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July 12th, 2016

How ‘The Things Network’ Built IoT Data Network in Amsterdam

The Things Network crowdsourced a complete city-wide Internet of Things data network with the people of Amsterdam in six weeks. Here’s how they did it. You can apply some of their methods to your own project.

The Video Screening Room

Open source teaches us that when you have no obstacles in your way, things can move from idea to implementation fast. In this video talk by Johan Stokking, learn about the rapid rise of The Things Network in Amsterdam.

The part of the video I loved best is when Stokking explains how he contacted a number of companies to sponsor some of the gateways for this network — and they all said yes to his request. Moral of the tale? Don’t be afraid to ask.

For the past 10 years, Phil has been working at a public library in the Washington D.C.-area, helping youth and adults use the 28 public Linux stations the library offers seven days a week. He also writes for MAKE magazine, and TechSoup Libraries. Suggest videos by contacting Phil on Twitter or at

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