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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org More about nCube
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.
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.
We’ve created a little form you can now fill in when you want to appear on this newsletter. http://iot.london/submit/
- 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
- The founders of Web of Things are writing a book.
- The Hardware Club Meetup (June 10th) Their first event is on investment More details.
- Makers against Drought with Samsung (deadline Septemper 2nd). An online hackathon. More details.
- EIT ICT Labs Ideas Challenge (deadline July 6th) Apply now
- Don’t forget to check out our job board and post up your job searches or offers!
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.
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.
Welcome to 2015 and welcome to this site! This dedicated monthly meetup on the topic of the The Internet of Things is now 3 years old and needed to stretch its wings across the internet.
For those of you new to the meetup, well it was started in September 2011 by Cosm (formerly Pachube, now Xively). In November 2011, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino was asked by Ed Borden, Cosm evangelist at the time, to curate this meetup.
Resin.io and Sherlock by One Fine Stay took over as sponsors in late 2014.
The format is simple: three speakers are selected every month to talk for 10 minutes each followed by 10 minutes of Q&A. Attendees then get an hour to network and enjoy drinks & nibbles. We then move to a nearby pub.
The meetup is open to anyone interested in connected objects, environments, buildings, behaviours and more. The field is very new and every meetup tries to cover different aspects of the industry so it’s useful to come by often to hear about different perspectives. All you need is to sign up on meetup.com and come along. It’s free and very friendly and usually takes place on a Tuesday at the end-ish of every month.
Twice a year (in summer and for Christmas), we hold showcase events where we invite startups to show off their work in a trade-show like environment.
There’s also a newsletter that is published with community news which will be shared on this blog.
If you’d like to speak, get in touch with Alexandra by emailing her at alex at iot dot london with “Speaking at #iotlondon” in the subject line.
See you at the meetup!