BLN IoT Forum Programme. #IoT15

All you need to know about how IoT will bring innovation to your businesses and all the people that can help make it happen.

Programme

Two days: Case Studies, Company Pitches. Insights. Investors, Partners. Networking. IoT in a Box.

Day 1 – Wednesday 11th March 2015

8:00

Registration

Tea, Coffee, Chat.

9:00

Welcome

Adminitrivia. What to do in the event of nuclear war breaking out. What to expect in the next two days.

9:10

7 Numbers You Need to Know About the IoT

The world is awash with numbers about the IoT and IoT markets. Which are the ones that tell the most interesting stories? And which are the ones that you need to watch as you build your business? Matt Hatton picks his favourites.

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9:40

Ones to Watch Showcase

  • AudioWings
  • Resin.io
  • Privitar
  • Product Health

10:00

Coffee & Tea Break

Grab a coffee and the demonstrations in the networking area

10:30

Reasons to be Cheerful / Reasons to be Fearful

If you are starting an IoT business in 2015 what are your chances? Will being in the UK be an advantage?  Alexandra Deschamps Sonsino looks at the prospects for Internet of Things startups, what will work in their favour and what will be the challenges for the coming year.

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11:00

Solving Hard Real World Problems with IoT

Vorsprung durch IoT

Andy will show how BMW, Daimler and VW are using connected devices to control tools and monitor processes in real time to drive efficiency and reliability in their car production lines.

How Connectivity is Unlocking the Promise of the Internet of Things

Arqiva is now building a national low-power, low-cost IoT network using proven SIGFOX technology. The network is already operational in 10 of the UK’s largest cities. Using the network – companies are already running trials with low power connected devices and services. Simon will discuss some of the case studies of applications the SIGFOX network has surfaced e.g. connected alarms, social care in the home, smart parking and waste management.

World-Class Technical Operations & Maintenance With Augmented Reality and IoT

Alexandr will show how SOF has addressed modern facilities management issues with Internet of Things and Augmented Reality solutions. IoT is being used to create a dynamic, self-managed data repository, optimize processes and information availability with continuous updates on equipment status, records and more. He will show the applications in action at Cantine Antinori and at VEGA2 EXPO Venice Pavilion.

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11:45

Lessons for the IoT from 8 World Championships

McLaren are one of the most successful teams in Formula One history, with 12 drivers’ championships and 8 constructors’ championships.Caroline Hargrove will talk about how this success has influenced many IoT markets – not just connected cars but also medical devices and wearables.

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12:10

Lunchtime

Lunch… Break. Refuel. Food. Chat. See the demonstrations.

13:30

Smart City, Smart Ecosystem: Why Should Entrepreneurs be Interested in Smart Cities?

Despite the hype about Smart Cities, many IoT startups find this sector daunting, thinking smart city applications are complex, hard to sell and require intensive support. Rick Robinson thinks this is a myth and in this talk he will look at the current state of Smart Cities and where some of the most interesting challenges lie.

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14:00

Ones to Watch Showcase

  • Intamac Systems
  • Wirepas
  • Restack

14:30

Security & the IoT | How to Build Security Into Your IoT

Though the potential of the IoT is vast, adoption can easily be curtailed by security worries. No company wants their products to be a victim of a hack, yet many do not appear to consider security as a primary driver of design decisions. This presentation will look at IoT security and describe what product designers – regardless of platform – need to be aware of if they want to build a secure and successful device.

IoT security encompasses requirements that are new for many product designers – such as provisioning, authentication, OTA upgrades and link encryption – and weaknesses in any one could potentially be used to compromise the security of the end product. From physical attacks to analysis of communications channels, there are many possible attack vectors that need to be considered.

From hacked routers to refrigerators sending spam email, there have been a lot of scary news stories about Internet of Things (IoT) security, or lack of it. According to the 2014 Hewlett-Packard Internet of Things Research Study, 70% of Internet connected devices they surveyed didn’t even use encrypted network connections. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently weighed in on the issue too, releasing a report that outlines potential IoT security risks, ranging from unauthorized access and misuse of personal information, to facilitation of attacks on other systems and risks to personal safety.

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15:00

Coffee Break (Number Two)

The final break of the day, the last chance to see the exhibits.

15:40

The Story of Hive: How to Get IoT in the Hands of 150k Customers

British Gas have been one of the most longstanding supporters of IoT and smart home technology. But how you build and manage an effective ‘start up’ team within a huge corporation? And what does it take to get hardware into the hands of 150k consumers

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16:10

Business Models for the IoT

Nigel will talk about some of the real world business model innovation that the IoT enables.

Stream Technologies and its IoT-X platform is building a ‘Unified Access Connectivity Environment‘ for IoT and as such is well-placed to disrupt traditional IoT business models as connectivity extends beyond cellular to satellite, Low Power Radio and WiFi.

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16:30

A Smart Energy Powered, Smart Energy Talk

Smart energy has been a lead application for industrial IoT going way beyond smart grid homes and connected vehicles. Andy Stanford Clark harnesses some futuristic energy tech to look at what has happens, how it affects other IoT and what’s next.

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17:10

Day One Wrap Up

The end of the day, hopefully much the wiser, and full of ideas for your business. Now… to the pub!

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Day 2 – Thursday 12th March 2015

8:00

Registration

Tea, Coffee, Chat.

9:00

Welcome

Adminitrivia. What to do in the event of nuclear war breaking out. What to expect in the next two days.

9:10

From Founder to Exit: Scaling an IoT Business

Rick shares his experiences in building Thingworx – one of the first application platforms for the connected world – from a small team to $112 million exit. When you’re growing a company rapidly what chances and what stays the same?

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9:40

Investor Discussion

Industry investors explain their investment strategies and where they see the opportunities in IoT.

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10:10

Coffee Break

Grab a coffee and the demonstrations in the networking area

10:50

Effective Design for Connected Products

Designing for connected products is different. To create a great connected product, industrial design, software UX and system design need to be considered in collaboration. Teams must think creatively to design elegant solutions around the limited capabilities of embedded devices.

Effective prototyping is key, but there are lots of possible methods. Choosing the right ones is a question of purpose – what you need to learn – and the effort required to develop it. Techniques like video sketching or enactment, not commonly used in software UX design, can be especially well suited to developing IoT user experiences.

In this talk, Martin will draw on his experience in both product and digital design to present ways in which teams can work together effectively and choose the right design methods to prototype the product experience.

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11:20

Ones to Watch Showcase

  • GRASP.io
  • Mio Global
  • Cocoon

11:40

The 5 Ecosystem Partners You Need To Build A Successful IoT Business

Building an IoT solution is a complex affair – bringing together different personas from different functional areas at different layers of the solution to build hardware, connectivity, firmware, backend/cloud services, apps etc – and that is just the building part! Then there is mass production/manufacturing, distribution/channel and monetization. Obviously, you must rely on a variety of partners to put together a successful IoT business – but who are they? In this session, Phani discusses the IoT ecosystem and the key role different partners play to help you build a successful business.

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12:10

Lunchtime

Lunch… Break. Refuel. Food. Chat. See the demonstrations.

13:45

ARM and the Open Internet of Things

Simon will show how connected devices and platforms are already making the IoT a reality as well as offering some tantalising glimpses into the near future of IoT devices.

14:15

Missing Links in IoT

Eating the IoT Elephant

Pilgrim will share his experiences as a serial entrepreneur in the Internet of Things (Founded AlertMe in 2006, just sold to British Gas for $100 million) and 1248.io where he came to realise that there are so many challenges in building the infrastructure, platforms, services, products and connected objects in the Internet of Things that in fact, the real opportunities come from doing a small piece of the puzzle extremely well.

Making Legacy Data Work With Real Time Data

Michael will discuss some of the issues and challenges around Big Data. It is all very well building Big Data friendly databases to manage the tidal wave of real-time data that the IoT inevitably creates but this must also be incorporated into legacy data to deliver actionable insight.

Water Water Everywhere…

Richard will show how a low power sensor network built on a national IoT network is being used to manage water supply. He will consider some of the engineering and business problems the solution has solved for the water company concerned.

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15:00

Coffee Break Number Two – Meetup of Meetups

Opening up IoT Forum to a Meetup of Meetups.

IoT Meetup members join the IoT Forum to participate in the final sessions. Final chance to see the exhibits.

15:30

Ones to Watch Showcase

  • PurrMetrix
  • PhotonStar LED
  • OpenSensors

15:50

Bootstrapping a £3 Million IoT Business

When Concirrus was founded it was easy to raise funding for IoT ideas but the founders made a conscious decision to ignore offers and concentrate on building a business funded by customers. What did they learn along the way in the two years from startup to profitable growth?

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16:10

Meetup of Meetups

We are bringing together some of the best IoT Meetup Groups across Europe to discuss the state of grass roots IoT and how Meetup Groups can work together more closely. This session will take place as a Closed Round Table separate from the main conference but afterwards, the Conference will be open to Meetup Members. Join us to hear the thoughts of the participants in the Round Table and learn about some of the best IoT Meetup activities across Europe.

Short talks from some of the leaders of IoT meetup groups and accelerators across Europe. What is going one where and what opportunities are there to collaborate more closely together?

  • IoT London Meetup
  • IoT Cambridge Meetup
  • IoT Thames Valley Meetup
  • Audience Q&A

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16:50

Provocations: Short talks from people that want to work with your IoT ideas

Short talks from people that want to work with your IoT ideas.

  • Dan will offer a short overview of the Future Digital Programme and will look at some of the ways that we can collaborate to build a better connected urban environment. Bring him your crazy ideas, the ones that can show how you can help to build a better city.
  • Jonathan will discuss Nwave, the technology provider for Milton Keynes IoT network and the MK:Smart initiative. These projects use Nwave’s IoT network platform to deploy smart city applications, from smart parking and smart bins, to home care and environmental sensing. What is the technology, how does the project work and how can SMEs and developers take part?
  • Azita will talk about some of the projects that the Digital Catapult programme are involved in that offer opportunities to startups and SMEs to get involved.
  • Mark will describe how makers and doers in IoT can take advantage of the free Iotic platform, developed as a spin out from Arkessa, one of the most successful IoT focused companies in the UK.

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17:30

Day Two Wrap Up

The end of the conference, the beginning of the pub networking. The Mill. Mill Lane.

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