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FAQ

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?

It is technology that enables citizen engagement. It means citizens building infrastructure for their city, instead of governments building it. That’s what The Things Network communities are doing with LoRaWAN in multiple 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.

What is LoRaWAN?

It’s a wireless technology, much like your regular WiFi, but it’s ideal for IoT and battery powered sensors because it has a huge range.

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 these fantastic hardware and software intros 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!

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.

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.

Currently, the event is scheduled to be carried out primarily as an in-person event. In special cases, workshops might be switched to online or hybrid mode if deemed necessary. Following BAG guidelines, we will put in place a series of precautionary measures -subject to change- such as providing hand disinfectant, avoiding hand shakes, requiring people showing symptoms to stay at home, and ensuring contact tracing for everyone present in the shared space. Since social distancing might not be enforceable, we will require mask usage for participants during plenary sessions. Masks will be provided if participants do not have their own. Outside plenary sessions, teams will work in partitioned spaces and the decision of wearing masks or not will be left to the team to decide.

Once again, these rules might be adjusted to respond the situation changes as we approach the event’s date.

How can I contact the organizer if I have questions?

Get in touch with us via email [email protected] or via twitter @makezurich.

I want to be a sponsor!

Awesome! Get in touch with us!