information management, and networking to design and implement prototypes of IoT.


Learn From These Great Folks

Lecturers from Europe, Africa, Asia and America.


30 participants from Rwanda, DRC, Uganda and Kenya. The full list is here.

  • Marco Zennaro

    Marco Zennaro

    ICTP, Italy
  • Rodrigo Carbajales

    Rodrigo Carbajales

    ICTP, Italy
  • Tim X Brown

    Tim X Brown

    CMU, Rwanda
  • Santhi Kumaran

    Santhi Kumaran

    University of Rwanda, Rwanda
  • Sandor Markon

    Sandor Markon

    Kobe Institute of Computing, Japan
  • Gaurav Bajpai

    Gaurav Bajpai

    University of Rwanda, Rwanda


First Day

Welcome to the workshop! Today we will start by introducing some Internet of Things concepts, followed by a short introduction to Open Software and Hardware. In the afternoon we will start working with the nodes by installing the Arduino IDE and running the first examples.

Registration and Opening Session

Coffee Break

Introduction to Internet of Things

Santhi Kumaran

University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Intro to the Workshop and to the IoT kit

Marco Zennaro ICTP (Italy)


Second Day

Welcome to the second day! Today we will go wireless. We will learn about wireless technologies used in IoT. In the afternoon we will send data wirelessly from one node to the other.

Introduction to Radio Physics

Tim X Brown CMU-Rwanda

Coffee Break

WSN Communications (802.15.4, WiFi, GPRS, BT)

Marco Zennaro ICTP (Italy)

Open Software, Open Hardware and Arduino

Sandor Markon KIC (Japan)


Third Day

Today we will learn about low power sensor operation and about middleware. In the afternoon we will connect our IoT network to the external world and visualize data!

Intro to Middleware

Gaurav Bajpai ISMB

Coffee Break


Fourth Day

Welcome to the fourth day! Today we will deploy a IoT network. We will have fun!

University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology, Nyarugenge Campus, (former) KIST 2 building


Fifth Day

Welcome to the fifth day! Today we will analyze the results of the deployments and discuss about the way forward.

Discussion: lessons learned from the deployment

Tim Brown CMU - Rwanda

Coffee Break

Closing Remarks

Prof Silas Lwakabamba Hon Minister of Education - Rwanda

Closing Ceremony



  • UR

    University of Rwanda

    The University of Rwanda (UR) is a higher education institution formed in 2013 through the merger of Rwanda's previously independent public institutions of higher education, the largest of which was the National University of Rwanda. As of January 2015, the university had 30,445 students, of whom 28,875 were undergraduates and 1,570 postgraduates. 99.4 per cent of UR students are Rwandan nationals. It employs 1,450 academics and 816 support and administrative staff.



  • CMU

    Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda

    Carnegie Mellon University has embarked on an exciting opportunity to transform graduate education in Africa. With a history of excellence in higher education and as a global thought leader in technology innovation, Carnegie Mellon is the first U.S. research institution offering degrees in Africa with an in-country presence.



  • NTW


    NetworkTheWorld.Org is a nonprofit public benefit corporation. Its mission is to help improve quality of life and help reduce poverty in the developing world by improving Internet access and communications infrastructure.




    Ministry of Education, Rwanda

    The mission of the Ministry of Education is: “to transform the Rwandan citizen into skilled human capital for socio-economic development of the country ...” The Directorate of Science Technology and Research (DSTR) has the responsibility for the implementation of the Rwanda National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The mandate of DSTR is among others; to provide government with a wide policy coordination and policy development function in the broad STI sector, delivery of programmes to support research capacity and private sector development and support for STI in educational institutions. The Directorate has the responsibility for developing strategy and overseeing the implementation of all programmes related to the building of Science, Technology and Innovation capacity in Rwanda across all sectors including: Education, Infrastructure, energy, agriculture, health, and environment, including climate change."



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