Swisscom Hackathon

Semtech Corporation announced its planned participation in leading telecom provider Swisscom’s first Internet of Things (IoT) hackathon in Zürich on November 6-8 at Impact Hub Zürich. Semtech will assist competitors in the 40-hour hackathon competition by providing instruction on the use of its LoRa® RF long range wireless technology platform, which includes the tools participants need to build low-power, wide-area networks (LPWAN) to enable compelling IoT, machine-to-machine (M2M) and Smart City applications. Swisscom currently has LoRa-based IoT networks deployed in Geneva and Zürich to pilot test various IoT applications prior to nationwide deployment.

Programmers, solutions makers, applications designers and entrepreneurs are expected to participate in the free hackathon, a two-day competition for people to conceptualize, create and present complete IoT projects. Participants will receive introductions to key IoT technologies, including LoRa, before kicking off the hackathon portion of the event. Teams will be eligible to win one of two awards from a jury of IoT experts and from the audience. The hackathon is hosted by Swisscom in partnership with Impact Hub Zürich, a recently opened co-working space.

“Semtech is excited to participate in this fun and educational event that will introduce some of Europe’s brightest developers and entrepreneurs to the IoT revolution and our standout LoRa RF technology,” said Hardy Schmidbauer, Director of Wireless Products at Semtech. “This is a great opportunity for IoT solutions providers, telecom operators and other IoT industry leaders to come together and educate the community about LPWAN.”

Semtech and the Swisscom M2M / IoT Centre of Competence hosted 40 hackathon participants at its LoRa Boot Camp in Zürich on October 28 in order to train the participants with a working LoRa starter kit and better equip them for both the November hackathon and the growing IoT landscape in general.

November 6 Agenda:

18:30 – Door Opening/Registration
19:30 – Welcome & Keynote by Christian Stammel
20:00 – Introduction to technologies, clinics & experts
21:00 – Dinner
21:45 – General Information
22:00 – Idea Pitch/Teambuilding
22:30 – Official Hack Start

LoRa RF Long Range Wireless Platform Overview

Semtech’s LoRa platform includes the SX1301 baseband processor embedded in base stations and the SX1272/3/6/7/8 transceiver chipsets embedded in sensors to provide long-range connectivity, operating on low power for long battery life. LoRaWAN is a standardized protocol that offers bi-directionality, security, mobility, accurate localization, and most importantly, interoperability between LPWAN networks and IoT, M2M and smart city applications.

Key Features of LoRa RF Technology:

  • Long Range: A single LoRa base station enables deep penetration capability for dense urban environments and indoor coverage, while also providing the ability to connect to sensors more than 15-30 miles away in rural areas.
  • Low Cost: LoRa reduces both upfront infrastructure investments and operating costs, as well as end-node sensor costs.
  • Standardized: LoRaWAN ensures interoperability among applications, IoT solution providers and telecom operators to speed adoption and deployment.
  • Low Power: The LoRaWAN protocol was developed specifically for low power and enables unprecedented multi-year battery lifetime.

About Swisscom M2M / IoT Centre of Competence

The Swisscom M2M Centre of Competence connects things, products and machines wirelessly with each other and makes them ‘intelligent’. The advantages of this are more efficient processes, enhanced costs and greater potential for new business and service models. Customers benefit from Swisscom’s long-standing experience and a professional M2M ecosystem. The core is formed by the flexible Connectivity Management Platform (CMP) supplemented by the cloud-based Application Enablement Platform (AEP) for the central management of devices and data in the cloud. Swisscom develops solutions for its customers from A to Z in order to network entire car fleets, rail locomotives and bicycles as well as oil tanks and coffee machines. This facilitates applications such as remote maintenance, predictive maintenance, mobile payment and track & trace.


About Semtech

Semtech Corporation is a leading supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductors for high-end consumer, enterprise computing, communications and industrial equipment. Products are designed to benefit the engineering community as well as the global community. The company is dedicated to reducing the impact it, and its products, have on the environment. Internal green programs seek to reduce waste through material and manufacturing control, use of green technology and designing for resource reduction. Publicly traded since 1967, Semtech is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol SMTC. For more information, visit