- Blockchain: a waste of resources, or the future of networking?
The Bradfield Centre, Central Working Cambridge
Blockchain is a technology gaining wide interest. From their cypherpunk origins in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, blockchains now provide generic distributed ledgers, smart contracts, registration of physical assets and peer-to-peer micropayments. This substantial industry had peak market capitalisation over $800 billion in January 2018 and 1,500 listed coins and tokens in April 2018. It is not without its controversary, in particular the ethics of recent initial coin offerings (ICOs), high-profile exchange thefts, illegal uses, and the environmental cost of mining digital coins. Yet big names are investing in it, including Andreessen Horowitz, IBM, Microsoft and Sequoia Capital. Ericsson and others even propose its use in the Internet of Things (IoT). Speakers: Toby Simpson, Co-founder and CTO, Fetch.ai (https://fetch.ai) -- Toby is a pioneer in AI, autonomous agents and shared virtual world technology. He produced the cult hit Creatures series and was one of the initial team at DeepMind looking at nature’s contribution to Artificial General Intelligence. It was the investigation into P2P distributed ledger technology and blockchain which led to the realisation that the Fetch’s vision is within reach. Antony Rix - CEO and Founder, Granta Innovation (https://granta.io/) -- Granta Innovation focuses on helping enterprises benefit from new technology. AI, communications, data systems and IoT are already transforming the way we live and work, and there is much more to come. What key opportunities does blockchain offer investors, companies and ordinary people? -- At this event we hope to cut through the hype to consider what blockchain is good for, and if it’s any good at all. Full Agenda: 17:30 Registration and networking over refreshments 18:00 Introduction to event from Chair 18:05 Toby Simpson, Co-founder and CTO, Fetch.ai 18:30 Q&A 18:35 Antony Rix - CEO and Founder, Granta Innovation 19:00 Q&A 19:05 Open Forum 19:25 Closing remarks 19:30 Refreshments and networking 20:30 Event closes With the permission of the speakers, presentations will be loaded to the CW website on the day following the event.
- MWC – Maybe… Whatever… Cool
• What we'll do This year, the GSMA failed to come up with an overriding theme for the Mobile World Congress, but that didn’t stop over 2,400 companies exhibiting and over 107,000 visitors heading to Barcelona for the world’s largest telecoms event. In the event, there were some interesting hidden gems. We bring you some of the highlights and trends that we found while exploring 120,000 sq. metres of stands. Including: • NB-IoT is coming – there are now 13 companies offering chips. • 5G may be coming. • Connected bicycles are definitely coming. • Anything you can make, China can make one month later. • Connected cows are happy cows. Come and hear the full run-down from our speakers … Speakers: Nick Hunn, CTO, WiFore Consulting For the past thirty years Nick has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology that helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, wearables, smart energy and mobile health. He is closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Alliance and other medical and wireless standards bodies. He is the author of 'The Essentials of Short Range Wireless' - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technology to product developers. Derek Long, Cambridge Consultants Derek heads our Telecoms and Mobile practice at Cambridge Consultants, developing business in the field of consumer and specialist telecommunications product and software design. With the largest independent development team on the planet, Cambridge Consultants offers unique strengths in the field of radio communications technologies, with system and product experience ranging from custom micro-powered systems, through the full range of IoT technologies, all the way to broadcast and satcomms. Derek has worked in mobile broadband for over 20 years, from the introduction of GPRS and 3G up until the introduction of LTE Advanced and 5G. His experience includes: regional product portfolio management and sales of RAN & core technologies and the development of cloud and virtualisation portfolio for a major infrastructure vendor; delivery management for network technology strategy; management of IP transformation and spectrum auction strategy consultation projects. The Agenda for the evening.. 18:15 Arrival and networking with beer and nibbles 18.45 Introduction from Chair, Tim Whittaker, Cambridge Consultants 18.50 Nick Hunn, WiFore Consulting 19.25 Q&A 19.30 Derek Long, Cambridge Consultants will talk on 'MWC 2018 - The final score' With 2400 exhibitors addressing 50 or more different subjects there were a lot of players on the pitch jostling for position on the leaderboard of opinion amongst the[masked] visitors to the show. There were some clear winners such as 5G, IOT, AI and Use Cases and there were some clear candidates for relegation such as wearables, wifi and webRTC. Perhaps the most interesting topics were the rapidly rising areas such as Private LTE networks, IOT platforms and digital transformation. 19.55 Q&A 20.00 Open forum and networking Please follow us @CambWireless and tweet about this event using #ConnectedDevices. • What to bring • Important to know
- Final of the IoTUK Boost Programme
You came along to the first event this year and so Cambridge Wireless would like to invite you along to the final event of the IoTUK Boost Programme Cambridge 2017. It's happening on Thursday this week. The evening will involve a short programme wrap up, pitching from the SMEs who've taken part, the all-important prize giving and a drinks reception to celebrate the last 7 months. You'll also get to check out the brand new Bradfield Centre on the Science Park. AGENDA 16:00 Registration and networking with refreshments 16:30 Introductions & review of the IoTUK Boost Programme 17:00 Pitching (5 minutes each) & judges scoring 18:00 Results will be counted and reviewed 18:30 Prize giving and final remarks 18:45 Drinks and networking 19:30 Event closes
- Cambridge IoTUK LP-WAN Boost competition - meet up
IoTUK LP-WAN Boost Evening 9th March at 5:30 pm Cambridge Science Park (http://www.thetrinitycentre.uk.com/contact) CW (http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/) are hosting an informal networking evening at The Trinity Centre, Cambridge Science Park (http://www.thetrinitycentre.uk.com/contact), on 9th March starting at 5:30 pm, and you are invited! Join us for talks, some drinks & snacks, and lots of networking! We are introducing the Cambridge IoTUK LP-WAN Boost (http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/iotboost/) competition, which is being delivered by a partnership between CW (http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/), the Smart Cambridge Programme (http://www.connectingcambridgeshire.co.uk/smartcamb/), Everynet (http://everynet.com/), and Cambridge-based Iotic Labs (https://iotic-labs.com/), with sponsors including Flex (https://www.flex.com/), Arkessa (http://www.arkessa.com/) and Microchip (http://www.microchip.com/). We are seeking at least 10 businesses who have potential IoT solutions to Cambridge challenges. All solutions will make use of the new LoRaWAN™ gateways now being deployed across Cambridge. LPWAN-driven technologies and services will address locally identified societal challenges, for example in air quality, transport and health. Lucky winners will receive mentoring and bespoke technical support, as well as the opportunity to network with sponsors. Hear from Dan Clarke of Smart Cambridge about the LoRaWAN deployment and the upcoming Intelligent City Platform, and what this means for the Cambridge community. Hear about the key Cambridge problems that need tackling Hear from Iotic Labs (https://iotic-labs.com/) about their vision for a world of connected things. Find out about the new Bradfield Centre being opened in the Science Park. We hope to see you there! Please note - spaces are limited – so please book quickly to avoid disappointment. Full agenda will follow. CW (Cambridge Wireless) is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless and mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With over 400 company members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW’s mission is to help its members: Network, Learn and Grow.
- Cambridge CycleHack - (Register through Eventbrite)
Date: 24th - 26th June Location: ARU University Partners: Cambridge Cycling Campaign, Smart Cambridge Programme, CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, Cyclestreets Register - https://goo.gl/SFr4KB On the weekend of the 24th - 26th June Cambridge will be joining cities around the world for a 48 hour CycleHack event. CycleHack aims to make cities cycle friendly through reducing the barriers to cycling and prototyping new ideas to improve the cycling experience and encourage more and safer cycling. In Cambridge, the event will be held at Anglia Ruskin University and other locations where specialist equipment may be required. Participants will be encouraged to test their ideas and prototypes around town during the event. CycleHack was launched in 2014 in Glasgow and has since grown to a global event. In 2015 CycleHack had more than 600 participants from over 25 countries across 5 continents. 67% of participants were inspired to cycle more. In 2016 the event is set to be even bigger with more than 40 cities already registered. CycleHack Cambridge is hoping to attract a whole range of people from developers, makers and data scientists to non-technical artists, designers and those who are interested in cycling and have some great ideas. We also want to include representation from all corners of our diverse cycling community and want to see lots of students and young people taking part. This event will bring together the key elements of our Cambridge culture: cycling, innovation and technology. The event encourages participants to prototype and test their ideas during the weekend to see how they will work in their intended context. Solutions can fall into one of the five CycleHack categories; digital, physical, policy, local plan, event/campaign. Hacks will be loaded to the online open source catalogue to show how the ideas can be replicated. Prizes will be awarded to the best hacks. Partners organising the event so far include Cambridge Cycling Campaign, the Smart Cambridge Programme, CoDE Research Institute at Anglia Ruskin University, and CycleStreets.
- February Internet of Things talks at Redgate
A special this month; in collaboration with Cambridge's festival of light, e-luminate (http://www.e-luminatefestivals.co.uk), our two speakers will shed light on some of the most exciting uses of light in the Internet of Things (IoT). Francesco Anselmo (https://twitter.com/bozzerix), Senior Lighting Designer at Arup Light Lab, will share some examples of his work and talk about the LightQuest project created for the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival. Anthony Howells (https://twitter.com/bisgovuk) from the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills will give the audience an inspiring vision of what the future looks like. The agenda will be: Arrive 6:45 for a 7pm start > Introduction by Mark Cheverton (@ennui2342) > Francesco Anselmo (@bozzerix) > Anthony Howells (@bisgovuk) > Networking 9pm Close Hashtag: #iotcam. Thanks to Redgate for hosting the meetup: Redgate Software (http://www.red-gate.com/) makes ingeniously simple software used by 650,000 IT professionals who work with SQL Server, .NET, and Oracle. More than 100,000 companies use Redgate products, including 91% of the Fortune 100. Red Gate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems that developers and DBAs face every day. Light beautifully bridges across Art and Science, and the e-Luminate Cambridge Festival (http://www.e-luminatefestivals.co.uk) is a celebration of the infinite possibilities created by this intersection. The e-Luminate Cambridge Festival is a modern arts festival for a city at the forefront of technology and research. The really great thing is that you don’t have to be into visual art to want to come and see this amazing Festival, Light is accessible to all! Our flagship event offers a unique opportunity for residents and visitors to discover, or re-discover, the richness and diversity of Cambridge’s iconic buildings and public spaces through a range of Light art installations, family activities, talks and concerts.
#hackCambridge - A day of events looking at technology and how it can help address some of Cambridge's challenges including; 24hr Hackathon - Calling all hackers! we're looking for software developers, hardware developers, designers and those with great ideas to come and spend 24hrs working on Cambridge's challenges. Starts at 12.00 with pitches to a judging panel at 12.00 on Sunday - There will be prizes! *TICKETS AVALIBLE FROM THE JUNCTION BOX OFFICE* Cambridge - Toward a Smart City - Talks and discussion - come and see Cllr Lewis Herbert talk about the Cities challenges, Usman Haque talk about messy cities and citizen driven smart cities, finally Mark Farid talking about data privacy and security an important issue in the 'Smart City' followed by a discussion. *TICKETS AVALIBLE FROM THE JUNCTION BOX OFFICE* Also we will have displays of City soloutions developed through the Collusion maker challenges, Cambridge Invents short films and an opportunity to come and try Data Shadow. Drop by give us your ideas for how Cambridge should develop as a 'Smart City'! All welcome Oct 31st at The Junction
- October Internet of Things talks at Redgate
- Co-create a data hack for Cambridge
*** This event is cross-posted and should be of interest to iotcam members. If you want to attend, please sign up on the event page here: http://www.meetup.com/hackCambridge/events/225342753/ *** A collaboration of organisations (Collusion, Thingful, The Junction and Smart Cambridgeshire) are organising an event (#hackCambridge), as part of the festival of ideas. The hack looks to explore how technology can improve the quality of life for city residents and address some of the challenges faced around transport, environmental mangement, energy and health and social care. The core part of the event will be a data hack, we welcome not only data people but anyone who wants to work on city challenges. To ensure that the hack is as successful as possible we want to work with likley participants to co-create the hack, identifying areas your intrested in and ensuring that this isn't just a one off event but makes a real differnce to the residents of Cambridge. We'll be talking about the Smart Cambridgeshire programme and on-going projects as well setting out the challenges the city faces. We want to hear from you what areas or data you'd be intrested in working on. We look forward to seeing you on the 30th of Sept and creating a successful event for the 31st of Oct. #hackCambridge will be on the 31st of Oct at The Junction with the hack element running for 24hrs. The details of the hack will be worked out on the 30th of Sept. *** This event is cross-posted and should be of interest to iotcam members. If you want to attend, please sign up on the event page here: http://www.meetup.com/hackCambridge/events/225342753/ ***
- September Internet of Things talks at Redgate
This month we're pleased to have an IoTlaunchpad finalist, Damon from OpenTRV (http://opentrv.org.uk), talk to us about his plans to save the world with IoT. We're also welcoming back Patrick from Chirp (http://chirp.io) who has just survived his first crowdfunding campaign and is here to tell us his secrets. Crowdfunding is changing the game for early-stage startups, but crowdfunding is hard. If you need tactical, practical advice on how to get your project or business funded, then this talk is for you. The agenda will be: Arrive 6:45 for a 7pm start > Introduction by Mark Cheverton (@ennui2342) > Which end of a soldering iron is the hot one? - Damon Hart-Davis (@opentrv) > How to win at crowdfunding - Patrick Bergel (@goodmachine) > Networking 9pm Close Damon Hart-Davis (http://twitter.com/opentrv) and OpenTRV (http://opentrv.org.uk/) are on a mission to cut 10% of the entire UK's carbon emissions using IoT. Damon will explain the link between open source, footfall in London bus shelters and putting hardware sensors into the hands of software developers. Patrick Bergel (http://twitter.com/goodmachine) Patrick Bergel is a former creative director, now partner at creative technology firm Animal Systems and Head of Product at Chirp (http://chirp.io/), an award-winning platform for sharing data over sound. Chirp recently raised £750K (188% of target) on Crowdcube. Hashtag: #iotcam. Thanks to Redgate for hosting the meetup: Redgate Software (http://www.red-gate.com/) makes ingeniously simple software used by 650,000 IT professionals who work with SQL Server, .NET, and Oracle. More than 100,000 companies use Redgate products, including 91% of the Fortune 100. Red Gate’s philosophy is to design highly usable, reliable tools which elegantly solve the problems that developers and DBAs face every day.