IoT Midlands Meetup #6: Show and Tell


• Joe Fortey   - Openness in IoT platforms, applications and APIs.

• Xiao Ma, WMG   - The Hub-Of-All-Things research project: how SMEs can get involved in this IoT data privacy project.

• Richard Knowles, Coventry Makerspace - Why Makerspaces are important for IoT businesses, and why you should support them.

• Paul Sanders, Director of Caption Data Limited   - The m2m nervous system: building a GSM-based solution.

Speakers will start at 7.15pm and present for 15 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 '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 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 a quarterly 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.

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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  • WMG SME Team, U.

    Hello all, slides from the session in July can now be accessed here:

    Joe Fortey­

    Paul Sanders, Caption Data Ltd­

    Sophie Peachey, Axillium Research Ltd­

    Dr Jay Bal, WMG­

    August 18

  • scott c.

    Sorry for delay - slides should be available online on Monday. Felix/Cathy I will email them to you separately.

    August 14

  • Felix H.

    I too attended the meeting and would like to receive a copy of the slides, if and when they become available. Thanks, Felix Hovsepian.

    August 14

  • Cathy W.

    Cerys Wyn Davies attended this and would like to receive a copy of the slides used - is anyone able to let me know how I can get hold of these for her please?


    August 14

  • Sam W.

    Hi guys, I really enjoyed the event last week. For those of you who I didn't speak to, I'm an MSc project management student at WMG, currently studying the use of project management tools and techniques in start-ups. I've developed a questionnaire for my dissertation and would greatly appreciate it if any entrepreneurs/or individuals working in a recently set up business (1-5 years old) could fill it in. It won't take too long. Here's the link:­


    August 8

  • Johnathon W.

    Apologies, looks like I won't make it after all. Enjoy!

    July 29

  • Callum D.

    I'll be attending my first IoT Midlands meetup today, with colleague Paul Sanders, who is presenting on "The m2m nervous system: building a GSM-based solution". Look forward to seeing you all there!

    1 · July 29

  • John S.

    Apologies, looks like I'm not going to be able to make it along to this one - any chance of a video?

    July 28

    • scott c.

      Sorry John, no videos this time.

      July 28

  • Alex W.

    Apologies, looks like I'm not going to be able to make it along to this one after all. Have a great evening!

    July 28

  • Nick

    It's in the diary for myself and to attend. Nick

    2 · July 18

  • Robin S.

    Looks like a superb event.

    1 · July 14

  • Peter W.

    Sorry, I have another appointment that day. I'm sure it will be another great event and I look forward to the next.

    1 · June 23

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