Similar to every year since 2006, EclipseCon Europe 2017 took place at the end of October in Ludwigsburg, Germany, and it was packed with great talks and content all around the Eclipse universe.
For the first time, there was also a Smart Home Day colocated on the Sunday before EclipseCon started. The Smart Home Day was hosted by the openHAB Foundation with QIVICON by Deutsche Telekom as a sponsor.
The day was all about Eclipse SmartHome, its solutions and especially its community. There were twelve great presentations over the day and a huge number of core community members attended the day. Additionally, live demos and posters about openHAB-related research projects at universities were shown.
The agenda proved to be very attractive: More than a week before the date the event was already fully booked. With more than 90 attendees it was beyond any expectation and the venue had reached its maximum capacity.
The day started with presentations around Open Source in general, a technical look into the QIVICON platform and the latest updates from the Eclipse SmartHome framework developments. All presentations were recorded (thanks to Markus Storm) and can be viewed by clicking the image (while the talk titles link to the slides):
|Welcome and Introduction|
Kai Kreuzer, President openHAB Foundation
|Why Open Source Foundations Matter|
Ian Skerrett, VP Marketing Eclipse Foundation
|How Deutsche Telekom Delivers a Mass Market Product based on Eclipse SmartHome|
Jochen Hiller, Product Owner QIVICON Runtime
|About the Importance of UX in Open Source Projects|
Thomas Dietrich, openHAB Documentation Lead and openHABian Maintainer
|Eclipse SmartHome turned Inside Out - Updates from the Core Framework|
Simon Kaufmann, Eclipse SmartHome Committer
The Early Afternoon
Right after lunch the day continued with some deeper technical insights - the VS Code Extension was shown as a replacement for the Eclipse SmartHome Designer, people learned about the Z-Wave protocol and how it is integrated in openHAB and the internals of the openHAB Cloud were discussed.
|Using VS Code as a Powerful Editor for Textual Configurations|
Kuba Wolanin, VS Code Extension Maintainer
|A Deep Dive into the Z-Wave Binding |
Chris Jackson, Z-Wave & ZigBee Binding and HABmin Maintainer
|openHAB Cloud: From IFTTT, Alexa & Google Home Integration to a Scalable Multi-Cloud Microservices Architecture|
Mehmet Arziman, openHAB Cloud Maintainer
The Late Afternoon
After a coffee break, which was extensively used for networking and discussions, a sequence of short inspirational talks concluded the day.
Besides a brief intro to the oneM2M standard and its prototyped integration with Eclipse SmartHome and a praise of the virtues of code reviews, community members presented what they have realized with Eclipse SmartHome resp. openHAB:
It was extremely impressive with what little latency a local voice recognition can score and how well it works if there is a restricted vocabulary. The setup of a whole office proved convincingly that openHAB can easily scale to be the brain of whole buildings and not just private homes - and that it is running smoothly since 18 months without a single reboot. And Markus Storm gave a glimpse into some of his personal, more advanced use cases that help him to deal with automatic mowers, robot cleaners, kids and mothers-in-law alike.
|Connecting Domains: Interworking of Eclipse SmartHome with oneM2M|
Andreas Kraft, Telekom Innovation Laboratories
|About the Why and How of Code Reviews|
Martin van Wingerden, openHAB Add-ons Maintainer
|Experiences with Offline Voice Interaction in openHAB|
Yannick Schaus, HABPanel Maintainer
|An Enterprise Grade Project with openHAB|
George Erhan, openHAB Community Member
|Presence Detection and Other Cool Applications|
Markus Storm, openHAB Community Member
Videos shown during the talk: Landroid, Hombot, TV
A big thanks to everyone who has attended the event and also thanks for all the positive feedback about it! It is tentatively planned to repeat a similar event next year at EclipseCon Europe - so please make sure to save October 21, 2018 in your calendar!
You can find pictures of the Smart Home Day on Google Photos: