Enterprize Tasmania, TasNetworks and state government join forces for LoRa Schools Challenge

Synerg: TasNetworks' Andrew Fraser, with Innovation Minister Michael Ferguson and Enterprize Tasmania chief executive Gary McDarby.

Synerg: TasNetworks' Andrew Fraser, with Innovation Minister Michael Ferguson and Enterprize Tasmania chief executive Gary McDarby.

Imagine this: it’s a Monday morning, school starts in half an hour, and your child can’t find their shoes.

But if those shoes were embedded with a sensor, you could walk through the house and ask ‘where are my shoes?’, to which the sensor would respond.

All those hours of hunting down a spare sandal, solved: just one example mentioned at the LoRa Schools Challenge launch at Enterprize Launceston on Friday.

Enterprize, TasNetworks and the state government have joined forces to host the state-wide school competition for children to showcase ideas for how to use technology in daily life.

LoRa, short for Long Range low power wireless platform, is the technology that allows communication to smart objects, as part of the Internet of Things.

Launceston is already piloting the LoRA WAN wireless network, connecting the city in a unique way to share information and speak to objects, buildings and more.

Over the next two months, students, groups or schools can enter one-minute videos on their idea for an IoT solution that could form a successful business or solve a pressing problem.

TasNetworks has joined the partnership to contribute mentoring and support through Enterprize.

Enterprize Tasmania chief executive Gary McDarby described the competition as “a fantastic synergy” between business, education and government to further the bright ideas of students, while coming up with real solutions to future and present problems.

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