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  • Last call for IoT Spartans Challenge participantsMay 30, 2016


    The IoT Spartans Challenge is getting to the end. Time flies and your opportunities are ending. We have extended the deadline to June 17 so hurry up to make the exams and climb to the top of the rank. The final ranking will be disclosed on June 21. Take advantage to promote your talent to IoT companies that are looking for future developers.

    Besides, we have good news offering opportunities to improve your classification. From now on, you have an extra attempt in the exams! If you completed any test but you are not so proud of the result, you have a new chance to improve your qualification. The platform will use the highest score for the ranking. Even if you have not fulfill any test yet, now is the occasion with two new attempts.

    And that is not all. We give you an extra help to boost you ranking position. Encourage other participants with your experience at the Challenge and share your exams marks on Twitter. You only have to detail the name you registered in the IoT Spartans Challenge and the hastag #IoTSpartansChallenge and you will get 5 extra points.

    You have more time but do not leave the exams until last minute. Try to do them as soon as possible. After the deadline, it will be impossible to complete the IoT Spartans Challenge tests.

    Remember also our winner awards: Cash prizes for top 3 individuals (from 500 € to 3,000 €) and 5,000 € in Libelium equipment for the best university.

    The platform will be open during summer to improve your training. Get advantage of summer time and prepare yourself for the next edition. Maybe you are on the right track for being the next year winner.

    Request your teachers to organize electronic summer camp with IoT Spartans Challenge educational program. If your teacher adds the Waspmote Sensor Platform documentation to the subject of the course, he will be introducing students in one of the best IoT platforms.

    The end is close and the time presses. Do not miss this important chance to win these amazing prizes and to improve your skills. The ranking will be spread through our media, so we will give you visibility in the IoT world. This contest can be the door to your dreamed employment. What are you waiting to make the exams and to climb in the ranking?

    For any queries, please write to Remember to follow our Twitter profile @iotspartans to get updated information.

    We are waiting for the best warrior in IoT. Will you be the first in the IoT Spartans Challenge?

  • Locate your car in every moment with a Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS) for Arduino and Raspberry PiMay 16, 2016


    Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS)

    Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS)
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    Summer is coming and we are sure that you are planning your holidays. There are some different ways to travel but we want to focus on car trips. It is known that in summer there is an increase of car sales. Regardless of this is your first trip in your new car or not, surely you like having your car ready for 'mile-eating' with new wheels and the engine tune up but, have you thought about a car robbers?

    A car theft is one of the most common fears on holidays, even more if your car is new, so in Cooking Hacks we have the solution for traveling without worries: the Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS) for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo. This is one of our best seller kits because of its versatility and its ease to implement.

    This kit basically consists of a GPRS+GPS Quadband Module (SIM908) which enable to develop real time tracking applications. Using it you can read GPS coordinates (longitude and latitude) with the Internal GPS Antenna and then send them by means of an Internal 4G-3G-GPRS-GSM Antenna using a HTTP request to a web server. Finally you can visualize this data in a maps app, for example Google Maps, in order to have the specific position of your car.

    As you know, we like encouraging and easing you the development of applications with our products, for that, we offer you a 10% discount in the Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS) for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo. You have no excuse to design an amazing real time tracking application.

    For more information take a look at our Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS) for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo tutorials:

    Finally, enjoy with this videotutorial which was made by members of Cooking Hacks team explaining the car tracking functioning:

    Now you can plan your holidays without worrying about where is your car because you will able to locate in every moment with out Tracking Kit (GPRS+GPS) for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo.

  • LoRaWAN 900 / 915MHz America Module now available at Cooking Hacks!May 4, 2016

    LoRaWAN 900 / 915MHz America Module now available at Cooking Hacks!

    Are you interested in developing projects with LoRaWAN technology in U.S.? You are in luck because the announcement you were waiting has come. The LoRaWAN 900 / 915 MHz modules for Arduino, Raspberry Pi 3 and Waspmote has been released in our store, so now you can create your own Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) deployments.

    Remember that LoRaWAN is a private and spread-spectrum modulation technique which allows sending data at extremely low data-rates to extremely long ranges and enables long distance communication points to more than 22 km (13.6 miles) away. It works even through buildings, what makes it one of the best options for developing projects in an urban environment.

    Discover all the features and the possibilities of our LoRaWAN 900 / 915 MHz with our products:

    For more information about LoRaWAN 900 / 915MHz visit the LoRaWAN Technology for Arduino, Waspmote and Raspberry Pi tutorial.

  • All our shields, modules and kits now compatible with Raspberry Pi 3!April 20, 2016

    We are glad to announce that all of our products which were compatible with Raspberry Pi 2 are now compatible with Raspberry Pi 3. Since the official launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 our R&D department has been working hard to get a totally integration between the board and our shields, modules and kits.

    What does this integration mean? It means that new Raspberry Pi 3 upgraded features like a more powerful CPU or WiFi connection, can be the best fellow traveler of our Raspberry Pi kits. Imagine all the possibilities that can offer a Cooking Hacks kit with a communication protocol like LoRa, LoRaWAN or Sigfox and the new Raspberry Pi 3. To make it work you need one of our shields, and of course they are also fully compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3.

    For that, we have a wide variety of kits compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3 which will fulfill your expectations and will meet your needs:

    As you know, we like to give you as much information as we can in order you will be able to develop your projects perfectly, so we have adapted all of our Raspberry Pi tutorials to the new Raspberry Pi 3. For example:

    What are you waiting for getting involved in the IoT world with our Raspberry Pi kits fully compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3?

  • Welcome the spring with Cooking HacksApril 11, 2016

    Cooking Hacks Spring Promotion

    April has started and spring is in the air, inundating everything with its energy. We can see more people in the streets and in flowery parks and gardens having a nice time doing some spring activities like sports, going for a walk, gardening, playing with their children or pets, etc.

    In Cooking Hacks we think that spring is one of the best seasons for developing technological hacks, so we want to encourage makers to design a spring hack. For that, we want to give you some ideas.

    Cooking Hacks Spring Promotion

    Open Garden Hydroponics
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    If you have a garden you have the best excuse to develop a spring hack. Take advantage of this period of year when plants bloom and get the most beautiful garden in your neighborhood. In Cooking Hacks we have the best solution. Do you know our Open Garden kits? Open Garden is an open source solution with three different kits: the Open Garden Hydroponics, the Open Garden Indoor (1 Node + 1 Gateway) and the Open Garden Outdoor (1 Node + 1 Gateway), the most appropriate for gardens. This sensor platform enable to control your plants automatically and remotely. It is based on Arduino and allows the connection with some sensors to control specific plants growth parameters.

    If you have a garden, you may have a pond with fishes in it. In Cooking Hacks store you can find a solution to control their maintenance, the Open Aquarium kits. There are two complementary kits, Open Aquarium Basic and Open Aquarium Aquaponics. These kits are designed to monitor automatically the fish tanks and ponds conditions by means of a wireless connectivity. They are also based in Arduino and include sensors to monitor the aquatic life vital parameters.

    To help you to develop a spring hack, either the Open Garden kits like the Open Aquarium kits has a 10% discount until May 3. Find them in the Spring promotion category.

    Spring is the best time of year for doing outdoor sports. The weather is warm and it's neither very hot nor very cold. Have you think about monitor your physical activity? In Cooking Hacks you can find the most complete solution for it: the e-Health Sensor Platform. This kit allows to monitor biometric information like pulse and oxygen in blood, airflow, blood pressure, etc. Besides, it is fully compatible with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Intel Galileo boards. Even if you want to monitor your path you can use out Tracking Kit, which allows to control your GPS position and send it by using a HTTP request to a web server.

    As you can see, spring is a season for makers and with our help you do not have excuse to develop amazing solutions with our products. Remember you can get an extra discount if you post your hacks in the Cooking Hacks Facebook page. So, what are you waiting for designing a great hack and sharing it with us?

  • International IoT Day is here!March 28, 2016


    April is coming, and with it one of our favorite days: The IoT Day. It is a worldwide event which will take place on April 9. The IoT Day is the meeting point for markers, developers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders or basically any person interested in technology, around the Internet of Things.

    The April 9, there are several events around the world scheduled to celebrate this important date discussing about IoT and what is capable of. In this sense, Cooking Hacks banks strongly on the Internet of Things and wants to promote it around the world.

    We want to encourage to all makers to develop IoT solutions, and what better way than by using our products. Discover our IoT Starter Kits fully compatible with a wide range of devices and with the most well known communication protocols (LoRaWAN, Sigfox, 3G/GPRS, WiFi, etc.).

    From Cooking Hacks we have prepared three promotion weeks to celebrate the IoT Day with you. We start today and we will disclose the new promotion weeks on following Mondays. They will be related to our IoT products.

    WEEK 3: 04/04 – 10/04

    The key day of these promotion weeks has come. The IoT Day is on April 9. To celebrate this date we want to boost the worldwide interest in IoT offering a 10% discount during this week in our new IoT Starter Kits category until April 10.
    These IoT Starter Kits are the perfect combination between a sensor platform and a communication protocol. In this case, the kits are equipped with the successful open source Waspmote Sensor Platform, designed by Libelium. Besides, they are available with the most well-known communication protocols as Sigfox, LoRaWAN, LoRa, WiFi, 3G, ZigBee and GPRS+GPS. Their distinctive characteristic is that they are fully compatible with our Waspmote Sensor Kits, the ideal choice for monitoring solutions.

  • Cooking Hacks launches the IoT Starter Kits fully integrated with our Waspmote Sensor KitsMarch 8, 2016


    Cooking Hacks has launched the IoT Starter Kits, a fully configurable range of kits. This is a great way to begin in the IoT world using one of the most professional solutions.

    These kits are based on the successful open source Waspmote Sensor Platform, designed by Libelium, and on one of the most well-known communication protocols. In this sense, you can find solutions available with SigFox, LoRaWAN, LoRa, WiFi, 3G, Zigbee and GPRS+GPS. The distinctive feature of these IoT Starter Kits is that they are fully configurable with our Waspmote Sensor Kits, which are ideal to monitor different parameters related to Smart Cities, gases, agriculture, etc. Besides, they include rechargeable batteries in order to have an autonomous functioning.

    In this category, you will find the following IoT Starter Kits Kits:

    Do not miss the chance to get involved in the IoT World with our IoT Starter Kits and develop monitoring solutions that will add value to your projects making them more complete and professional.

  • Libelium Selected to Provide Open Source and Technology Dissemination Expertise for EU H2020 IoT Research ProjectMarch 8, 2016


    Libelium has been selected to participate in the Adoptive Gateways for Diverse Multiple Environments (AGILE) project, a project funded by the European Commission – H2020 ICT30 Program. Libelium will collaborate in AGILE project as Hardware Manufacturer for the maker’s version of the gateway. Libelium will develop a modular, inexpensive, multi-technology gateway for IoT devices. In addition, Libelium will assist in the dissemination and exploitation of the project through the existing client community and will also lead the crowdfunding campaign for AGILE.

    AGILE is a project funded by the European Commission – H2020 ICT30 Program. The total funding for the project is 6.857.550€ over three years and includes a consortium of 17 organizations, including CREATE-NET (Italy), iMinds VZW(Belgium), Eclipse Foundation Europe GmbH (Germany), ATOS Spain SA (Spain), Canonical Group Limited (United Kingdom), Rulemotion Ltd (United Kingdom), Jolocom UG (Germany), Universität Passau (Germany), Sky-Watch (Denmark), BioAssist SA (Greece), MOBISTAR SA (Belgium), Startupbootcamp (Spain), Technische Universität Graz (Austria), INRIA (France), EUROTECH SPA (Italy), Libelium (Spain), and IoTango S.A. (United States).

    The EU ICT30-2015 programme is the European programme for “Internet of Things and Platforms for Connected Smart Objects”. ICT 30-2015 cuts across several technological areas (smart systems integration, cyber-physical systems, smart networks, big data) and brings together different generic ICT technologies and their stakeholder constituencies to develop technological platforms that will have a strong influence on the way in which we live and work.

    AGILE aims to develop the software and hardware required to build modular gateway solutions for managing the devices and data in IoT solutions. It will support the local management of devices, data, app development, and runtime, and include security features that allow users to share data in a trusted way. The AGILE technology will be based on existing open source projects and create new open source technology to complete the solution. The AGILE project will also feature the integration of an IoT apps Marketplace to help facilitate a diverse ecosystem of extensions and plugins. Finally, AGILE will be used in five diverse Pilots in various domains (QuantifiedSelf, Smart Retails, Open Air monitoring using Drones, etc.) and be supported by an IoT Testbed, featuring more than 2500 sensors, to facilitate testing of IoT solutions.

    The AGILE project will leverage the skills, expertise, and technology of Libelium to create a sustainable and diverse community supporting the AGILE technology. The goal of AGILE is to create an ecosystem of large commercial technology companies, small start-ups, research institutions and individuals that 1) creates innovative solutions and extensions using the AGILE technology and 2) reinvest in the ongoing development of the AGILE technology. Libelium designs and manufactures hardware for wireless sensor networks and a complete software development kit (SDK) so that system integrators, engineering, and consultancy companies can deliver reliable Internet of Things (IoT), M2M, and Smart Cities solutions with minimum time to market. Waspmote—Libelium’s wireless sensor platform—is modular and ready to integrate with key Cloud systems (Azure by Microsoft, B-Scada, DeviceLynk, Devicify, Element Blue, Esri, IBM Bluemix, IoTSens, Sentilo, Sofía2 by Indra, Solvver, Telefonica, Thing +, ThingWorx), and low-energy IoT connectivity protocols (LoRa, MQTT, Sigfox). Over 2,000 developers from 90 countries in companies ranging from startups to universities to large international corporations have adopted Libelium’s technology for projects in five continents. Commercial deployments based on Waspmote include applications as varied as parking, traffic congestion, environmental monitoring, water quality and precision agriculture.

    Gartner named Libelium a Cool Vendor in embedded software and systems in 2014. Established in 2006, Libelium is privately held and has headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain.

    More information about the AGILE project is available at

    More information about the Libelium is available at

    We would be glad if you fill out this IoT Developer Survey. The results of the survey will be used by the AGILE project to better understand the IoT developer community. Click on this link to fill out the AGILE IoT Developer Survey.

  • IoT Spartans Challenge: the Battle Starts to Find Best Future DevelopersMarch 1, 2016

    IoT Spartans Challenge: the Battle Starts to Find Best Future Developers

    Around 1,200 students registered to compete at The IoT Spartans Challenge, the academic program to identify and give public recognition to the best future IoT developers and Universities

    With the aim to cover the educational gap to find future Internet-of-Things developers, Libelium opens the online IoT learning platform, an international contest with 1,200 participants that will battle online to be recognized as the best in the world.

    “The IoT Spartans Challenge” is an academic program by Libelium to identify and give public recognition to the best future IoT developers. It is an open competition for students and educational institutions. Participants will gain specific IoT knowledge that will enable them to extend current education, freshen job skills and prepare for a new career in today's IoT world. The first in the ranking will obtain money prizes up to 3.000 euros and the top 300 developers will be promoted in professional circles.

    In 2020 there will be 50 billion connected devices generating 4,5 millions of IoT developer jobs. Nowadays, around 26% of European employers have difficulty filling jobs due to the lack of talent. That demonstrates that the IoT will be a huge opportunity specially for today’s teenagers. “Educational institutions and Universities are key in IoT future since they are producing tomorrow’s engineers and developers”, says Alicia Asín, Libelium's CEO. “The only way to prepare professionals and students for jobs that still do not exist is through a better technical education provided by our IoT academic platform for individuals, high schools and universities, so the best prepared will be the more demanded for future employment”, remarks Alicia Asín.

    Ten Universties have joined the challenge offering their students the hardware needed to follow the webinars and online quizzes: Universidad Politécnica of Cartagena (Spain), College of Nyíregyháza (Hungary), Universidad of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain), Bhoomraddi College of Engineering & Technology (India), Edinburgh Napier University (UK), Universidad Tecnológica of Panamá, Universidad of Córdoba (Spain), Escuela Politécnica Nacional of Ecuador, Instituto Politécnico of Aveiro (Portugal) and CyRIC, Cyprus Research & Innovation Center will compete for the first position awarded with 5,000 euros prize.

    The online ranking with the best “IoT Spartans” and the best University will be published by 16th June and Libelium will promote the list through professionals IoT networks.

    Follow results at

  • Celebrate Maker TechDad's Day sharing time & wit with kidsMarch 1, 2016

    Celebrate Maker TechDad's Day sharing time & wit with kids

    Dad´s day Cooking Hacks kits

    Dad´s day Cooking Hacks kits
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    Next week is a special date for fathers and their children. We are speaking about Father´s day, which is celebrated on March 19. It is a good moment to spend time with your children making together some hacks or to develop an amazing gift for you father. We have implemented a special Dad´s Day free shipping promotion until March 20. All orders above 200€ which contain at least one Cooking Hacks kit will be delivered without shipping costs.

    Which kind of Dad are you? Tech, DIY, Sports, Chef? Never mind, surely you can dedicate time to your kids sharing your wit with them and teaching how to develop your own smart project. For example, discover our Robot Kit and learn with children to set it up.

    Surely you love your father, so what better way to demonstrate your love than making a DIY gift. In Cooking Hacks you will find the best kits to prepare your Dad´s day hack. For example, you can develop a remotely control for his heating, ventilation and air conditioning system with our HVAC IR Remote module for Arduino and Raspberry Pi.

    We want to inspire you, so take a look at the following Cooking Hacks ideas:

    You can be the best maker father celebrating the Dad´s day introducing your children in the geek world, or you can be the best son developing an awesome and technological gift for your father, improving your electronic skills at the same time.

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