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The Hackster Microsoft IoT Roadshow 2017 – Houston

June 24 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


We’re excited to be coming to you for Hackster and Microsoft’s biggest event yet!

The Hackster Microsoft Roadshow is an exploratory, first look workshop into how IoT leverages cloud technologies.

This four hour workshop is designed primarily for people working in the tech industry in companies with IoT projects and/or may find themselves needing to expand their knowledge beyond the local device and understand downstream architectures in the cloud. This workshop addresses how data from a device may be received and subsequently processed. This class is not about the device, it is about device data and cloud back ends.

This is a lecture-lab style course in which topics are presented by the instructor. Labs are completed by students during the workshop, or students may finish labs after the conclusion of the workshop. This workshop presumes no knowledge of Azure cloud products. It does presume some knowledge with making an IoT device using an Arduino or Raspberry PI and/or other such related “maker” experiences and skills.

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Kent Stroker is a Senior Consultant at Microsoft IoT OEM.


In this workshop, we hope to introduce students to Azure Cloud, the Azure IoT portfolio, and streaming analytics and dashboards. We’ll provide hands-on experience building a basic “cold” and “hot” path IoT, cloud-based, back-end processing architecture.

Here’s a preview the event that happened in Charlotte, North Carolina on Monday on YouTube: 1st half2nd half 


Every participant attending this event in Houston will receive an IoT completion certificate.


Since we want to make the most of our time at the workshop, please follow the instructions to prepare for the workshop before arriving. You can follow along with the setup videos on Hackster here.

Bring a laptop running Windows 10 that has wireless network capability. Don’t forget your power supply!

Do the following on your laptop:

  1. Enable Developer Mode
  2. Enable Windows feature “Windows Subsystem for Linux
    1. Make sure you can invoke a bash shell from a Command Prompt window
  3. Install Node.js  v6.10.3 LTS from
  4. Install Visual Studio 2017 Community Edition (it’s free!)


Create a Microsoft Azure subscription. Azure accounts are free for the first 30 days and come with $250 credit.

Students will receive an email prior to first day lab with a URL to the lab handout; it is strongly advised for students to print a copy for easy reference during the workshop.


  • It’s a good idea to plan on being able to provide your own hotspot connectivity.
  • Packing an extension cord is often a good idea.
  • A mouse is often nice too.


Lab 1: Azure Cloud IoT Hub Lab
Lab 2: Store Messages to Table Lab
Lab 3: Data Visualization Web App Lab


This is a very cram packed 4 hours, come prepared to learn at a fast pace. Also, understand that this course will not make you an expert in Azure IoT, rather this is a first look at the depth and breadth of the Microsoft IoT technology stack and introduces to some of the major pieces of a typical IoT cloud architecture. You should come away from this workshop with a sense of “knowing what you do not know” and eager to learn more. There are many avenues for learning more and we will wrap the workshop with next steps and learning resources you may wish to explore. Look forward to seeing you at one of these workshops this summer!


This event is jointly operated by Microsoft and Hackster. Any data collected may be used by both Microsoft and Hackster. Please read their full privacy statements. Microsoft’s is here and Hackster’s is here.



Food and Drink?

Yes, we appreciate you spending your afternoon with us and we will be providing food and drinks for you during the session.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

You must be at least 18 or with a guardian to attend this event.


What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We are at the corner of Polk and Fannin St. in Downtown Houston, located across from GreenStreet. We are 6 blocks away from Discovery Green, 3 blocks away from the Toyota Center and 2 blocks away from the nearest Metro LiteRail Station.

Station has secured all-day parking for $5/day. For this rate, please request a validation ticket from Station Reception.
The GreenStreet garage entrance is directly across the street from Station’s location in the Netrality building – Enter on Fannin between Polk and Clay.

STREET PARKING: There is metered parking around the building on Polk and Clay:

  • Download the ParkMobile app for easy street parking.
  • Parking on the street is free on evenings after 6pm and all day Sunday – please defer to specific signage on the street.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email or post your questions on the meetup page here.

What’s the refund policy?

Tickets are free, but please let us know 48 hours before the event start if you can’t make it, since we have to arrange catering and we’d like to be able to open your ticket to someone else.


June 24
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm



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