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October Internet of Things talks at Makespace

This month is a 'Makespace special' featuring the tales of two success stories which were accelerated by being part of the Makespace community.


Alexandra Grigore is a PhD student in Nanotechnology and Healthcare Biotechnology at Cambridge and a co-founder of SimPrints Technology Ltd. She has been working for 8 years in research labs across the world in fields including nanomaterials, tissue engineering, biophysics, holography and electron microscopy, before deciding to go large scale and build hardware.

SimPrints is a technology start-up founded by four socially motivated students who want to build incredible technology for development. Their first product tackles the identification problem that is pervasive in resource-poor settings by linking patients to their health records through a single unique identifier: their fingerprint. In less than one year from inception, the team managed to secure funding by winning a prestigious Saving Lives at Birth Grant in Washington DC, as well as a generous donation from ARM.

With the help of the amazing Makespace community and volunteers from ARM, Alexandra is in charge of developing the first rugged, low-cost, fingerprint scanner that connects wirelessly to mobile phones.


Adrian van den Heever is a technology manager with a background spanning electrical, mechanical,  electronic and process engineering and in more recent years (the last 20!) high volume consumer and RF electronics.  Currently CTO at Green Energy Options (Making Energy Engaging!) he manages the people and the technology activities that take products from definition to manufacture. Access to Makespace has allowed Adrian to explore and develop ideas and techniques that help accelerate product realization and reduce the time to market of the products his engineers are developing.


The agenda will be:

Arrive 6:45 for a 7pm start (buzz for entry after 7pm)

> Introduction by Mark Cheverton (@ennui2342)

> Alexandra Grigore (@SimPrintsTech)

> Adrian van den Heever (@GEOmonitors)

> Networking & retire to The Mill

9pm Close


Hashtag: #iotcam. Thanks to Makespace for hosting the meetup:

Makespace is a community run space, that houses manufacturing and prototyping kit and provides the surroundings to meet, work, build, socialise and do amazing things. Makespace has three main aims – to support existing and new businesses, to raise awareness of and skills in engineering and manufacturing, and to provide a fun place for people to hangout and work on projects.

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  • Antonno

    Good talks, thanks for organising!

    Alex was driven, enthusiastic and clearly a strong believer in the relevance of her product and service. No wonder that she got the funding! Wishing her all the best with her product.

    Adrian showed what's possible to develop in a short amount of time, very impressive. Made me want to move into product development again!

    Nice chats also at the Mill afterwards with Dan, Bauke and Alex. I'll come again!

    1 · October 17, 2014

  • Stevan W.

    Oh no house burgled - can't come now :( hope the new internet connection hold up... No pressure

    October 16, 2014

  • Brian S.

    Are you streaming this one?

    October 16, 2014

  • Jan

    Sorry, can't make this one after all. Sounds really interesting, though.

    October 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've started a meetup group about business aspects of the IoT: What are new business models emerging from a connected world? Which organisational challenges arise in an ecosystem where customers = partners = competitors?

    This group is less about technical aspects, but open discussions amongst like-minded business people in the IoT.

    First Cambridge event Wednesday, 12th Nov, 7pm: http://www.meetup.com/The-Business-of-IOT/events/211710612/

    October 13, 2014

  • Pantea L.

    I will not be able to join you for this meeting as I just registered to go to the day long London Innovation Summit on 16th. Looking forward to joining the meeting for November.

    October 7, 2014

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