• IoT Meetup #41 - Carwyn Edwards, It's the Year of IoT!

    DoES Liverpool @ The Tapestry

    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!

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  • IoT Meetup #40 - John Tuersley, Vodafone Open Labs: Why use NB-IoT LPWA?

    DoES Liverpool @ The Tapestry

    NB: It’s John Tuersley “The NB in NB-IoT doesn’t stand for ‘Note Well’ but maybe it should,” according to John Tuersley from Vodafone, who we are delighted to say is our guest speaker at May’s IoT Liverpool Event. John is uniquely qualified to talk about this as he is the Global Manager for Vodafone’s Open Labs, where customers, partners and vendors can test their applications, devices and chip sets in a secure, live environment. In short, the Open Labs are where businesses go to get their NB-IoT stuff working. More than that, the Open Labs promote an environment for developers to develop & test new IoT solutions. Obviously, NB-IoT is part of that process. With the UK rollout of the LPWA network (Narrowband-IoT or NB-IoT) well underway, it’s up to John to get us up to speed on the opportunities this provides. That’s why he won’t just be talking about the technical aspects but will also be explaining the developing NB-IoT ecosystem in terms of chipsets, modules and devices. There’s more good news too in that the Liverpool area has already been upgraded to support NB-IoT and has very good coverage. So, now we’ve no excuse! 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 a fiver 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: John Tuersley - Why use NB-IoT LPWA? 9:00 - 9:30: Mingling until the beer runs out!

  • IoT Meetup #39 - How to build cutting edge robots and smart devices with ROS

    For our April meetup we are sooo excited to be talking about.... ROBOTS !!! Our guest speaker, Martí Morta, has worked in the field of robotics both in academia and industry. His main focus is mobile robotics, having developed with a wide range of technology, from 3D Lidar to four-wheeled mobile platforms, touching both hardware and software. Martí is one of the organisers of the meetup Bar-Robotics in Barcelona. On the IoT side of things, he created "ONNOW" a connected display, which was showcased at the first Liverpool Make Fest in 2015, and he has experimented with connected shot dispensers and connected LED lamps. Together with Martí we will discover the tools and architecture that the robotics framework "ROS" offers to control complex systems, We will also find out which affordable hardware we can use straight away with ROS and how to connect up to the web. Finally we'll have a look at the future with a brief introduction to ROS2 and the main differences between ROS2 vs ROS. 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 a fiver 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: Martí Morta - How to build cutting edge robots and smart devices with ROS 9:00 - 9:30: Mingling until the beer runs out!

  • IoT Meetup #36 - Taking Raspberry Pi into Industrial Settings

    DoES Liverpool @ The Tapestry

    This month we're talking about putting Raspberry Pis into the hostile environment of factories and industrial settings. Liverpool IoT manufacturer Brainboxes have just launched their "Industrial Controller powered by Pi" and are going to tell us what it can do, how they made it, and what the challenges were in releasing it. Brainboxes MD Luke Walsh talks about how they have addressed some of the obstacles of using Pi modules in industry and why its potential makes it worthwhile. 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 a fiver 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: Luke Walsh - Introducing Brainboxes Industrial Controller powered by Pi 9:00 - 9:30: Mingling until the beer runs out!

  • IoT Meetup 35: How do #games and #craft intersect with #IoT and #tech?

    DoES Liverpool @ The Tapestry

    This month we're deeply pleased to be able to host Gemma May Potter at our February IoT Liverpool event. Gemma May Potter is a participatory artist who embraces the use of accessible and non-intimidating materials in the development of innovative activities that combine both analogue and digital in the production of co-creative outcomes. Primarily working with museums and galleries, the core aim of Gemma’s work is to engage the public with making processes and connect them with heritage. Exploring the relationships between the analogue and the digital, her work often takes inspiration from textiles and embraces digital tools to engage audiences. This has included the game, Minecraft, which she has been using since 2014, running a range of workshops for young people. This developed into PatternCraft, a project that is a direct development of Gemma’s interest in textile, coding and participation. For DoES IoT, Gemma will give an overview of the tools and approaches in her work from participatory projects through to her current PhD research in which she is exploring the crossovers between gaming and traditional forms of craftsmanship. 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 a fiver 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: Gemma May Potter - How do #games and #craft intersect with #IoT and #tech 9:00 - 9:30: Mingling until the beer runs out!

  • IoT Meetup 34: Low-power wireless networking that works over miles, not metres!

    Happy New Year everybody! To kick off 2019 in the best possible fashion we are excited to annouce that we have Nic 'The Geek' Burkinshaw of Thinnovation Ltd to tell us all about the amazing work he is doing with low power wide area networking (LPWAN). As you know doubt are aware "last mile connectivity" to IoT devices, whether in the home, in the field, or in the factory, has long been a difficult and expensive problem to for embedded engineers to solve. Happily there are a number of new options available to us, one of which is the LoRa, a radio protocol used by "The Things Network", a secure and collaborative IoT network that spans across many countries around the globe. Some Background - Nic Burkinshaw, AKA ‘Nic The Geek’ has been involved in IT for more than 40 years. From working with paper-tape, TTL and UARTs, via 8-bit assembler and embedded linux to Software as a Service (SaaS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), he has maintained an insatiable thirst for knowledge and the need to take the back off any new piece of technology he can lay his hands on. IoT needs open-source, license-free, low-power networking that works over miles, not metres. Move your communications beyond WiFi, Bluetooth and cellular. Understand more about the RF technology on which LoRaWAN is based. Take a look at 2 homebrew and 1 commercial gateway and at least 6 different nodes. The success of any LoRaWAN deployment depends on link budget (more about that in the talk) and antennae as a key feature will be explained. Breakout Session - We're also planning to have a breakout session after Nic's spoken for discussion and sharing of our experiences with LPWAN... 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 a fiver 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: Nic Burkinshaw Low-power wireless networking that works over miles, not metres! Followed by group discussion on the challenges we face with LPWAN. 9:00 - 9:30: Mingling until the beer runs out!

  • IoT Meetup 32: Andy Stanford-Clark - "Innovation Begins at Home"

    DoES Liverpool @ The Tapestry

    We are hugely excited to announce that Andy Stanford-Clark is coming to speak at our next IoT Liverpool meetup in the new DoES Liverpool space in The Tapestry building! Andy is IBM UK and Ireland CTO, an IBM Distinguished Engineer, a Master Inventor and Member of the IBM Academy of Technology. Well known outside IBM, Andy is also a Fellow of the BCS and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle, Southampton and UEA (who he represented on Christmas University Challenge in 2015). In 1999, Stanford-Clark collaborated with Arlen Nipper to author the first version of the MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT). MQTT is a specialised protocol enabling telemetry or lightweight sensor and mobile systems to provide information to computer programs via a publish/subscribe mechanism. He has given a TEDx Talk on "Innovation Begins at Home" and is renowned for being an early pioneer of the Internet of Things and living in the "House that Tweets". Andy was most recently featured on BBC News using IoT and AI to keep animals warm in a zoo over winter in Hampshire Andy will take us on a tour of some of his exciting IoT projects, starting in the living lab he has created at his home on the Isle of Wight, including his electronic mousetraps. Via tweeting ferries and animatronic dinosaurs, we end up at Marwell zoo in Hampshire, controlling the heating in the animal houses. And 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! 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 talk starting at 7(ish) 6h00m - Doors open & setup 6h30m - Pizza 7h00m - Intro and housekeeping 7h05m - Innovation Begins At Home 7h50m - Networking until the beer runs out...

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  • IoT Meetup 31: Kx Systems to talk about time series databases for Big Data!

    In collaboration with LivLug, the Liverpool Linux User group we're pleased to announce the latest in our 2018 series of IoT Liverpool speakers - Kx Systems! Kx Systems are the founders of the world’s fastest time series database – kdb+ – as well as the ‘q’ query language it is written in. kdb+ is a high-performance, high-volume database designed as a solution to Big Data problems. kdb+ is widely adopted by financial institutions around the world, including the top ten global investment banks, however as a result in the explosion of big and the internet of things, Kx is now expanding its applicability into new verticals such IoT, Utilities, Telco, Retail, Space and Pharmaceutical industries. Perhaps you would be interested in our most recent work with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing or Airbus ! Come along and enjoy an evening spent listening to Kx engineers, data scientists and guest speakers discuss all the above and so much more! Everybody from total newbies to q "Gods" are welcome! And 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! 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 talk starting at 7(ish) 6h00m - Doors open & setup 6h30m - Pizza 7h00m - Intro and housekeeping 7h05m - Time Series Databases 7h30m - Networking until the beer runs out... For more details on the Kx mission see: https://kx.com

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  • Internet of Things Meetup 30: Laura Pullig on visual art, sensors & e-textiles!

    We're pleased as punch to announce our first IoT Liverpool meetup of 2018... with Laura Pullig joining us !! Laura is a visual artist working with new media and electronics. She uses sculpture and experimentation with simple electronic circuits, often using analogue technology to visualise the interactions of living systems. Laura works with e-textiles and is particularly interested in making sensors for use in her artworks. She will talk about recent projects including a project with Manchester University exploring how patients with musculoskeletal conditions could non-verbally communicate pain which resulted in three e-textile interfaces. A Plant synth kit which allows the user to build a simple synth which can be attached to leaves and plants to make weird sounds. And ‘Flock’, a temporary installation of wind responsive illuminating windsocks exhibited in Blackpool. 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 talk starting at 7(ish) 6h00m - Doors open 6h30m - Pizza 7h00m - Intro and housekeeping 7h05m - Visual Art meets Sensors and e-textiles 7h30m - Networking until the beer runs out... For more of Laura's awesome work see her site here: https://tactile-electronics.tumblr.com

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