August Newsletter

#iotlondonChristmasFaire

Yes, I said it. Christmas. I’d like to organise a Faire for our startups who sell things to people (I ran an #iot pop-up space a few years ago and it was fun) on the weekend of Dec 15-17th and I’m looking for a host! Get in touch at alex@iot.london

#attend

Things Happening, September 4th

A meetup of the UK Things Network community and a chance to meet their founder! More details.

ThingMonk, Sept 11-13th

Use iotlondon as a discount code for 20% off the ticket or if you’re quick enough use IOTLONDON17 for a free ticket! (only 2 available). You can also go for free if you qualify for their diversity scholarshipMore details.

Go Global Singapore, Sept 20-24th

A 4 day mission to network with Singaporean businesses. More details. 

IOT Solutions World Congress, Barcelona, 3-5 October

Discount codes for UK companies valid until Aug 31st: Congress Pass 50% off: 9EC7EEE4 – Free Exhibition Area Pass: 0DE235DB More details.

#betatest

Klevio are looking for beta testers who will get a free installation of the device. Sign up on the website. 

#participate

Britta, a researcher from UCL is doing some research on dementia and #iot and wants to interview people. She’ll be doing a table demo at the next meetup, but get in touch now!

#jobs

Trackener are looking for a firmware developer & electronics engineer. Apply!

July Newsletter

Next Tuesday is our last meetup of the summer and will feature some awesome table demos from Central St Martin students thanks to Mark Simpkins. We’ll hear from Nominet, Sony and I’ll give you an update on the #iot certification mark.  Hope you’ll join us! Now for what’s happening!

#attend

Hardware Pioneers (Aug 10th)

Talks by Microchip, Cypress and Koobe/Foxconn. More details.

 

Hardware Academy (September 9th)

Nordic Semiconductor workshop on Bluetooth 5. More details.

 

Thingmonk (Sept 11-13th)

A lovely conference organised by Redmonk. More details. 

 

#apply

Intel Hacks (deadline July 28th)

Submit an #iot idea using the Arduino 101 and win up to $10K. More details.

 

OrganiCity (deadline Aug 31st)

Win up to €60K to co-create your digital solutions to urban challenges. More details.

 

#read

The Technical Foundations of IoT

A very comprehensive 480-page text book. It’s like “How stuff works” for those wanting to understand IoT solutions from the ground up. Written by community members Boris Adryan, Paul Fremantle and Dominik Obermaier. More details.

 

#takepart

IoT in the home codesign session (August)

Michael Kann is interested in working with designers and developers working with the IoT and related technologies, especially those developing IoT for the domestic space. The codesign session will look at the role of the IoT in the domestic space, aiming to develop products that are more suited to the home by using design tools and methods developed through his PhD at the RCA. Email him at Michael.kann@network.rca.ac.uk.

 

#crowdfund

Primo Toys and Beasts of Balance are both on Kickstarter. Support our local startups!

 

June Newsletter

#attend

RIOT Berlin (June 8th, Berlin)

10 free tickets to the community. Just email nia at riot dot berlin. More details.

IOT Secured by BSI Kitemark workshop (June 13th)

A consulting event. More details.

Internet of Things World Europe (London, June 13-15th)

Lots going on here and it’s run by really nice people. A conference pass will get you free visitor tickets and access to selected theatres and the exhibition floor. More details.

**Open IOT Certification Mark** (June 16th)

Our very own event very kindly hosted by the London Zoo thanks to Shuttleworth Foundation fellow Alasdair Davies. We’ll be hearing from Bosch Software Innovations’s Stefan Ferber and Gérald Santucci long-time digital advisor for the European Commission and we’ll have an unconference track and work groups. A full day. Join us to get involved in what the mark will cover and help us manage it! Buy your ticket now!

‘How to avoid blandular fever’ with Robot Mascot (June 22nd)

An agency-run workshop to help founders and teams refine their pitch to investors. More details.

Mobile UX London (June 29th)

An event focusing on Designing for Alexa & #iot. More details.

 

#apply

Tech Data Hack (June 16-17th)

A 2 day hackathon along the theme of building interactive guides using 3D renders, images, dhtml or java. The winner is flown to Washington D.C. to show their idea at Microsoft Inspire 2017. More details.

Startupbootcamp IoT (deadline July 31st)

I was a mentor last year on this program, it’s a lot of fun. Share with your startup friends and come to London this autumn! More details.

 

#othermeetups

Thames Valley (June 7th)

Cambridge Industrial IOT User Group (new!)

 

#reading

The nice people at Ericsson invited me to see their work on #iot in Nice and I wrote about it. Enjoy!

 

Ericsson’s #iot work at TMFLive

I’ve been spending the last two weeks hanging out with telco and wifi people. First at Atmosphere 2017, a yearly conference organised by Aruba who offer corporate wifi networks to large enterprise clients. Last week I was visiting Ericsson IT at TMFLive, an event for the telco industry in Nice.

I’m a product designer first and foremost and it’s been eye opening to see what people think IOT means in an infrastructure context. For them, broadly, it’s all data and usage. There is no distinction between a kettle and a lamp connected to the internet, it’s all data they have to manage, offer dashboards for, help their customers (large scale manufacturers of those ‘things’ to manage at scale, to help them identify it on the network and control if something goes wrong).

While speaking to Any Puhakainen a security expert at Ericsson, we got to the crux of what makes #iot not just a ‘thing’ and why I’m always uncomfortable with people writing off #iot as just ‘data’.

She showed me some of Ericsson’s dashboard (see below) for device security management and with some nicely laid out tools to figure out what happened to a particular device and what the impact of a breach might be. This all depended ultimately on the device being identifiable by Ericsson (this camera, this model, this year of make, this capability) and its ‘expected’ behaviour to be something they are able to get ‘out of the box’.

This implies that a manufacturer would disclose to the network what the ‘normal’ behaviour of use of their device might be. This is interesting as it then depends on the device. For a kettle, is it supposed to be turned on every hour? Or is 10 times an hour too much? Depends on the context, office or home. Who is supposed to tell the manufacturer this so that they are able to disclose this to the network or anyone else? Someone, somewhere along the chain needs to own this to make security possible at all presumably. If it’s the end user/customer/human that makes them the first line of support for their own usage which seems a little wonky when you think of how much companies spend on their IT and security teams. I know we’re in a DIY economy, but when it’s a heart rate monitor someone has to man up and say they’ll be responsible for the performance of the device and its data. So who owns this problem?

I had a further conversation with Karan Budhiraja at Ericsson, who is working on network slicing tools. We had a good conversation on SLAs and information management across telco partners. I’ve built the Good Night Lamp with 2G and an MVNO as a partner. It got me thinking about the contractual challenges of offering a connected heart rate monitor, which relies on a GSM connection. What if you buy a product like that in the UK, take the Eurostar and the connectivity drops in the tunnel and you have a heart failure. By the time you reemmerge out the other end, will the UK emergency services be called? The French one? How would they know who you are? Will it simply be down to whoever is a doctor in the train or can you already know that?

Lots of challenges and lots of opportunities, especially when it comes to billing a customer for all this as a telco. I chatted with Mireille Harvey at Ericsson who shared some thoughts on how dynamic billing is a new challenge. Do you charge per sensor reading, per insight or per transaction. We discussed how Ericsson’s foray into an agricultural showcase showed them some of the challenges of dealing with that sector, looking for cities to provide tools for groups of farming cooperatives instead of targeting directly cash strapped farmers.

If you’re interested in more, there’s now an interview of Ericsson’s CTO Ulf Edwaldsson that was captured during the event.

All in all, lots of food for thought for me and our upcoming #iot certification event on June 16th at the London Zoo!

May Newsletter

It’s spring kindof at last, maybe, and it’s conference season so I’m writing this on a Eurostar train back from Aruba Atmosphere EMEA 2017 where #iot is on every single slide. Fascinating how quickly the opportunities and challenges are being embraced or discussed. Now for what’s on this month!

#attend

Big Data, Data Mining and Machine Learning at BCS (May 10th-11th)

Event led by Dr Malcolm Sherrington author of a book on “Mastering Julia”. More details.

Global IOT DevFest (June 2-3)

An online conference where you can ask questions to Intel, Microsoft, Google folks.More details.

Hardware Pioneers (June 8th)

Talks by Honeywell, Mouser and Analog Devices. More details.

From an open #iot definition to a certification mark (June 16th)

Usman Haque (former founder of Pachube who kicked off these meetups back in 2011) and I are organising this, you should come along. More details.

Global AI Hackathon at Campus London (June 23rd-25th)

They are looking for sponsors too. More details. Register.

#checkthemout

Check out the Amazon Echo for your health Sens by Vie.

See you next week for our Tuesday meetup with speakers Klevio, Resin.io, Samsung and Mobicycle!

 

April Newsletter

 #attend

Hardware Scaling by RPD & Plexal (April 24th)

The event will focus on how to take hardware products from early stages of development through to design for manufacture (DFM) and manufacturing. More details.

Hardware Pioneers (May 4th)

Talks by Kickstarter, Seymourpowell, Special Projects and Morrama. More details.

Apply to be video interviewed the event  and get your product’s story featured on Mouser’s channels. Apply.

#apply

GovStart Program (April 27th)

Working on a product targeted at a government client? Apply for this new support program. More details.

Amazon Alexa Skills Challenge (May 9th)

Build a new voice-activated skill for Alexa and win a chance to prizes totaling $40,000. More details.

#listen

IoT Privacy and Regulation

Dr.Gilad Rosner gave a great talk at UC Berkeley about this. Listen.

#invest

Peeka are raising a seed round of investment. Check them out.

 

 

Second March Newsletter

Spring is coming and so are the #iot events in the UK! (At least enough for a second newsletter as promised).

#apply

CapGemini IoT & AI Showcase (March 28th, Glasgow)

The nice people at CapGemini who supported our showcase event last autumn are organising one for #iot and AI in a couple of weeks. It’s free, just apply to showcase your ideas, product or prototype. More details. 

Access to Funding event (March 30th)

Organised by #iot accelerator Central Research Lab in West London, this includes a pitch session where you can win £2K. More details.

#attend

Maker Connections (March 16th)

A new meetup also organised by Central Research Lab in West London. More details

Intel IoT Enterprise Programme – Technical Workshop (March 30th)

Organised by Hardware Academy, a one-day, hands-on workshop where Intel and Microsoft walk you through the basic architecture of a commercial #iot network. More details

Hardware Pioneers (April 6th)

Talks by IBM, Microsoft and ThingWorx. More details.

#buy

‘Wiring the #iot’ is a book coming out in August written by some of our community members. Pre-order it!

 

March Newsletter

 

We’re organising our spring bi-yearly showcase this time hosted by the IET on April 25th. We’ll be showcasing #iot projects, prototypes and products we haven’t shown before, so do consider applying, it’s free!

#attend

Hardware Pioneers (March 8th)

Speakers include Raspberry Pi, RS Components and Silicon Labs. More details.

 

Resin.io spring hackathon (March 11th)

Hackathon with a focus on multi-device projects using resin.io. They are our sponsors and are lovely people! More details.

 

Bosch IoT Hackathon, Berlin (March 15-16th)

More details.

 

#random

nufood Experience (Tomorrow)

A five-course tasting menu featuring 3D printed culinary creations made by a kitchen robot. More details.

 

#jobs

Technical Content Lead, Engineering and Open Call at Resin.io

More details.

 

Hardware Engineer at sports wearable startup

More details.

 

#abroad

MIT IoT Bootcamp (May 29th-June 3rd)

An intense, week-long course where participants will be able to learn from MIT faculty and guest speakers, and participate in a hackathon open to the public. More details.

 

#backthem

Line-us robot (only 3 hours to go on their campaign) Back them

 

HereatCES: on the road to smart cities

I was invited to attend CES by the nice people at Here so I thought I’d write a little blogpost about what they are up to and what I thought.

First a little bit about them. here is a mapping company which is mostly owned by German automotive companies (Audi, BMW, Daimler) and recently sold a 10% stake to Navinfo, Tencent and GIC Private Limited and 15% to Intel. So it’s a company in transition in terms of its interest in the mapping space. It is clearly starting to invest in finding out exactly how maps and #iot can interact.

We (including Sayan who co-founded the Bangalore #iot meetup) were shown around 3-4 exhibits in their lovely 2 storey exhibit space right outside the Las Vegas Convention halls (so less crowded thank god).

The first exhibit reminded me of a Microsoft Surface or Reachable demo as it was using little units on top of a table-sized map to play with the different ‘city KPIs’ (which strangely included population level) and see how it may affect urban design decisions, upgrades in the system and general transportation decisions for city stakeholders. The data fuelling the maps was real time data that had been captured the year before and it was fun to see the extrapolated movements of the city. These changes were based on a report with projections from the city of Berlin. I think as a visualisation tool this is pretty nifty especially for city stakeholders, I can imagine them wanting to order one of these tables, but as a malleable piece of data gathering I suspect unless a city has a CTO, they won’t know how to feed this map with the right data. Population for eg. isn’t strictly predictable and may point to actions that have nothing to do with transport. The city may need to think about alternative transportation needs as older citizens lose their driving licenses in their 70s and hospitals start to engage with various ways of delivering services at home. Would the map highlight or help map this need? I’m not sure. Perhaps there is a demo version Here will invest in, some kind of SimCity way of looking at transportation as part of a broader ecosystem within the city. Showing the difference between bike, bus, delivery van and waste collection would be terrific and right now there’s no way to ‘feed’ that in unless the data is coming from a partner. That said Here is developing a developer platform which will be launched later today, so worth seeing who starts to play with what they have built.

The second showcase we were shown was the use of sensors inside cars to use computer vision and help map in real time parking lot availabilities for other drivers and also changes in the street signage and roadworks. We were shown the driver’s view as well as the ‘camera’s view’.
I’ve always been interested in construction sites as having an impact on roads, especially as a pedestrian who thankfully doesn’t have a disability. But if you’re in a wheelchair or blind and a road is suddenly obstructed overnight by new scaffolding how are you supposed to know unless the structure itself speaks to the ‘city’ and maps services like Here. Could a set of GPS units be helpful, when placed at the extremities of building scaffolding, in helping plan the anticipated change in travel for all citizens?

Lastly we were shown some Augmented Reality display which made me slightly queasy so I preferred meandering to the rest of the booth and looking at their future indoor mapping applications. I’m very interested in the edges of automation in a connected workplace so it was interesting to see that’s something Here are looking at.

There’s a lot there, so it’s worth rummaging around their site and having a look. They’ve got lots of offices around the world too and with the developer tools they’ve built and upcoming features, I’m sure they’ll want to talk to people from the London IOT Community. I’ll see how we can get them to come over and maybe run a workshop!

Late January Newsletter

It’s freezing in London so I’d like to think this newsletter is like a scone and warm cup of Earl Grey in your inbox. Esoteric I realise, but I’m recovering from the Startupbootcamp IoT Connected Devices Demo Day yesterday. So there.

#attend

Hardware Pioneers (Feb 8th)

Talks by Texas Instruments, Arrow and Leverage. More details.

Intel Entreprise Program (March 9th)

In collaboration with Hardware Academy these two workshops go through how to use the Intel IoT Platform. More details.

Open #iot definition 5 years later (June 16th)

Get your ticket now to the second edition of an event the community organise in 2012. More details.

 

#apply

InnovatorsRace50 (Deadline for first round in March)

CapGemini have a competition for startups in the #iot space among others. $50K equity-free funding. More details.

 

#helpthemout

If you’re working with designers or a design team, Giorgio wants to know how you work! Help him build a better online tool for product teams by filling in a little survey.

 

#crowdfunding

Aura, an indoor air quality product is on Prefundia