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Programme

Another great year for the IoT Forum...

Day 1 – Wednesday 11th March 2015

8:00

Registration

A chance to sign in, badge up, and get ready for the rest of the day.

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.

Speaker

10:10

Ones to watch – showcase session no 1

Five minute pitches from some of the most exciting new companies in the Internet of Things today.

10:40

Coffee Break

A chance to caffeine up and get to know some of your fellow delegates

11:10

Dodging the UX traps: common problems that can derail your design

 Getting design right in IoT products is critical. And difficult. Claire Rowland looks at why that should be, how to align hardware design, UX and APIs and some UX prototyping approaches to help you check you are on the right path, with or without hardware.

Speaker

12:30

Lunchtime

Lunch… Break. Refuel. Chat. Form partnerships and take over the world.

14:00

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?  Alex 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.

Speaker

15.20

Coffee Break (Number Two)

The final break of the day, the last chance of day one to speak over a sensible beverage.

16:20

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.

Speaker

16:50

IoT or magic: should customers be able to tell the difference?

Technology and magic are often compared but magic is amazing and threatening to people in equal measures. So should the IoT look like magic to customers or not?

Moderator

17:20

Wrap Up

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

Day 2 – Thursday 12th March 2015

8:00

Registration

A chance to sign in, badge up, and get ready for the rest of the day.

9:10

From startup to Apple: How IoT ecosystems develop

Finding the right partners are critical to scaling your business. Hugo Fiennes, has seen it from both sides as a customer of Apple and a supplier at Electric Imp. Here he talks about the lessons he learnt with Apple to find the right partners for Electric Imp.

Speaker

10:20

Ones to watch – showcase session no 3

Presentations from some of the most interesting emerging companies in the IoT

10:40

Coffee Break

A chance to caffeine up and get to know some of your fellow delegates

11:10

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.

 

Speaker

12:30

Lunchtime

Lunch… Break. Refuel. Chat. Form partnerships and take over the world.

TBC

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.

Speaker

15.20

Coffee Break (Number Two)

The final break of the day, the last chance of day one to speak over a sensible beverage.

TBC

Ones to watch – showcase session no 4

The last set of presentations from some of the most exciting emerging companies in the IoT

16:20

IoT ecosystem: 4 people you need in your address book

Any IoT founder is going to need skills and resources outside his team – manufacturing, funding, distribution. Who are the partners you should be looking for to build a great business? Who should be in your address book?

Speaker

16:50

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?

Speaker

17:20

Wrap Up

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