February Newsletter

#workshops

Sigfox Makers Tour (Feb 16th)

Join Sigfox at FabLab London near bank station for a 4h developer workshop. You’ll learn more about what the Sigfox network is and will start hacking yourself using an arduino-compatible dev kit. Spaces are limited.¬†More details.

#conferences

Bosch ConnectedExperience (March 8-9th) in Berlin

An opportunity to hear talks about #iot at all levels, from making on offs to millions, hack challenges around industrial #iot and confidential clinics by Bosch staff from all across the business. PS I’m helping organise it ūüôā¬†More details.

M2M with the Blockchain (March 17th)

More details.

#exhibityourwork

WCIT Tech Careers Showcase (March 15th)

The Worshipful Society of Information Technologists who hosted us back in December are looking for #edtech #iot companies¬†to inspire year 9’s on our WCIT Tech Careers stand at Guildhall. If you’re interested, reach out to¬†david.barker@techcentre.com.

#startupsofthemonth

Support these two local startups!

Fabulous Beasts a digital and physical game are on Kickstarter.

BuffaloGrid who bring connectivity and power to rural areas are on Crowdcube.

January Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone!

So we’ve got the death of Bowie, a tube strike looming and Dry January. But that doesn’t mean that the world of #iot stops! Some news from the community.

#apply

5050Tech Challenge (Feb 8th)

Organised by Martha Lane Fox’s Doteveryone, if you’ve got at least one woman co-founder, apply¬†for mentorship and an opportunity to pitch to motivated investors. Apply by Jan 22nd.¬†More details

Build a Country Challenge – Smart Home Focus (Apply by Feb 5th)

EntrepreneurCountry Global is hosting a Build a Country Challenge around The Future of the Smart Home. The Winner will be announced at the EntrepreneurCountry Forum on March 7th and will receive £250,000 of capital investment. More details.

#attend

Learn IoT with the Best webinar (Jan 16th)

A whole day of talks by various experts (including me!) and Q&As. Use discount code: IOTLONDON More details.

Monkigras 2016 / Homebrew: Turning Side Projects into Communities, Products and Companies (Jan 28th-29th)

Community members get 15% discount with the promocode iotlondon. More details.

The Internet of Retail (Feb 9th-10th)

Organised by Vinelake who are speaking at the next meetup, they are looking for speakers and possible exhibitors! More details.

Insurance IoT Europe (June 7th-8th)

150 insurers will get together to talk about how to thrive in a connected world as digital and big data collide. More details.

 

 

Interview with Liz Thrussell, freeman at The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

Almost a year ago I had lunch with Liz Thrussell a freeman at¬†the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, our hosts in tomorrow’s showcase event. They were keen to make sure young #iot startups were put in touch with the fantastic network of the livery company. I asked her a few questions:

What is a livery company?

The 110 livery companies in the City of London represent the traditional guilds in the City such as Goldsmiths, Apothecaries,¬† Ironmongers, Mercers, etc. dating back to the 12th¬†Century.¬† They are commonly known as ‚ÄúThe Worshipful Company of ‚Ķ‚Ķ.‚ÄĚ.¬† ¬†¬†The liveries¬†play a significant part in City life, not least by providing charitable-giving and networking opportunities.

What does the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists do?

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) is the 100th livery company in the City of London.  Our four main pillars are Charity, Education, Industry and Fellowship.  We support charities, run events and contribute to the advancement in information and communications technology.

How do you support startups in the technology sector?

We have mentoring programmes, pro-bono support and the Entrepreneurship Panel supports early stage IT companies. ¬†We’ll present this briefly at the London Capital Club tomorrow!

 

Hope you’ll join us tomorrow!

 

November Newsletter (second edition)

#attend

Bosch ConnectedExperience (Berlin, March 8-9th)

A conference track, 30mn clinics for startups with Bosch staff, hack challenges with new #iot tech & tools and more. (Disclaimer: I’m helping organise)¬†More details.

IMC IOT M2M Council Annual General Meeting (London, Dec 3-4th)

A network of over 13K members working in #iot. Check out the agenda and RSVP for free entry (limited numbers) at events@iotm2mcouncil.org

#apply

Design Council Spark (Deadline December 14th)

A 20-week product innovation fund and fast-track support programme with initial investment of £15k, and the chance to pitch for a share of £150k. More details

#help

Chessmates

Pierre from our community has a short survey he’s like to circulate as he’s in the early stages of developing a connected game.¬†Help him out!

We turn 4 tonight and I’m very proud but we can always do better and I’d really like to hear from the art and design community more often. I’d also love to feature more women and younger/student speakers.

If this rocks your boat, please drop me a line at alex@iot.london

And remember if you’d like to be RT, tweet us at @iotlondon and if you’d like to feature in this newsletter, fill in iot.london/submit

 

November Newsletter

#competitions

EDF Pulse (Deadline Dec 6th)

‚ā¨100K prize if you’re developing a smart home, e-health and low carbon city project.¬†Apply.

#theywantyoureyeballs

Open Sensors are asking people working on #iot prototypes and products to fill in a little survey.

#events

Hardware manufacturing workshop by HWtrek & Startupbootcamp (Nov 26th)

The workshop will address questions that every hardware creator encounters during the product development process. You will also have a chance to get personal feedback from our mentors on your project. More details.

MakyuThon (Dec 4th)

A weekend of making hosted by Mayku at Makerversity. Space, materials and tools provided, just bring your ideas, get excited and make great stuff. More details.

IOT Tech Expo (Feb 10-11 2016)

Multi-track event including Smart Cities, Connected Living, Wearables, Developing for the Internet of Things, Connected Health, Connected Industry and Data & Security. More details.

#oncrowdfundingnow

Some of our friends are fundraising at the minute so show them some love and back them!

#far&away

Wearable World Labs Accelerator, San Francisco (Dec 15th) More details

 

October Newsletter

Special announcement for the next meetup (got to keep you on your toes!)!

We’re being hosted by¬†City Hall¬†who have generously invited us to showcase the latest London-based consumer #iot startups at¬†London’s Living Room.¬†This means that if you’re interested in attending, you’ll have to grab a hold of one of the few¬†free tickets¬†available to the meetup.

This is a tradeshow-like evening in this beautiful location where our sponsors will treat you to drinks and nibbles!

If you’ve got something you’d like to showcase, drop me a line at alex@iot.london

Now on with the usual announcements.

#events

Internet of Things World Europe (Oct 5-7) Berlin

100+ industry talks and over 50 exhibitors. Their agenda covers smart home, enterprise IoT & industrial internet, healthcare and wearables, supply chain, transport and logistics, connected cars, smart buildings & energy efficiency, energy and utilities and smart cities. More details.

Data Natives (Nov 19th-20th) Berlin

Dataconomy are offering 5 tickets at 50% (promo code:¬†DNALEXANDRADS)¬†(Warning: I’m speaking there!)

Big Data Week (Nov 25th)

Big data players from retail, media, IoT, advertising, and gaming are coming together for one week full of events. More details.

IOT Slam 2015, a Virtual Conference (Dec 9th)

Call for papers is open! Submit a session proposal before October 7th. More details.

#hackdays

Allianz IoT Connected Life Challenge (Oct 10th)

Hosted by Allianz Worldwide Partners & BeMyApp this event invites developers to build a ready-to-use IoT product, that will become the leading insurance or assistance app of tomorrow.‚Ä謆More details.

#longread

Critical Wearables Research Lab

The results are in from this junk-hacking exercise exploring issues that aren’t considered in the usual wearables narratives. Storify Outcomes Reflection

#accelerator

JD+ Program Spice

For companies who have shipped a few thousand units, if you’re interested in entering China’s market and retail ecology.¬†More details.

#startups

The nice people at The Things Network are building a LoraWAN network across Europe and looking for UK partners to help.

nCube are running a survey on smart home tech knowledge & opinions and would love your input. Free stuff to win too.

September Newsletter

New Sponsor!

As the monthly meetup grows and the beer runs out more quickly, we’re proud to have¬†Zuhlke¬†become our food sponsor! We’re very grateful to them,¬†Sherlock by One Fine Stay¬†and¬†Resin.io¬†for supporting us through our fourth year!

Please remember that from the next meetup on we’ll keep tables for demos for the early birds and the best will get prizes from O’Reilly UK!

1248 survey

Our friends at 1248 in Cambridge are trying to understand the challenges in deploying connected devices.  (£100 random prize). Fill it in.

Startup bootcamp #iot & data Fast track (28th Sept)

A one day events where startups learn about the program and make short company introductions and receive feedback from industry-expert mentors and the Startupbootcamp team. Apply here.

Connected Health (18th Sept)

Newest innovations in the Mobile, wearable and IoT sector and how it can improve Healthcare. Contact robin.thompson@health-tech-innovation-labs.com for a 50% discount on the tickets. More details.

OvertheAir (25-26th Sept)

An excellent conference about mobile and more that’s been running for a few years. Highly Recommended.¬†More details.

IOT Shifts (Spain, Oct 19-20)

Exploring the intersections between startup innovation ecosystems and corporates moving into Customer and Industrial IoT. More details

Modhack 2015 (27-28th Sept)

Crazy prize for best novel web search POC. Powerful new tools provided, tons of support and fully catered! More details.

Strategy & Tech Talk

An evening of talking about the societal impact of big data More details.

 

August Newsletter (2nd edition)

#events

Show me the prototype: Hardware Demo Night (Sept 3rd)

A night of hardware demos, free drinks, pizzas and networking at Google Campus. See details.

Cassandra Summit (Sep 22-24th, Santa Clara)

‚ÄčSee¬†Agenda¬†and¬†Registration

TECHtoberfest (Oct 2nd)

An Oktoberfest party dedicated exclusively to the London tech scene. Book tickets.

 

#apply

Pitch@Palace (Aug 28th deadline)

Prince Andrew is hosting an event for #iot startups at Buckingham Palace.  See details.

 

#jobs

Intel is looking for an #iot researcher in London. To start in October. See details

 

#nicepeople

Our friend Dave Chatting is exhibiting his #iot research project Family Rituals 2.0 РApparatus for Domestic Ritual at the London Design Festival. Check it out.

LimiFrog an ultra-compact prototyping of smart objects is coming to Kickstarter soon. LimiFrog.io

 

July Newsletter

#apply
Smart Oxford Challenge (Aug 7th deadline)
I’m helping Nominet with this one day event on September 18th to help selected #smartcities or #iot startups who are looking for that extra bit of help and want to meet and pitch to Oxford City Council.¬†More details.

#betatesting
Help out nCube!
nCube is looking for people who have at least three devices using z-wave ( LIFX, Philips Hue, Nest, Netatmo, Sonos) to trial their nCube hub for free (no installation included) If you’re interested, get in touch with Philip at philip.steele@ncubehome.com More about nCube 

#read
Designing Connected Products is out now
Claire Rowland and Martin Charlier (this month’s speakers) have just published their book on UX for connected products.¬†Check out discounts on their website.

#sponsorship
As the meetup grows more and more hungry, I’m looking for food sponsors! If you’re interested, drop me an email at alex at designswarm dot com with “IOT London Food Sponsor” in the subject line.

Feb News

We had a lovely 40th meetup last month with our speakers mostly talking about what was new with Bluetooth Low Energy, how to tell if your toddler has a fever using a smart pacifier and Resin (our sponsor)’s¬†new product launch. The next meetup is on Feb 17th¬†but let’s not even discuss the waiting list.

In other news, we won an award! Our friend Trevor Harwood who has been curating Postscapes for a few years gave us the Editor’s Choice award for Partner & Ecosystem Builder. Very kind of him. It’s an excellent resource, have a look.

iotlondon_iotawards

In London, I attended Seedhack as a judge last weekend. This was the first #iot focused event that Seedcamp have put on and 19 ideas were presented. My favorite was a way to get a daily reading from¬†your water meter using Bluetooth Low Energy. As you walk past the meter (often hidden a few feet underground) a ping would be created so that the battery could last for a long time and you get a daily reading at least. As water companies don’t all provide smart or accessible meters, I think this really has legs.

Kevin Ashton is in town¬†next Monday night to promote his new book on Invention & Creativity. If you don’t know who that is, well he CAME UP WITH INTERNET OF THINGS as a term. I’ll take my copy of the book along, hoping he’ll sign it (squeeeee).

Finally, the map I’ve put up of startups in #iot in the UK & Europe works for real! Thomas shared this with us today.

iot.london_startups

 

Happy Monday!