For IoTLiverpool #41 we have Carwyn Edwards of North Wales Tech with us!
The backstory is that a local social enterprise company which runs projects based on EU LEADER funding last year launched a "Digital Playground" on Glynllifon College Farm. For that project they placed a number of sensors around the farm grounds (slurry pit, gates, vaccine fridge, etc.) with a hope of getting the agricultural students interested in AgriTech.
The Year of IoT is a continuation of this work, but this time engaging the existing 700 member North Wales Tech community as well as individuals and organisations in various industry sectors: agriculture, tourism, social care, local authority and buildings management.
The same social enterprise company in partnership with M-SParc, the University's science park have partnered with North Wales Tech to run a year long series of workshops and open access meetups to further raise awareness and try and get some prototypes out in the field to meet some of the use cases discovered in the various sectors. The #YoIoT !
In real terms we have a pile of IoT equipment that will be available for use at the workshops throughout the year and we are coordinating bringing in individuals from the various sectors of interest to explain some of the use cases they would like to address, effectively introducing the various communities to each other.
By June we will have had some of the setting the scene workshops and started to flag up some use cases that we can have a look at. Actual devices and solutions will be a bit further down the road though.
What Carwyn will be talking about is the concept, the motivation and where we are so far. I can also comment on some of the equipment we've sourced for the workshops and some of the use cases.
Live Streaming -
We will be live-streaming and recording this event as a part of our commitment to @MakeSpaceLive - connecting #Innovators and #Makers with an Open Video Streaming platform.
** Please let us know if you don't want to appear on the streams! **
Beer 'n' Pizza -
If THAT isn’t enough to entice you, there will even be time for some FREE beers, pizza and networking! We look forward to seeing you there!
(We do pay for the beer and pizza out of our own pockets so there will be a "pay as you feel" box which you are welcome to contribute to should you wish to help us cover costs!)
*** Spaces are limited so please RSVP quickly to ensure attendance! ***
MCQN Ltd (http://mcqn.com) and Dynamic Devices Ltd (http://www.dynamicdevices.co.uk) are sponsoring the pizza and refreshments from 6:30pm, with the event starting at 7(ish)
6:30 - 7:00: Networking & Nibbles
7:00 - 9:00: Carwyn Edwards, The Year of IoT
9:00 - 9:30: Mingling until the beer runs out!