Connected MCU Lab Workshop in Turkey


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Microcontrollers are a vital business in Turkey! They are the heart of many products that are designed here. Sadly the courses taken by Electronics “EE” students are not well aligned with industry practice. The world has rapidly moved to 32 bit MCUs, yet most students are still using MSP430, 8051, 6805, and other 8 bit MCUs. We believe that you should start your students with the type of MCUs that they will use in industry, and that means 32 bit! This course makes it easy to do that.


The Connected Microcontroller (MCU) Lab is a semester-long course that provides everything you need to teach the basics of modern MCUs and to create an IoT system for your undergraduates. It’s the starting point, taking students through the basic microcontroller and I/O features, through real-time operating system concepts and advanced processor architecture, and finally into the principles of cloud connectivity. Using the open-source Creator IoT Framework, students can look at data in the cloud and remotely access the MCU node. Students taking this course will be empowered to develop their own projects and deepen their understanding.

The platform is the Digilent chipKIT™ Wi-FIRE board  that uses the Microchip the PIC32 MCU. It’s powerful, with excellent expansion and connectivity. This is the right kind of hardware for repeated lab-use, and for student projects.

The first 30 teachers who register and then complete the full one-day workshop will be given a complete set of hardware to take away.

The software tools are Microchip’s MPLAB X IDE: free to download, well documented, and fully supported. The teaching materials are provided in editable formats to facilitate adaptation, available now in English and soon in Chinese, Russian and Spanish. More details here

This is a “Train the Trainer” event. If you teach MCUs this workshop will help you greatly! It’s also open to post-grads who are building projects, but places are limited.
Give us a day of your time and we will equip you well: the materials you need and how to use them!

Workshop Details


  • Turkey: Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey on 7th or 8th June 2017


  • Welcome & Introduction to the Imagination University Programme (IUP)
  • Introduction to the Connected MCU Lab
    • Course goals, constraints, approach, customization
    • Overview of course and platform
  • Hands-On Activities
    • Tool installation completion (as needed)
    • Blinking an LED
    • LED scanner and switch reader
    • Basic concurrency, state machines and interrupts
    • LED scanner with timer delays
    • LED dimmer with timer/OC/ADC.
    • Using RTOS features (uses Basic I/O shield)
    • Creator IoT framework
  • Conclusion
    • Access to Teaching Materials
    • Questions and answers


  • Professor Daniel Chaver-Martinez University de Complutense, Madrid
  • Sean Raby                         Solutions Engineering at Imagination Technologies
  • Robert Owen, Manager Imagination University Programme


  • Free of charge for members of academia
  • Open to academic faculty members, with a priority for those involved directly in teaching.
  • Places are limited and demand will be strong, so please apply for your place quickly. Please do not apply if you are not sure you can attend.
  • If over-booked, we reserve the right to accept or refuse registrations based on our desire to enable the widest number of universities and colleges to participate.
  • Prior experience of C programming or Microchip’s MPLAB X is useful but not essential
  • Participants should download and install MPLAB X on their laptops ahead of the workshop
  • Post-graduate students are welcome, but priority will be given to Lecturers and Lab Managers. (NB: Students are not eligible for the free hardware tools.)


Please apply online here

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