April Newsletter

Lots going on in this month’s community newsletter. One thing to highlight first is that we have a showcase of work for our next meetup. Think of it as a trade show setup but less formal and a great way to get feedback. We do this twice a year only so really worth attending if you can. If you have a project/prototype you’d like to show, just fill in the form on the meetup page.

#apply

Metavallon Accelerator (Deadline April 27th)

Four month program with €22K of pre-seed funding for winners and €200K worth of services. More details.

 

#helpthem

The Inventor Centre

Tom Rafferty is looking for feedback from before they launch their KS campaign. Help them out!

 

#attend

Iot & Your Business at the British Computing Society (Tomorrow)

Talks by Duncan Purves of 2Insight Ltd and Paul Green of Iotics Labs. More details.

 

Intel IOT Roadshow (May 14th)

Includes access to a dev kit for the day. More details.

 

Internet of Business Events (all year)

Events across Europe around manufacturing, retail, insurance and the technical challenges of #iot. More details.

 

#localstartups

Check out Pacif-i, the smart baby pacifier which is now shipping!

 

March Newsletter

#apply

Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices (Deadline June 13th)

A three month program in London starting on September 5th for consumer and industrial #iot startups. Teams get €15K. (Disclaimer: I’ll be mentor in residence!) More details.

Bosch Venture Forum (Deadline April 6th)

For #iot cloud application companies , apply to get a chance to meet decision-makers at the Bosch Venture Forum on 28 and 29 June 2016 in Stuttgart. More details.

50/50 Challenge (Deadline March 18th)

If you have a woman co-founder in your tech startup, apply for a day of access to mentorship and exposure to investors in their Newcastle event on April 4th. More details.

HWtrek Asia Innovation Tour (Deadline March 31st)

Apply visit Shenzen & Beijing supply chain and manufacturing partners on April 25-29th. More details.

IOT M2M Council Call for White Papers (Deadline April 22nd)

The IoT M2M Council is offering £1K, a seat on the IMC’s Connected Leadership Committee and free access to their events in London & Vegas for selected white papers sharing your experience of deploying an #iot solution More details.

 

#events

Smart IOT London (April 12-13th)

More details.

OpenTRV & Things Network workshop (March 21st)

Hosted by the Digital Catapult and includes LoRa enabled sensors. Buy tickets.

 

#startups

Cubetto, an education toy for kids based in East London is on Kickstarter

 

2nd February newsletter

#help

IOT Developer Survey (Deadline March 25th)

Resin.io (our sponsor!), together with the Eclipse Foundation and IEEE have published an IoT Developer Survey. Help them out!

#events

Dott IOT Design Processes Workshop, March 1st

I’m helping Dries at Dott Studio run a little session on #iot design processes, we’re looking for 2 other startups to join us. More details.

Bosch ConnectedExperience, Berlin, March 8-9th

Yes still banging on about this because I’m co-curating this and it’s going to be amazing. You should come. More details.

Retail IOT Pitstop, Brighton (Deadline Feb 26th)

If you’re an #iot startup in retail the Digital Catapult in Brighton has an event for you. More details.

#listen

Webcast: Privacy, Society and the IoT

Gilad Rosner (@giladrosner) put out a podcast about #iot and security for O’Reilly this week. Listen to it. He also wrote an article about the topic.

#crowdfunding

Filisia who are helping people with disabilities are on Crowdcube

MotorTalk (US) are smart and more effecient industrial motors and are on Kickstarter.

 

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 🙂 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 22ndMore 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 “The Worshipful Company of …….”.    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)

€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

 

London’s Connected Living Room

In October, we were very pleased to be hosted by City Hall who have offered us London’s Living Room. We showcased the best of local consumer #iot companies hoping to attract the GLA’s partners’ attention. #iot products and startups still struggle to find access to finance in this great city, so this is an exciting opportunity.

Companies present that evening:

Education

BBC micro:bit

SamLabs started by young graduates from Imperial College

Primo Toys

 

Smart business

Moo NFC cards, the latest product from this East London success story.

Provenance

 

Smart home products

Ding , who was just awarded £50K by the Design Council as a Spark finalist.

BleepBleeps

Trackener

Kemuri

Blue Maestro

Sherlock by One Fine Stay

Flood Network

nCube

 

Smart play experiences

I Can Make

Fabulous Beasts

Hackaball, started by Made by Many

 

Other

iotUK

 

Thanks to our friends Pypr for the video.