Open Internet of Things Definition (5 years later)

Join us on June 16th 2017 in London between 9am-6pm to revisit our Open Internet of Things Definition of 2012. It’s five years later and we want to explore how things have changed. In collaboration with Fox Williams we’ll be spending the day shaping the framework for a certification mark which industry and companies can sign up to.




This event is graciously hosted by The London Zoo, Garden Room & the Bartlett Room. Thanks to Alasdair Davies.



9:00-9:15 Introductions by Usman Haque, Founder of Thingful

9:15-10:00 Keynote plenary.

Stefan Ferber, Vice President for Engineering at Bosch Software Innovations

Gérald Santucci, Adviser for “Cross-cutting Policy / Research Issues” in DG CONNECT at European Commission


10:00-13:00 Setting the context (Unconference format)

Any attendee can sign themselves up to speak for a maximum of 30 minutes (including Q&A time) about a theme. There are four themes running concurrently: The Body, The Home, The City, The Planet making it a total of 15 sessions attendees can choose from. A group scribe will capture any key principles of learnings from each theme which we will carry to the afternoon.

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30 Working Groups

Attendees can join working groups made up of four themes that apply across the themes explored in the morning. Suggestions based on our 2012 are as follows (this may change on the day):

  • Privacy/permissions/entitlement
  • Licensing
  • Tools
  • Access/Time

These groups will work on extrapolating principles which companies should sign up to when registering their product/service for the certification mark. Here again a theme scribe will capture final thoughts from each group to bring back to the Group editing session

There will be coffee/biscuits available all afternoon so we’re able to work without a formal break, but attendees are encouraged to butterfly around the different working groups.

16:00 Group editing of minimum standards and principles  for the certification mark

All attendees come together to collaboratively lay down the foundations for the certification mark’s minimum standards and principles. We will also ask attendees who would like to be founding members and support organisations for the administrative body which will manage the mark to come together and establish a schedule of work.

18:00 End of event and move to dinner nearby together.



Tickets limited to 160. It’s the same price as 5 years ago and will cover food and venue costs for the day. No refunds offered.


Why a certification mark?

We think there are a lot of conversations in the industry right now that need to be crystalised into action and minimum standards which every internet of things company can sign up to and share with their customers. Security, data privacy, and minimum service standards all apply in different ways depending on the application space but we think there are overlaps which we’d like to explore during the day.

This will also mean spending the day establishing an organisation or certification body responsible for updating the standard, testing and enforcing the use of the mark moving forward.

We’re inviting the community to work together collaboratively on framing the mark, is mission and the body which will manage it moving forward.


About this event

This event is a non for profit event organised by Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (@iotwatch), Usman Haque (@uah).