Past Meetup

IOT//EDINBURGH (The Maker Revolution)

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The availability of innovations such as low cost sensors, microcontroller-based kits, 3D printers, and ubiquitous connectivity combined with the growing popularity of hackerspaces, Fab Labs, and other "maker spaces" has transformed the "Maker Movement" into a "Maker Revolution"!

The Maker Movement started around ten years ago when people realised that digital fabrication was no longer the exclusive domain of institutions. Instead of buying products, or wait for them to be produced by large OEMs, "Makers" could simply build things themselves.

The "Maker Revolution" is gaining momentum in Scotland with an increasing number of "maker spaces" opening for business. They include Edinburgh Hacklab (http://edinburghhacklab.com/) at Summer Hall, Dundee Maker Space (https://dundeemakerspace.co.uk/), and the Electron Club (http://www.electronclub.org/doku.php) in Glasgow.

The "Maker Revolution" has been further boosted by the popularity of crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter (http://www.kickstarter.com) and Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com) that enable "Makers" and "Hackers" to go directly to "supporters" to fund their work.

This event will celebrate the "Maker Revolution" by covering a wide range or Maker-related topics (see below). If you'd like to speak at this event, or demo some cool "Maker" related technology please get in touch with me (simon at web3iot dot com). If you'd like to network, listen to some interesting speakers, or show off something you've made yourself, simply RSVP and show up on the day. It's a free event but capacity is limited!

18:00 REGISTRATION

18.15 - 18:20 WELCOME

Simon Montford, Founder WEB3//IOT @simonmontford

18:20 - 18:40 Dr Patrick Hickey (NIPHT)

Patrick Hickey is founder of NIPHT and specialises in a diverse range of disciplines including biology, electronics and art. Recent projects include designing LED systems for laboratories, consulting for TV and film, art installations and providing technical expertise for several guerrilla marketing projects. In 2012, Patrick launched a successful crowd funding campaign creating modular enclosures for Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and plans to launch more projects including smart clocks and gadgets built using rare, vintage LED displays from the 1970s and 80s.

18:40 - 19:00 Larissa Pschetz (Design Informatics)

Larissa Pschetz is an interaction designer and lecturer in Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. Using examples of projects produced by the design informatics team, she will be talking about how designers are being influenced by the maker movement and vice versa, finally discussing the role of IoT in sustaining this relationship.

19:00 - 19:20 Kelly Angood (Indiegogo)

Kelly is the Design, Technology + Hardware Manager at the largest global crowdfunding platform.

She helps hardware entrepreneurs and creators understanding the product development process, and she's passionate about revolutionising the way products are made by giving creators and makers access to capital. She wants to empower people to fund what matters to them, and make it possible for more people to make their dreams a reality.

19:20 - 19:40 Lorna Crawford (IBM BlueMix IoT Hosting)

Lorna has been with IBM for the last 17 years and currently manages the Software Business Partner Channel and Global Entrepreneurs for IBM in Scotland.

She supports Software resellers, independent software vendors and consultant integrators and enables them to maximise their returns. In the last 18 months she has been promoting IBM's Bluemix platform and Global Entrepreneur benefits to Tech Startups across Scotland. She also runs workshops on Project Management and Social Media for Non Profit organisations under IBM's give back programme 'On Demand Community.'

Presentation will give an overview of IBM's strategy in the IoT space and the availability of IBM programmes to support IoT and tech start up businesses.

19:40 - 20:00 Dr Benjaman Schogler (Skoog)

David Skulina and Ben Schogler, and their small team of creative-developers, have spent the last 4 years demonstrating their ‘music for everyone’ concept (in the shape of Skoog 1.0) in the world of education.

Tested, honed and developed internationally, Skoog 2 is the evolved result: a nifty, wireless, thing of beauty that everyone can play.

Ben will give an overview of their journey so far, including raising investment, manufacturing, crowdfunding and more...

20:00 - 20:20 Panel Discussion / Q&A

20:20 -20:30 Winning pitch / Product Forge Hackathon (Change Card)

20:30 - 21:00 NETWORKING & DRINKS

Topics: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, IntelGalileo, ARM Mbed, IBM BlueMix, Azure, SAM Labs, AWS, AdaFruit, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, AI, IntelEdison, Crowdfunding, Maker Revolution, 3D Printing, Laser cutters, CNC, Microcontroller-based kits, Drones, Machine Vision, OpenData, Smart City, Smart Cities, Machine Vision, Smart Home, Smart City, Big Data, Robotics.