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.

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.​ 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)

​See 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 – Apparatus 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

 

August newsletter

#events

Smart Oxford Challenge (Deadline Aug 7th)

A day of helping anyone with a digital or #iot idea that would apply to Oxford. You pitch it to press and city officials at the end of the day. (I’m helping organise this). See details.

Solid Amsterdam (Oct 28th)

Technology publishers O’Reilly are bringing their Hardware, Software and IOT event to Europe. Use code IOTLDN20 to get 20% off best price before 6 Aug. See details.

#community

iot.uk

Simon Blacker has just started an online discussion board/community for people interested in #iot. Monthly prizes for contributing and you can win an Arduino Yun or Raspberry Pi for posting. See details.

#fun

Demo space at the meetup

I announced last month that I’d love to see people bring their hacks to showcase at the meetup on Sherlock/One Fine Stay’s big tables. So to kick that off, I have 2 copies of Designing Connected Products to give away to the best hacks at the September meetup. Have a think!

IOT Suitcase

I’ve decided to collect not only a bookcase of #iot books but as many samples of products from the community as possible in a large suitcase I can send to conferences who want to showcase the community. See details

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.

June Newsletter

We’ve created a little form you can now fill in when you want to appear on this newsletter. http://iot.london/submit/

#events

  • Smart Things Live @ WeWork (June 17th) A hands-on workshop focusing on home automation with code, Artik developer kit demonstrations. More details
  • Rethinking the Smart City from the ground up @ Nesta (June 18th) Evening event with 2 panel sessions. More details.
  • Digital Mission for Makers in China (June 17-23rd) You need to pay your flights & accomodation for the trip but I’m told it’s quite cheap atm. Apply now. 
  • Critical Wearable Research Lab (June 29th) at the London College of Fashion. Daytime event which sounds great. Demonstrations of real devices, firestarter presentations, group work and discussions. More details

 

#reading

  • The founders of Web of Things are writing a book.

 

#meetups

  • The Hardware Club Meetup (June 10th) Their first event is on investment More details.

 

#competition

  • Makers against Drought with Samsung  (deadline Septemper 2nd). An online hackathon. More details.
  • EIT ICT Labs Ideas Challenge (deadline July 6th) Apply now

 

#jobs

  • Don’t forget to check out our job board and post up your job searches or offers!

 

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!