By Sophie Curtis on February 14, 2015
From smart factories to wearable fitness devices, from the connected home to air pollution monitoring, from future retail to re-envisioning urban parking, discover how the internet of things will impact your life, workplace and business.
After the success of the San Francisco edition, the RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit is coming to London. 200+ leading technologists, entrepreneurs, influential businesses and innovators will come together at ETC Venues St Paul’s, London, on 12-13 March 2015, to discuss the opportunities of the latest Internet of Things (IoT) trends.
In San Francisco, the Internet of Things Summit featured speakers from Google[x], Jawbone, Voltera, Atlas Wearables, 3D Robotics, Siemens, Electrozyme, General Electric and more. The Internet of Things Summit in London looks to showcase similarly distinguished experts leading the IoT revolution.
As well as discussing the latest technological advancements in connectivity, data management, software development and industry standards, the summit will explore practical applications of IOT across sectors including manufacturing, retail, healthcare, transport and future cities. The explosion of M2M devices and unprecedented level of data created is providing a unique opportunity to look at how this rapidly advancing technology can make a difference across society and business to solve real problems.
Key themes to be discussed at the summit include:
Paul Clarke, Director of Technology at Ocado, says:
“When viewed far out at sea, a tsunami can be mistaken for a ripple. However once they hit land, not only do they rise up and engulf everything before them but unlike a normal wave, they keep on coming. Two massive technology tsunamis are heading our way – the Internet of Things and Smart Machines. Their collision with each other and us, is going to generate huge new opportunities in areas as diverse as healthcare, entertainment, disaster management, smart appliances, smart homes and smart cities.”
Speakers at the summit include:
Christian Nold, Researcher, UCL
Christian Nold is a designer and academic researcher from London, who invents participatory technologies for local areas and grassroots groups, which respond to socio-technical issues. Christian will discuss “Sensing the Smart City”, a snapshot of a long-term ethnography of participatory environmental sensing technologies. Through this research, the Internet of Things emerges as never finished and in a continuous process of being re-designed and re-used by a broad range of stakeholders.
Hugh Knowles, Director, Internet of Things Academy
Hugh Knowles uses futures intelligence to help organisations develop new ideas and encourage entrepreneurs to experiment with sustainability challenges. His recent projects include FutureScapes which looks at how technology can help people lead more sustainable lives with Sony Europe, and he has recently launched the Internet of Things Academy (IoTA) – a platform to help people create change with the data they create. The IoTA platform was built to inspire a revolution in open connectivity, devices and sensors to shape the world around us, on the belief that the IoT shouldn’t be limited to big data, smart cities and a select few having access to enormous piles of incomprehensible datasets.
Jonathan Steel, CEO & Co-Founder, Change London
40,000 people a year in the UK die prematurely because of poor air quality - nearly 10 times as many as die on the roads - and it costs our economy more than £20bn. Why is it not higher up everyone's agenda? Change London is a non-profit that believes it should be, and is creating a nationwide network of air-quality monitors in the UK to better inform the public and policy-makers alike. The company’s largest current project is AirSensaTM - the most detailed air quality monitoring sensor and data platform in the world. As CEO and co-Founder at Change London, Jonathan has created a new model of technology-enabled not-for-profit organisation, which is helping to improve health, liveability, and economic outcomes for urban centres - primarily in London but increasingly in other cities. At the Internet of Things Summit, Jonathan discuss the many technology, financing, and political hurdles in delivering the project, and how they overcame them, breaking some of the key IoT/Smart City 'rules' along the way.
Kate Unsworth, Founder & CEO, Kovert Designs
In a world where we're used to being constantly connected, there's been a recent backlash against the 'always on' mentality, and the wifi generation are now beginning to re-assess the role that technology plays in their lives. Many are opting to disconnect from technology in order to reconnect with themselves, but is this really practical in such a connected world? Is it possible to remain connected to the digital world whilst also remaining connected with yourself? Where do we draw the line?
In 2013, Kate Unsworth founded Kovert Designs, a ‘New Age’ Design House based in London and Stockholm. The company’s mission is to find new and creative ways of using technology to improve your lifestyle, empowering you to be the best version of yourself. A big believer in the power of real human connection, Kate calls for smarter ways of integrating technology into our lives, so as not to allow it to distract us from our core purpose, or make us lose touch with ourselves or our surroundings. One of the ways in which Kovert does this is by integrating technology into our lives in a more seamless way, meaning we can get back to real life, and focus on the stuff that really matters.
Sarah Campbell, Founder & Creative
Director, SenseLab London
With neoteric concepts for elevators that tweet, intelligent cars and responsive buildings, Sarah Campbell designs award-winning products for that enhance interaction between people, things and the environment. She founded SenseLab to accommodate a recent demand for digital interventions into reshaping city spaces and buildings. Outcomes engage user-centred thinking, emerging technology and smart materials to bridge digital and physical spaces. At SenseLab they believe the building itself is the interface to facilitate change, but only if designed to be engaging and rewarding for people.
Benjamin Males, Co-Founder, Studio XO
Benjamin Males operates in the interdisciplinary grey area between science and art, with experience in mechanical engineering, nuclear reactor technology, design and architecture. By combining this advanced understanding of the physical world with the sensibility of product design, Benjamin has quickly become a leading figure in the ‘hybrid design’ community. In a digital society where over 7billion mobile devices are owned and human interactions occur in the digital, Studio XO have developed a platform to make our intelligent technology more emotional. Benjamin’s presentation at the Internet Things Summit will involve demonstrations of the XOX sensor on himself and the attendees.
Tamara Giltsoff, VP of Business Development, Product Health
Product Health believe that products able to pass data about themselves have the potential to extend product lifetime, reduce material waste and offer access to products as a service. Connected, intelligent products challenge the ‘make, sell and dispose’ business model, which depends on features warfare, one-off physical sales and designed obsolescence. Intelligent products instead allow a continuous and intimate connection to a customer via the product and the potential for on-going service revenues. Tamara Giltsoff will demonstrate this concept at the summit, using case studies including work in the off-grid solar and battery sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, in her presentation ‘Intelligent Products & a Circular Economy’.
The Internet of Things Summit will explore how IoT technologies will affect the future of the global community, and the challenges we face by integrating them. Learn from experts in the wearables, sensors, smart textiles, big data, open data, connectivity, energy infrastructure and M2M. Future-proof your business.
For more information and to register, please visit the event website here. Join the conversation with #IoT2015.