IoT Midlands Meetup #2: Show and Tell

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a buzzword. Definitions as to what IoT actually is vary considerably, but its foundation could be considered to be connecting everyday physical ‘Things’ to the Internet. The data from Things can then be shared. Existing Things will need to be hooked up to the Internet. New Things will be required. New data clouds will proliferate. New services and business models can be formed.

Nobody quite knows where it will go but elements of this are already happening. You can monitor your home, your health and your pets today. Industry is tracking goods, vehicles and communities. More examples are here: http://postscapes.com/internet-of-things-examples/.

How do West Midlands Small and Medium sized businesses (SMEs) capitalise on this projected market explosion? Opportunities abound for existing companies to adapt their existing products to be ‘connected’, invent new products, or prepare to deliver services in a different way. Collaborations will be needed – no one company can do everything.

IIPSI will try to assist in this growth by hosting the first West Midlands SME meetup on the subject. The aim is to build a community of likeminded organisations willing to collaborate and explore, and innovate with IoT products or application.

This event will be an informal ‘Show and Tell’ event, featuring short talks from those innovating within the ‘Internet of Things’. Come and meet, explore and be inspired.

 

Speakers:

  • John Nunn, MD of Tortrix. "Results of our TSB funded IoT project"
  • Steffan Aquarone, CEO of Droplet. "Taking nano-payments for the transfer of IoT data."
  • Carolyn Parkinson, Technology Transfer Specialist at WMG. "The importance of the User in the Internet of Things."
  • Ben Ward, founder of LoveHz. "Using Whitespace Frequencies"

 

Speakers will start at 7pm sharp, and present for 10 mins with 5 mins Q&A session each. The closing summary will include information on any IoT funding opportunities that may be available, plus any collaboration requests from attendees.

We would also like to have 2 or 3 'tabletop' demonstrations of projects that people in the group are working on - if you are interested in demonstrating your project, please get in touch with Scott Crowther through this group.

 

The International Institute for Product and Service Innovation (IIPSI) is marked as Building Number 27 on the University of Warwick campus map found here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/about/visiting/maps/campusmap/.

Car Parks 15 and 8 are closest (£1.50 for <4 hours, £3 for 4+ hours, CASH ONLY). Or there is a well serviced bus stop close by and bike racks attached to the building.

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  • scott c.

    Thanks to all who attended - some great presenters and discussion again! We'll be planning the next meetup in a few weeks time - probably to run in October. If you have any requests for speakers or topics, please let me know.

    Scott

    July 17, 2013

    • scott c.

      HI John. I did give an update on 1 project's successful application to the TSB. Plus we had 2 slides up from attendees who were looking for collaborators, and 4 more slides about funding opporunities for IoT related projects. The 3 company speakers also gave us a brief introduction to their businesses.

      July 18, 2013

    • scott c.

      was your idea to expand on this further?

      July 18, 2013

  • Lawrence A.

    Great networking made the hour each way on the M1/M6/M45 with no air-con worthwhile

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Another good IOT meeting. Especially interesting to hear more about Whitespace and the associated challenges.
    I look forward to the next Meetup.
    Thanks to all the organisers for the hospitality :-)

    July 17, 2013

  • Wyken S.

    A stimulating and rewarding evening in which a wide range of ideas were brought together, shining many lights on this multi-faceted subject. And free pizza and drinks thrown in!

    July 17, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Another good meeting with interesting presenters.
    Disappointed that numbers were down a little this time, but that was probably due to holidays.
    Looking forward to the next one.

    July 17, 2013

  • James K.

    Sorry not going to be able to make this evening.

    July 16, 2013

  • Rob C.

    A last minute family commitment means I shall not be attending this evening.

    July 16, 2013

  • Graeme Papa Strumpf M.

    This should be interesting

    July 15, 2013

  • Mazin A.

    Hi! I'm Mazin, an entrepreneur from Saudi interested in IoT technologies and looking for new opportunities.

    1 · July 15, 2013

  • paul w.

    Apologies but will still be in Sheffield.

    July 15, 2013

  • Peter W.

    diary conflict

    July 14, 2013

  • Peter W.

    I enjoyed the first meeting but sadly I won't be able to attend the second on 16th July as I had planned. I hope to be at future IoT events.

    July 14, 2013

  • paul w.

    As a former technical journalist I have an insatiable curiosity.

    July 8, 2013

  • Mark L.

    Scott, Your wish is now granted...

    Looking forward to another excellent IoT meetup. If you're running an IoT related business, please consider applying to present at the IoT Forum, 27th June, in Cambridge. We are actively looking for some great companies to present their ideas to a killer group of investors, corporates and other IoT companies who are making the Internet of Things happen.

    Deadline to apply for presentation slot is May 27th. We will select 10 of the best companies to present on the main stage after this deadline. Please note, slots will be awarded on a competitive basis - we are showcasing the IoT, 'Ones to Watch'. Come and give it your best shot!

    http://internetofthings.thebln.com

    You can also come along, take part, exhibit, meet and network with some of the people who are driving the growth of the Internet of Things.

    May 17, 2013

  • John S.

    Looking forward to it - any confirmed shows yet....

    May 15, 2013

    • scott c.

      Hi John. There's no tabletop shows confirmed yet - just the speakers, but if you have anything or want to suggest anything, that would be great. scott

      May 16, 2013

  • Rob C.

    Looking forward to it as the last one was very good.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it already!

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Looking forward to it.
    See you there.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • Ben W.

    Looking forward to talking about Whitespace spectrum and how it will help the IoT.

    1 · May 15, 2013

  • James K.

    Enjoyed the first meetup. Looking forward to the second.

    1 · May 15, 2013

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