Hugo Fiennes from Electric Imp

We're excited to have Hugo Fiennes from Electric Imp speaking at our event next Thursday at Design Map. Electric Imp has recently made news for their collaboration in the Quirky/GE sponsored hardware competition for IoT devices.

Our Speaker

Hugo Fiennes is CEO and co-founder of Electric Imp, who have built a complete solution that makes it simple to connect devices to the Internet - from hardware to cloud service.

Starting in the mid-80s, when he built bulletin board software for the first wave of online consumers, he's been involved in thin client computing, laser tag games, the first in-car MP3 player (then many more Rio MP3 players), and mobile phone software,
finishing off the 2000's by managing the iPhone hardware team through the first four generations of groundbreaking smartphone.

Frustrated with how hard it was to connect his under-cabinet bathroom lighting to the weather forecast, he decided it was time someone made Internet connectivity for devices simple, and founded Electric Imp.

You can follow Electric Imp on Twitter at @electricimp.


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  • Karl M.

    He gave a very good presentation of his company's product and overview of the industry.

    July 29, 2013

  • Jordan G.

    good stuff, enjoyed hearing about Electric Imp, didn't appreciate being teased with M&M's, but not getting any ;)

    1 · July 27, 2013

  • Neil H.

    Great meeting - thanks to the organisers and to Designmap for hosting it and providing good nibbles and beer!
    I've been using the Electric Imp and its a revolutionary device for its simplicity so a developer can stay focused on the core app. Thanks Hugo for the history and industry insights.
    While the details of the EI weren't touched on, the software development env is both comprehensive and simplistic. Its a split window with the Device software in one window and Agent in the other, and debug monitoring in a third split. Its comprehensive as it just works - save the file and it runs on the targets. Anywhere in the world. Amazing simple and focused.
    With a good 58K of space on the device, the simplicity of the design environment is challenging.
    My wishlist is for version control, including multiple modules and managing the software promotion from hacking to stable deployment. Be nice to have the option of using my favourite editor. But maybe I just need to play with it more.

    July 26, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Great input, Neil! It was great to see you again and I'm glad that you enjoyed the event.

      July 27, 2013

  • Steve G.

    One of the best I've been to. And I'm a picky bastard and I've been to a ton of meetups. Nice job!

    July 26, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Thank you, Steve! See you again soon!

      July 27, 2013

  • Devarshi S.

    Hi folks.. for those interested, we have a livestream here :

    1 · July 25, 2013

  • Arun B.

    I'm still a phlegmy mess fighting off this cold, so I'm going to sit this one out. See you all next time!

    July 25, 2013

  • Roger C.

    Something came up so now there's a time conflict :( Someone grab the spot!

    July 24, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      We hope to see you next time, Roger!

      July 24, 2013

    • Roger C.

      Definitely! Sad I'm missing out tomorrow.

      July 24, 2013

  • Justin A.

    Unfortunately leaving the US for a short while...

    July 24, 2013

    • Alfred L.

      Safe travels. I'd love to hear more about your project when you're back!

      July 24, 2013

  • Nina A.


    July 23, 2013

  • Lee C.

    Software guy in a sea of HW engineers at Intel working on small cores and SOCs.

    July 20, 2013

  • Neil H.

    EI user

    1 · July 20, 2013

  • Akhilesh D.


    1 · July 18, 2013

  • Rob N.


    1 · July 18, 2013

  • David P.

    +1 guest

    July 17, 2013

  • Arlen

    Intersted in Home Automation

    1 · July 17, 2013

  • David M.

    looking fwd!

    1 · July 17, 2013

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