Some applications of IoT and some steps in the process of sensing a condition (e.g., weight, traffic, air quality, popularity of a place) involve people taking some sort of an action, of a person, a user, being directly involved in the data capture.
In this meetup we are going to hear about projects that invite or involve the user directly in the gathering of observations. While some automation is usually also involved, our speakers will address why, when and how people, ordinary citizens, are in some cases directly and explicitly putting data about Things into or onto the Internet.
JP de Vooght is a solution architect and project manager in Internet and Mobile. JP promotes the participation of citizens in sustainability issues through hard and soft sensing. He blogs (http://citizensensing.posterous.com/) about Citizen Sensing and will be talking about the array of projects he has seen and where this trend is heading.
Christian Leu, Swiss blogger extraordinaire (http://leumund.ch), is the inventor of the DIY IoT Busstop Lampe (http://leumund.ch/d-i-y-busstop-lamp-arduino-0011112) and an early adopter of high-tech gadgets. In the context of Quantified Self, he will share his experience with Internet-connected self-tracking devices like the Withings body scale (http://www.withings.com/) and the Nike+ (http://nikeplus.nike.com/plus/) sports sensor.
Christian Stammel, CEO of Wearable Technologies AG (http://www.wearable-technologies.com), has established the Wearable Technologies (WT) platform for connecting professionals who are exploring the intersection of health, wellness and sports using sensors and other technologies worn close to the body. WT also conducts events such as the WTconference (http://www.wearable-technologies.com/wt-conference).
Swisscom, the host for this meetup, is title sponsor of the M2M Challenge 2012 (http://m2m-challenge.com/), a market and ecosystem development activity. So if you are working on a solution that uses Machine-to-Machine communication, register and submit it now (http://m2m-challenge.com/register-here/) (deadline is December 31) for the M2M Challenge prize.
The meeting will be conducted in the Swisscom building at Müllerstrasse 16, Zürich (map (http://www.meetup.com/IoT-Zurich/events/78838302/)). From Zürich Central station, 10 Minutes on foot or by tram 3/14 to the Stauffacher stop. We will meet in Diamant I Room
Please join us for networking beverages and snacks after the presentations.