IoT Midlands Meetup #3: 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:

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.


• Richard Fairchild, RDM Group (Coventry). Internet of Vehicles – towards the connected car.

• Neil Chilton, Printed Electronics Ltd (Tamworth). An introduction to Printed Electronics.

• Trevor Ward, First Utility (Warwick). How we are opening access to energy data.

(Trevor Ward will be presenting place of Keith Sterling)

• Dr Duncan Hine, WMG CyberSecurity research team. IoT - It was the best of times - It was the worst of times (Managing security risks when connecting physical stuff to the Internet)

Speakers will start a little later this time, at 7.15pm 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:

Car Parks 15 and 8 are closest (Car Park 8 is FREE after 6pm. Car Park 15 is £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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  • John S.

    Excellent choice of speakers left you wanting them to have more time, and the printed electronics was the stand out talk for me as it helped really spark some initial ideas, as did the other talks to a slightly lesser extent.

    October 24

  • Ben W.

    Great talks. It felt a bit shorter somehow. (always the last to leave!)

    October 23

  • Andy C.

    A wonderfully varied crowd of people and an eclectic mix of topics covered by the speakers. Well worth attending - as usual!

    October 23

  • A former member
    A former member

    Another great IoT Meetup at IIPSI, as a speaker I found it very encouraging the amount of positive feedback from people interested in my subject and I will be following up contacts made on the night. Thanks to Scott and the team as usual.

    October 23

  • scott c.

    great turnout and fantastic speakers and networking. Roll on Meetup #4.

    October 23

  • paul w.

    This team really are the best. Always enthusiastic and full of ideas. The Internet of Things is just one facet of the multifaceted #IIPSI

    1 · October 23

  • Nic W.

    Just came across this event so missed out. Working on something in this area:­

    October 22

  • scott c.

    Hello all. Looking forward to this evening's event. With a record number of people signing up to attend, it looks like it's going to be busy.

    If you happen to be not able to make the event tonight after all, please can you go back to and change your RSVP from 'Yes' to 'No'. That way we might be able to let extra people in, in your place. Sadly Keith Sterling from First Utility cannot present this evening, however his colleague Trevor Ward (Head of Mobile Development, and responsible for their Open Data projects) will be presenting instead.

    Many thanks,


    October 22

    • Barry S.

      And if anyone has a better predictive text programme, I need it - apologies, Scott!

      October 22

    • scott c.

      Sorry to hear that. See you next time hopefully.

      October 22

  • Sebastian Y.

    Sorry I can no longer make it as have to cover a colleague on call tomorrow. Looks really interesting. Hope it goes well
    Best wishes

    October 21

    • scott c.

      Sorry to hear that Sebastian. Hopefully see you soon.

      October 22

  • Steve L.

    Hi everyone,
    Sorry but I cant join you tomorrow night due to other commitments.
    Have a great meeting and I will see you next time.


    October 21

    • scott c.

      Sorry to hear that Steve. See you next time.

      October 22

  • Susan

    Hi, just setting up my own business so would like to make new contacts and learn from others experiences.

    1 · October 12

    • paul w.

      Hi Susan. What's your business. Mine is (supposedly) fashion design and making. Was looking at interactive clothing hence my interest in IOT.

      October 13

  • Mark

    Hi everyone I've just joined up. Strangely enough 2 of the speaker topics I suggested in the joining process were around security and use of data relating to IoT and it looks like they might be covered. How weird is that? I'll try my best to get to this meet up.

    1 · October 9

  • scott c.

    We have 3 speakers now confirmed covering printed electronics, telematics and Open Data in the energy sector. Very excited about the subject matter in this one - hope you can all make it.

    September 26

  • Colin N.

    As I mentioned on my "joining" form - I would like to attend but are you aware that Apps World­ is on at Earls Court 22nd / 23rd October. I think I may have to give preference to that event. Hope to attend future events though! Things change - need flexibility.

    September 11, 2013

    • scott c.

      That's the way it goes. See you at a future event I hope.

      September 11, 2013

  • scott c.

    Just working on the speakers for IoTMidlands #3. Very excited that we've got a Printed Electronics expert lined up. Spread the word !

    1 · September 6, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Lots of things have happened over the last few weeks so looking forward to meeting everyone again and hopefully giving you an update

    August 23, 2013

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