Step 1: Accessing the Datathon Workspace and Signing In

Welcome to the Global IoT Datathon.  To get started, you’ll need to access the Datathon Workspace.  To do so, click on the “Search” tab at the top. Next, you will sign in to the Datathon Workspace. You will log in using your email along with the password that was set up for you.  You may change your password at any time by clicking on your name in the upper right-hand corner and then clicking on “Change Password”.

Step 2: How To Find The Data

Now that you’ve signed in to the Datathon Workspace, the next step is to find the data.  To begin your search, you may click on the “Search” tab at the top. Next, you can type what you’d like to search for into the bar at the top.  For example, let’s type in “temperature” and see what comes up. To narrow down your search, you can make different selections on the left-hand side.  Once you see something that interests you, you may click on a specific tile and this will reveal more information about the data. If you’d like to see all of the details on one page, you may click on the icon in the upper righthand corner.


You may also view the thousands of metadata instances in a list view.  To do so, click on the icon in the upper righthand corner to see the results in a list format.  You may also click on the “Columns” field to make selections that would either show more or show less information. To learn more about what each field represents, you can read through the IoT Metadata Specifications by clicking on the “Getting Started” tab at the top and then “Specifications”.

Step 3: Adding The Data To Your Workspace

Once you’ve found data that you’d like to work with, the next step is to add that metadata instance to your workspace.  For each metadata instance that you’d like to add, simply click “Add to Project” at the bottom of the tile and it will be added to your workspace.  Now we’ll go to list view. In list view, you may select multiple metadata instances by clicking on each box on the left and clicking “Add to Project” at the top of the list.  To see a list of the instances that you’ve added to your workspace, you can click where your name is in the upper righthand corner, select “Dashboard”, then “Project”. If you performed your search in the “Search Feeds” tab, you can simply click on “Project”.

Step 4: Downloading The Data

Now that you’ve added the data that you’d like to work with, the next step is to download the data.  First, you will need to select which instance or instances you’d like to download by clicking on the box on the left for each instance. Next, click on the “Lock” icon – this will move your selected instances over to the “Datasets” tab.  To download the data, you will need to click on the title of each instance you’d like to download. Upon doing so, a pop-up will appear. Click the middle icon under “Options” to begin the download. You will need to do this for each instance.

Step 5: What To Do With The Data

Now that you’ve downloaded the data, let’s access some helpful tools through the “Tools and Widgets” page.  Click on the “Getting Started” tab and select “Tools & Widgets” from the dropdown. On this page, you’ll find a number of different tools that will help you find creative uses for the data.

Step 6: Submission

Once you’re finished with your project, it’s time to submit. To do so, click on “Submit Project” at the top. Here, you can read through the submission guidelines and submit your project. You’ll need to enter your name, username, age, country, and major in the fields provided. You will need to enter a name for your project, the link to your project’s Youtube or Vimeo video, a description of your project, and a paragraph about yourself.


Then you will need to provide the data that you have used in your project. To do this, you will need to go back to your data dashboard and find the data you used. You will then copy and paste the title into the section called “Data Feed Name”.


Now you will go back to your data dashboard, and press on “Search Feeds”. You will look up the data and click on the “technical” tab and copy the “GUID”. Now you will go back to your project page and paste the GUID next to the name of the data used. The GUID is a unique set of characters that represent that specific metadata instance, so each one will be different.


You can add more data feeds used by pressing “+Add Data Feed”. We suggest that you put this information together beforehand to help make this process simpler for you.


There is an optional survey here that will help us improve our system for future datathons, so if you’d like, you are welcome to fill this out as well.  After that, simply click “Submit” and you will have successfully submitted your project.