Who can join?

Everyone is welcome to join! Designers, makers, coders, every point of view counts!

But I’m really a complete beginner. Can I still come?

Of course! The greater the diversity of backgrounds and skills, the more awesome the outcome!

How much does it cost?

Nothing. It is totally free.

What is civic tech?

Technology enables citizen engagement. This means citizens building or maintaining some of the infrastructure for their city, instead of only governments and companies being in charge of everything. Groups to share knowledge and support each other in projects and civic tech initiatives exist in most cities of the world, among them, here in Zurich. We are part of a community that has already deployed a LoRaWAN network in the city, and indeed, throughout Switzerland.

What is LoRaWAN?

Long Range Wide Area Networks (LoRaWAN are a wireless technology, much like your regular WiFi, but it is ideal for IoT and battery powered sensors because it has a huge range and low energy requirements.

Head over to The Things Network website, and check out the LEARN section and the forum.

What material will be available to use?

We will provide a selection of hardware that we believe are suitable for the challenges.

Check this fantastic software intro by Thomas Amberg.

Do we get to keep the provided material?

Yes \o/.

What should I bring to the event?

Bring your laptop and your ideas on how to improve your city!

Feel free to bring your own materials to help you create a solution for a challenge.

Where can I get in touch with other participants?

On Slack! If you haven’t joined already, sign up for it. A large part of communication during the event will happen there!

See also the results of our past events in the 2017 and 2018 reports and our official challenge platform: NOW.makezurich.ch

How do I get to the location?

We recommend to use public transport to get to the event. The location is a few steps away from train, tram and bus stations.

Is there a Code of Conduct?

Yes, there is: in the Guidelines.

How does COVID-19 affect the event?

We are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Switzerland and adjusting precautionary measures accordingly. This page will be updated regularly to react to new developments.

Any current safety measures are published on the home page, aligned with current guidelines of Federal Office of Public Health FOPH.

How can I contact the organizer if I have questions?

Get in touch with us via email [email protected]

I want to be a sponsor!

Awesome! Get in touch with us!