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IoT Week & the 5th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Expo

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IoT WEEK IN BOSTON! Internet of Things -- Connecting with the Physical World --

FOUR GREAT EVENTS!

1. IoT Olympiad (http://www.iotolympiad.com/) is a developer competition (“hackathon”) for Boston’s innovation economy focused on the Internet of Things (IoT) and M2M. The competition will be held in Cambridge, MA from Friday, May 2 through Sunday evening, May 4, 2014 at the Cambridge Innovation Center (http://cic.us (http://cic.us/)). The focus of the event is on realizing the benefits of IoT in measurably improving efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life (the Internet of Useful Things™), not just measuring or automating any process without a proven benefit (the Internet of Useless Things™). The Olympiad is a 48-hour competition, dedicated to developing IoT solutions focused on improved healthcare outcomes (“Giving Life”), cold chain / supply chain efficiencies (“Preserving Life”), and sustainable maritime economies (“Sustaining Life”). The event will attract between 60 and 150 qualified developers, UX designers, scientists, and engineers, and will produce many demonstrable ideas, functions, or applications. Sponsors will provide Challenge Awards designed to encourage Olympiad teams to focus on specific business or organizational challenges, technology capabilities, and complex data environments. After the Boston event, Hack The Hackathon will bring the IoT Olympiad to its successful Hackathon World Tour in Algiers Algeria, Istanbul Turkey, Lagos Nigeria, and streaming online.

2. Security of Things Conference, May 7, 8am to 4pm Sheraton Commander Hotel, Cambridge, MA

The Security of Things Forum (SECoT) brings together thought leaders, executives, security researchers and entrepreneurs for a high-value day of learning and discussion about the tools, technologies, talent and strategies needed to manage the coming flood of intelligent, Internet-connected endpoints. Hosted by The Security Ledger, (http://www.securityledger.com/) with support from technology firms Cisco andIntel/McAfee, as well as Boston's leading technology investors, SECoT brings together executives and thought leaders from the worlds of high tech, academia, government and industry to explore the promise and challenges that will come from securing an Internet of Things environment comprising hundreds of billions of devices and trillions of dollars in economic activity. http://www.securityofthings.com

3. 5th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Expo, May 7
MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA USA
May 7, 2014, 4pm – 9 pm http://www.rfidexpo.net

See Expo description below

4. NFC Bootcamp Boston (http://www.nfcbootcamp.com), May 8-9, 2014

Enroll in NFC Bootcamp™ and learn how to use NFC to drive brand awareness, enhance customer experience, and increase your revenue stream. With NFC-enabled smartphones and mobile devices finally reaching consumers, the TIME IS NOW to leverage the power of NFC technology to reach your customers. This training program is designed for business leaders and marketers, as well as NFC enthusiasts, wanting to learn more about near field communication applications in the marketplace. It includes hands-on demos and training on how to build an NFC campaign, presented by local and international NFC experts. Attendees learn best practices for using NFC in real-world scenarios — presented by people actually creating and implementing solutions.

Register now using promo code MeetUp and save 20% off the price of the event. https://www.nfcbootcamp.com/event-registration/?ee=60

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EXPO HIGHLIGHTS -- REGISTER at: http://www.rfidexpo.net

• Two great panels

• 50+ Exhibitors (free entry to the exhibit & demo areas)

• Interactive, Hands-on Demos for Retail applications leveraging wireless solutions from three or more technology vendors.

THE NEXT BIG THINGS
Internet of Things . . . Cloud of Things . . Big Data & Analytics . . Nanotechnology . . . Printed Electronics . . . Energy Harvesting . . . Wearable Devices . . . and much more

• Smart things in your home such as appliances, lawn mowers, furniture, medical devices and electronics.

• Smart consumables such as . . . laundry & food products, medications and more.

• Smart doors – Access Control

• Things in stores and other businesses -- apparel, IT assets, capital assets, HVAC systems, pharmaceuticals and more.

EXPO PANEL #1: The Next Wave of Proximity Solutions

EXPO PANEL #2: Wireless Solutions for Retailers and Big Data Analytics
• MIT Professor Sanjay Sarma

• Raghu Das, Founder of IDTechEx

• Stacey Shulman, former CIO of American Apparel

• Tom Coyle, Chair, RFID/NFC Circle, MIT Enterprise Forum

Join us! REGISTER at http://www.rfidexpo.net

This is the fifth year of the Expo. We call it the Auto-ID & Sensor Expo because the event encompasses a wide variety of wireless technologies and associated solutions – bar code, infared, RFID, Near Field Communications, Beaconing solutions, GPS, Cloud solutions, Big Data, Analytics and much more.

Last year there were 60 exhibitors at the Expo and 500 attendees. A list of exhibitors from last year is shown on www.rfidexpo.net.

We’re at the best spot on MIT’s campus and always attract a great mix of attendees and exhibitors. The primary thrust of the Expo is to support entrepreneurs regardless of the size of the company. Of the sixty exhibitors last year, about 20 were from startup companies, 20 from mid-size companies and a third from larger companies.

WHAT MAKES THE EXPO SPECIAL?
The focus of the Expo is on the substance of exhibitor offerings. Show what you’ve got on a table and boast about it a little bit. We get a great mix of entrepreneurs from small, medium and large companies exhibiting at the Expo. Because we are a non-profit you’ll see many startup companies that typically cannot afford to exhibit at tradeshows.

The long awaited vision of Internet of Things is now exploding in many ways. 2013 was noteworthy because it appears that there is now resolution of longstanding patent issues. Retail is an especially energetic sector in adopting RFID at the item level. There is also widespread adoption of wireless solutions in the energy, IT and medical sectors among others.

As usual, we’ll also have food, beverages, great networking and a little bit of fun.

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