• IoT and the Future of Connectivity

    Two Sigma

    Join us at Two Sigma Ventures on Thursday, 3/28 to learn about the networks of the future. Run of Show: 6:30pm - Doors open 6:50pm - Ben Forgan, Founder of Magic presents Magic 7:05pm - Ryan John King, Co-Founder of FOAM presents FOAM 7:20pm - Fireside chat with Ben and Ryan 7:50pm - Q&A 8:05pm - Open time for networking 8:30pm - Doors close Your Speakers: Ben Forgan, Founder of Magic Ben is focused on creating a world with ubiquitous, secure, and private connectivity for both people and machines. Prior to Magic, Ben started and ran Foodpanda, an online food delivery business, in Singapore; helped build Groupon Goods as Head of Sales Operations; and designed threat risk models for the Department of Homeland Security while at Digital Sandbox. He also currently serves as CEO of Hologram: a cellular provider for the Internet of Things that he founded in late 2013. Twitter: @bforgan Ryan John King, Co-Founder and CEO of FOAM Ryan John King is the co-founder and CEO of FOAM, a spatial protocol for the Ethereum blockchain that provides secure Proof of Location services for users and autonomous agents. Previously, Ryan led a speculative Architecture studio focused on the intersection of decentralized finance and design. He has lectured and exhibited world wide at institutions such as the Storefront for Art and Architecture, the Guggenheim Museum and the Chicago Architecture Biennial. Ryan has a background and education in Economics and is a published author and scholar on cities, politics, networks and markets. Twitter: @frothcity Company Bios: Magic Magic is a decentralized internet service provider from the future. Wireless internet networks fill the air around us but are mostly inaccessible. Magic combines all these individual networks into a shared secure decentralized supernetwork. Once connected you are always connected, jumping from one secure wireless network to the next. Magic always picks the most performant network in accordance with your specifications. Those sharing their wireless network as part of the supernetwork are rewarded for providing coverage and each time data is passed over the network. FOAM FOAM is building crowdsourced maps and location services that can be trusted for every application. Technology is evolving, and mapping needs to keep up with the pace of change. FOAM leverages the power of the Ethereum blockchain toprovide communityverification for crowdsourced places. The FOAM proof of location protocol is an alternative to GPS with inbuilt security features that make it harder to manipulate or take offline. Maps and location services solve real life problems when they’re in the hands of the people who use them everyday. FOAM puts the community first, rewarding everyone for the value they create.

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  • IoT and Space Habitats on Mars

    Microsoft Reactor in The Hub @ GCT

    Join us for an event featuring David Malott, CEO and Creative Director, AI SpaceFactory. More info to come shortly!

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  • Governing IoT

    Two Sigma

    The number of connected machines in our world has already surpassed the global human population (7.2 billion at this time), nearing 15 billion. It is projected that this number will be over 3X larger than the global human population by 2020. Internet connected machines and systems will continue to grow to nearly 75 billion by 2025. So it is no secret that “IoT” is happening: From Alexa and Siri to self driving cars and predictive maintenance, chances are that you interact with a connected device on a daily basis. If you think about it, your smartphone is the swiss army knife of IoT devices vis a vis the App Store. Yet as ease of use and deployment improves and accessibility increases, certain questions are raised and their answers have important implications: Who is responsible if something goes wrong with a self-directed machine? How can we ensure that these devices aren’t being used against us by bad actors? What is the government’s role in determining the answers to these questions? Join us on Wednesday, November 7th at 6pm at Two Sigma Ventures to take a deep dive into these questions and more. Our Speakers: Mike Barlow, Managing Partner @ Cumulus Partners Mike Barlow is an award-winning journalist, prolific author, and business strategy consultant. He is the author of Learning to Love Data Science (O’Reilly 2015), and coauthor of Smart Cities, Smart Future (Wiley 2019), The Executive’s Guide to Enterprise Social Media Strategy (Wiley 2011), and Partnering with the CIO (Wiley 2007). He is also the author of many articles, reports, and white papers on numerous topics including AI, machine learning, smart cities, ambient computing, predictive maintenance, real-time data analytics, digital transformation, and IT architecture. Over the course of a long career, Barlow was a reporter and editor at several respected suburban daily newspapers, including The Journal News and the Stamford Advocate. His feature stories and columns appeared regularly in The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Newsday, and other major US dailies. He has written extensively on data science topics for O’Reilly Media and other publishers. A graduate of Hamilton College, he is a licensed private pilot, an avid reader, and an enthusiastic ice hockey fan. Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton, Principal @ CLB Strategic Consulting, LLC Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton is a marketing and communications strategy consultant and writer whose data-driven decision support work helps companies optimize their performance in the face of change. As Principal of CLB Strategic Consulting, LLC, her focus is on new business opportunities created by disruptive or emerging technologies. She has held senior positions at well-known financial services firms and served on prestigious Boards of Directors. Ms. Lévy-Bencheton earned an MA from Stanford University, an MBA from Pace University and advanced certificates from New York University. A committed futurist, she is an evangelist for Big Data, STEM, the IoT and Smart Cities. She is co-author of Smart Cities, Smart Future: Showcasing Tomorrow (Wiley 2018)

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  • IoT NY #57: Decentralizing IoT and Disrupting the Telcos

    Build Grand Central

    Agenda: 6:00pm - Networking, Food & Drink 6:20pm - Welcome, agenda, updates 6:30pm - Babak Prasdar presents a 15 minute overview of IoT security 6:50pm - Mark Phillips presents on Helium's blockchain-based network 7:40pm - More networking About this event: We're over a decade into the era of the IoT and it’s still broken. People have great ideas for making the world a better place with more connected devices, but they still can't turn their ideas into reality with all of the obstacles surrounding large deployments, from data privacy, data ownership, network coverage & access, and hardware costs to name a few. In this Meetup, we'll first hear from Babak Prasdar, Founder and CEO of Acreto, an IoT security startup, who will provide a brief overview of data privacy and security for IoT. We'll then hear from Helium's VP of Business Development, Mark Phillips, on the current challenges facing the IoT industry and how Helium is taking a radical approach to disrupt the telcos and provide ubiquitous connectivity by building a decentralized machine network using a new blockchain, wireless network, and open source software. Speakers: Babak Prasdar is the CEO/CTO of Acreto. Previously, Babak was Founder and CEO of Bat Blue, a cloud security organization, and a Technical Advisory Board Member to Palo Alto Networks. Mark Phillips is the VP of Business Development at Helium. Previously, he was the Director of Community and Developer Evangelism at Basho. About Helium: Helium is building the world's first decentralized machine network to simplify connecting anything to the internet through a new combination of a physical blockchain, wireless network, and open-source software. Helium was founded in 2013 by Shawn Fanning, Amir Haleem, and Sean Carey. The company is backed by some of the most prominent Venture Capital firms in the world, including GV (formerly Google Ventures), Khosla Ventures, FirstMark Capital, HSB/MunichRe Ventures and others.

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  • IoT NY #56: Why IoT doesn’t exist, but will still reshape our lives

    Microsoft Reactor in The Hub @ GCT

    In this Meetup we'll learn how the IoT is being implemented across various industries and why it is important to consider IoT in the specific context of their specific industry. Abstract: (This talk is originally being delivered at StrataData NYC on 9/14. To register for StrataData NYC and receive 20% off use code TimescaleDB20) After years of hype, the internet of things has become a cliched term bandied about by analysts and companies trying to sell their services. Part of the problem is the attachment to a label that, for example, places wind turbine vibration sensors in the same jargon-bucket as a voice-activated home speaker that can control our lights. This giant market we call the internet of things, seemingly encompassing everything from wearables to autonomous vehicles to smart homes, factories, and cities, simply does not exist. Yet there is change afoot, reshaping our industries, our lives, and the world itself—change driven by fundamental technological shifts: cheaper, more powerful hardware, nearly ubiquitous connectivity, cloud and edge computing. We’re witnessing an evolution of computing, as it expands from mainframes (one computer for many people) to desktops (one computer per person) to mobile (multiple computers per person) to the phenomenon we see today (one to many computers per “thing”). Ajay Kulkarni explores the underlying changes that are characterizing the next wave of computing happening and shares several ways in which individual businesses and overall industries will be transformed. About your Speaker: Ajay Kulkarni is the cofounder and CEO of TimescaleDB, developers of the first open-source time-series database that natively supports full SQL. It is deployed in production across industries all around the world for powering applications in DevOps, IoT, SaaS, Machine Learning, and more. Previously, Ajay cofounded communication data analysis company Sensobi (acquired in 2011 by GroupMe, later acquired by Skype/Microsoft) and led the mobile engineering team at GroupMe, which grew to millions of daily users and billions of monthly messages over a short period of time. His experience also includes roles at Citigroup, Microsoft, and several startups. Ajay holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in computer science from MIT and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is an avid runner and conscientiously maintains an up-to-date list of the top ice cream shops in NYC.

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  • IoT NY #55 - Summer Special: Building a Business on Connected Hardware

    There has been a lot of hype around IoT, but as the dust settles it is becoming apparent that it was not unwarranted. The promise that IoT offers is a more efficient, more productive, less wasteful, and safer world. It also opens up entirely new possibilities for education, human interaction and understanding. But the beginning of any industrial revolution, such as IoT is a part of, is bumpy at first. Some are succeeding in delivering IoT products and solutions incrementally to their respective markets yet many have tried and failed in building a connected hardware business. So how does one go about it? This event will focus on the stages involved in successfully executing on the creation of a connected hardware business, from the early stages (ideation, prototyping, fundraising, manufacturing, logistics, go to market) to the growth stages (sales, partnerships, business development). These businesses might be enabled by connected hardware and grown with the use of data, but it in the end, it is people who build them. We'll hear from 2 panels of speakers of various connected hardware companies and ventures who will share their experience at these 2 stages and their lessons learned, followed by audience Q&A. RSVP and bring your friends! *** Details *** Moderator: Bay Mclaughlin, Co-Founder & COO - Brinc (www.brinc.io) Early Stage panel: 6:30-7pm - Andrew Ochoa, CEO - Waverly Labs (www.waverlylabs.com) - Matt Misbin, Head of Business Development - Lynq (www.lynqme.com) - Erhan Soyer-Osman, Investor - TSV (http://twosigmaventures.com/) Growth Stage panel: 7:45-8:15pm - Adam Sager, Founder & CEO - Canary (https://canary.is/) - Jun Shimada, Founder & CTO - ThinkEco (www.thinkecoinc.com) - Ajay Kulkarni, Co-Founder & CEO - Timescale (www.timescale.com) Event sponsors: NEA - www.nea.com is one of the world’s largest and most active venture capital firms, NEA has developed deep domain expertise and insight into our industries of focus. We channel that knowledge into every technology and healthcare investment we make -- at any stage, in any location, around the globe. View our portfolio: www.nea.com/portfolio Brinc - www.brinc.io helps founders build and launch connected hardware businesses. Brinc is more than an accelerator, working with founders at every stage of their journey to turn hardware startups into successful businesses (education, money, manufacturing and more). Applications are open for Brinc’s next accelerator batch for IoT, Connected Hardware, Drones and Robotics companies. They invest $70-$100k USD and have programs that are both online and onsite in Hong Kong, the Middle East and Barcelona. Apply at www.brinc.io/accelerator. Get your product manufactured in China right the first time. Brinc's manufacturing services have helped 35 startups to ship their products and they can help you too. Learn more at www.brinc.io/manufacturing. Join the Brinc + F6S IoT Community Now @ brinc.io/community Thousands of founders, experts, and investors are there and want to help you! ---> www.f6s.com/iot Venue sponsor: NewLab - https://newlab.com/ uniquely supports entrepreneurs working in advanced technology—in disciplines including robotics, AI, connected devices, nanotechnology, urban tech, and more. With resident space, on-site Product Realization, specialized programming, and access to a network that includes city agencies, venture capitalists, domain experts, and corporate partners, New Lab makes innovation move faster. New Lab is located inside of historic Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 128—a century-old former shipbuilding machine shop with a lengthy history as an important site for manufacturing and innovation.

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  • IoT NY #54: Streaming Architectures in IoT

    Microsoft Reactor in The Hub @ GCT

    In IoT, data is constantly in motion. It may move from edge devices, to gateways, to on-premise servers and into the cloud. As we discovered in our last Meetup, computation at the edge is a trend away from centralized to decentralized data processing. Similarly, we see a trend away from batch analytics (analyzing data at rest e.g., in Hadoop) to streaming analytics (analyzing data in motion e.g., in Kafka or Spark). In this month's Meetup, we'll learn about streaming architectures as applied to IoT. \\ \\ Speaker 1: Pete Zybrick - Senior Lead Architect, Big Data Engineering @Medidata (https://www.mdsol.com/en) Bio: From Bell Labs to BMW to Big Data, Pete has architected, developed, managed, secured, tested and deployed large scale mission critical systems directly responsible for billions of dollars in annual transactions. Currently Pete is at Medidata, where he is a hands-on Sr Mgr of Big Data Engineering, leading a team of engineers building Big Data and IoT solutions to enhance current and future clinical trials. Talk: iote2e - Internet of Things End to End. Abstract: iote2e is an integrated set of Docker containers and Raspberry Pi based sensors and actuators that demonstrates how to combine Docker with external IoT devices for near real time processing. iote2e integrates 24 Docker containers implementing a Lambda architecture running Kafka, SparkStreaming, Ignite, Cassandra, Zeppelin, MySQL and a custom Java websockets application along with Raspberry Pi's and daughterboards running Python applications, using Apache Avro for the schema communication between the layers. All 24 containers are running on a single Ubuntu laptop, using a bridge network and compose files. Additionally a Windows laptop is used for Tableau based dashboard demonstrations. Four use cases will be demonstrated: MyHomeGreenhouse.com, Dynamic Clinical Trial, YourPersonalizedMedicine.com and Big Data Black Box. For further information, please refer to the project in GitHub: https://github.com/petezybrick/iote2e/blob/master/iote2e-common/src/site/markdown/README.md \\ \\ Speaker 2: Tim Spann - Senior Solutions Engineer @Hortonworks Bio: Tim Spann was a Senior Solutions Architect at AirisData working with Apache Spark and Machine Learning. Previously he was a Senior Software Engineer at SecurityScorecard helping to build a reactive platform for monitoring real-time 3rd party vendor security risk in Java and Scala. Before that he was a Senior Field Engineer for Pivotal focusing on CloudFoundry, HAWQ and Big Data. He is an avid blogger and the Big Data Zone Leader for Dzone. He runs the the very successful Future of Data Princeton meetup with over 830 members at. He is currently a Solutions Engineer at Hortonworks in the Princeton New Jersey area. You can find all the source and material behind his talks at his Github and Community blog: https://github.com/tspannhw/ApacheDeepLearning101 https://community.hortonworks.com/users/9304/tspann.html. Talk: IoT with Apache MXNet and Apache NiFi and MiniFi Abstract: A hands-on deep dive on using Apachee MiniFi with Apache MXNet on the edge device including Raspberry Pi with Movidius and NVidia Jetson TX1. We run deep learning models on the edge device and send images, sensor data and deep learning results if values exceed norms. Using S2S data is sent to NiFi for further processing, additional deep learning processing, data augmentation. A stream of data is landed as ORC files in HDFS with Hive tables on-top. Processed data in AVRO format with a schema stored in Schema Registry. Visualization is shown in Zeppelin. Use Cases: Security Camera Monitoring, Utility Asset Anomaly Detection, Temperature and Humdiity filtering for devices.

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  • IoT NY #53: Edge Intelligence on IoT Day

    April 9th is IoT Day! This year on IoT Day, we'll focus on Edge Intelligence: The International Data Corporation (IDC) has concluded that by 2019 at-least 40% of IoT data will be stored, processed, analyzed and acted upon close to, or at the edge of the network. Come learn about data processing at the edge and the promise of improved agility, security and reliability in data-handling and analytics systems. GIVEAWAY: IoT World is an annual conference in Silicon Valley, covering topics that are top priorities for tech execs, startups, and other industry leaders, and is generously providing one giveaway for one Everything Pass. **Please be sure to bring a business card if you would like to enter to win a free Everything Pass to attend IoT World on May 14-17** --Event Program-- An introduction from Ed Maguire, Venture Partner @ Momenta Partners Neil Cohen, VP Marketing @ Edge Intelligence http://edgeintelligence.com Abstract: Extending Analytics to the Edge for IoT It is predicted that there will be more than 30B IoT devices by the end of this decade. Data generated from these machines and sensors require instantaneous intelligence and ongoing analysis to extract maximum value and gain competitive advantage. In order to do so, the architecture for warehousing data needs to change in order to handle massive growth in data volumes and new requirements for privacy. Learn how a distributed analytics platform built by Edge Intelligence brings data to the core of an IoT strategy and unlocks new business insights through machine learning, complex event processing and data forensic techniques. Find out how to implement quickly along with enterprise, telecommunication and government examples. Amir Halfon, VP Strategic Solutions @ iguazio https://www.iguazio.com Abstract: Data Processing at the Edge Several forces have been pushing technology organizations towards the notion of “Edge Computing”. Especially with advent of IoT, there’s a growing realization that a centralized cloud infrastructure is cost-prohibitive when it comes to large data volumes. This session will examine edge computing in the context of processing large amounts of streaming data close to the source. It will introduce a technical architecture that’s an alternative to traditional centralized data processing, along with several case studies. --Thank you to our sponsors-- Datadog: Datadog is a monitoring and analytics platform for cloud-scale application infrastructure. Combining metrics from servers, databases, and applications, Datadog delivers sophisticated, actionable alerts, and provides real-time visibility of your entire infrastructure. Datadog includes 150+ vendor-supported, pre-built integrations and monitors hundreds of thousands of hosts. https://www.datadoghq.com/ TimescaleDB: TimescaleDB is the only open-source time-series database that natively supports full-SQL at scale, combining the power, reliability, and ease-of-use of a relational database with the scalability typically seen in NoSQL databases. It is packaged as a PostgreSQL extension and optimized for fast ingest and complex queries. TimescaleDB is deployed for powering mission-critical applications across industries as varied as manufacturing, utilities, oil & gas, logistics, mining, smart spaces, ad tech, finance, telecom, and more. Timescale is backed by NEA, Benchmark, and Two Sigma Ventures. http://www.timescale.com/ IoT World: the world's biggest IoT event, bringing you the best technologies, strategies, and case studies for every vertical IoT will impact. Reserve your spot at https://goo.gl/FGvR4s 20% Discount code: IOTNY Santa Clara Convention Ctr @iotworldseries #IoTWorld Momenta Partners: Momenta Partners are accelerating the growth of Connected Industry companies since 2012. The team consists of deep practitioners having led connected companies and business lines at Apple, Brambles, Daintree, Eurotech, GE Digital, IBM, ThingWorx, Wonderware and others. https://www.momenta.partners

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  • IoT NY #52: Signal Processing and Predictive Analytics in IoT

    Meetup agenda: 6:00-6:20 - Pre-event Networking, Pizza & Drinks 6:20-6:30 - Meetup Introduction 6:30-7:15 - Stuart from RealityAI presents + Q&A 7:15-8:00 - Saar from Augury presents + Q&A 8:00-8:30 - Post-event Networking This Meetup will focus on Signal Processing (analyzing, synthesizing, and modifying signal data) and Predictive Analytics (analyzing current and historical facts to make predictions about future or otherwise unknown events) within the context of IoT. These data analytics and machine learning techniques are often employed for the efficient servicing of connected devices and machines before failure or catastrophe, thereby reducing the time, money and pain of owner, operator, or customer. Joining us to discuss these topics are: Speaker: Stuart Feffer, Co-Founder & CEO @ Reality AI (https://reality.ai) About Reality AI: Intended for use by R&D departments at companies creating devices and equipment instrumented with sensors, Reality AI Tools generate detection code that can be incorporated into our customer’s products, running either in the cloud, or at the edge on inexpensive, commodity hardware. Reality AI holds 10 patents and 6 patents-pending, all in the field of machine learning as applied to sensors and signals. Talk abstract: Sensors are everywhere - wearables, connected devices, even “old industry” products are now becoming instrumented and turning “smart.” But working with sensor data - particularly sensor data in the form of signals - can be very difficult. High sample-rate signals like sound, vibration, accelerometry and electrical signals are usually the domain of the signal processing engineer, but there are new machine learning and AI-driven techniques that make these types of data much easier to work with, and much easier to blend with data from other sensors. This session will help you better understand: • The difference between time-series and signal data in sensors • How to determine the right approach for working with each • How to use the latest ML and AI techniques on this kind of data • Differences using embedded solutions and the tools available to help Speaker Bio: Stuart is co-founder and CEO of Reality AI, an artificial intelligence company focusing on sensors and signals. The technology behind Reality AI was originally developed for the defense and intelligence sector, but is now available for commercial use. Stuart was previously co-CEO of LaCrosse, a technology and operations platform for investment funds that was acquired by Wells Fargo. He has a PhD from UC Berkeley and a BA from the University of Chicago. == AND == Speaker: Saar Yoskovitz, CEO / Co-Founder @ Augury (www.augury.com) About Augury: Augury brings internet-age technologies into the maintenance world and combines them with the gold-standard practices of Predictive Maintenance. We teamed up certified Vibration Analysis experts with Machine Learning algorithm experts – in order to build the mechanical diagnostics platform of the Internet of Things. Talk abstract: Coming soon! Speaker Bio: Saar, an avid entrepreneur, has extensive experience in Machine Learning, Signal Processing Algorithms, and System Architecture. Prior to founding Augury Systems, Saar worked as an Analog Architect at Intel. Saar holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). During his studies, Saar initiated a voluntary project called “Select – Students for Technological Advancement,” for which he received the Israel’s Council of Higher Education (MALAG) award for social involvement.

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  • IoT NY #51: Industrial IoT in Manufacturing

    Two Sigma

    This month's IoT NY is in held in conjunction with Time-Series Data NY. For all things time-series data related outside the realm of IoT, join here: https://www.meetup.com/time-series-data-new-york/ ====== The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Smart Factories. Industry 4.0. Call it what you want, one of the biggest market opportunities for IoT deployments and applications lies within manufacturing. Nowadays our products are almost always assembled by machine: plastic extruders, sheet metal stampers, textile spinning machines, robotic arms programmed for specific tasks. The machines and equipment vary, depending on the product being made, with the manufacturing processes overseen by humans. Until recently, the performance parameters of the machines (e.g., pressure, humidity, moisture, temperature, rotational speed) have been largely invisible to us. In other words, we need to capture data. Consequently, the efficiency of our processes is jeopardized by the fact that we don't know what is happening at all times along our assembly lines. In other words, we don't capture data at all or if we do, we don't put it to actionable use. This is why manufacturing is one of IoT's biggest markets. With the right data collection, processing, storage and analytics solution in place, companies can save hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars through process optimization, maximizing resource efficiency and, ultimately, increasing productivity. ====== Speakers: - Devon Peticolas, Data Engineer @ Oden Technologies (https://oden.io/) - Eric Fogg, COO & Founder @ MachineMetrics (https://www.machinemetrics.com/) Agenda: 6:00-6:20 - Pre-event Networking, Pizza & Drinks 6:20-6:30 - Meetup Introduction 6:30-7:15 - Eric from MachineMetrics presents + Q&A 7:15-8:00 - Devon from Oden Technologies presents + Q&A 8:00-8:30 - Post-event Networking ** Important to know ** To ensure a pleasant Meetup experience, we advise RSVPing at least 48 hours in advance so that building security has the opportunity to print your name tag. Thanks!

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