Is it Time to Think Differently About the Internet of Things?

We've all heard the statistics about the impending hyperconnected world with up to 25 billion (or more) connected devices in our world by 2050. What does that really mean? Are we ready for this digital shift? Do we want it? What is the benefit of having physical objects connected to the internet and other devices? More, importantly, how will people be connected? How will this new connected era revolutionise transport, healthcare, energy and manufacturing? What about the ethical challenges, design implications and hardware advancements of IoT? What are the bigger issues at stake?At the RE.WORK Connect Summit in San Francisco on 12-13 November we're bringing together engineers, designers, industry and founders to find out what the current world of sensors and connected devices looks like, and what they are trying to change, and more importantly should change and improve in our lives. Sessions will include:

  • Connected Ecologies in our Urban Environments with Newsha Ghaeli, Senseable City Laboratory, MIT;
  • User Experience for Predictive Machine Learning in the Consumer IoT with Mike Kuniavsky, Principal Scientist at PARC;
  • Beyond Supply and Demand: Making The Invisible Hand Visible with James Crawford, Founder of Orbital Insight.

View a summary of the previous IoT Summit here. Prices increase after 2 October! Book now to avoid diappointment.

New Speakers Confirmed for the Deep Learning Summit in London!

Recently confirmed speakers at the Deep Learning Summit taking place in London on 24-25 September include:

Last few tickets available. View the full agenda and book your place to join the event in London on 24-25 September here.

Artificial Intelligence Startup Looking for Investment?

Are you an early-stage startup working on cutting-edge technology and looking for investment? Join our startup & investor speed-mentoring session at the Future Tech and Deep Learning Summits in London on Friday 25th September.  Confirmed participants include PlayFair Capital, Capital Enterprise, Qualcomm Ventures, L Marks, White Star Capital, Octopus Investments, Frontline Ventures and more. Limited spaces available. Apply here!

Spotlight on Connected Core Services in Smart Cities

As global Smart Cities flourish, Bigbelly is transforming one of the least efficient core services – public waste collection. It’s not the only innovation expanding connected street furniture like payphones, trash cans, park benches, etc. beyond initial design purposes to support the growing momentum toward Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) initiatives. Many of these initiatives will shape the cities of tomorrow. They are grounded in monitoring, and data collection and analysis, which can be used by multiple agencies and the private sector. Kevin Menice, VP of Engineering at Bigbelly, recently presented at RE.WORK Internet of Things Summit in Boston, and had an opportunity to share insight into the ways in which connected street furniture can expand beyond initial design purposes. We sat down with Kevin to ask a few questions. Q: What are the key factors that have enabled advancements in IoT?IoT is the next stage of the information revolution, and its success is driven by the inter-connectivity of everything. The application of IoT is virtually limitless, restricted today only by network architecture and data storage capacity.

When it comes to urban innovation, enabling technologies will make cities smart. The growth of technologies like wireless networks and applications that promote cloud-based services and IoT, the proliferation of smartphones, and the adoption of sensors and RFIDs networked together are all presenting new ways to communicate and collaborate.

Q: What industries do you think will be disrupted by IoT in the future?IoT adoption is central to the success of several ‘smart’ categories – including city, enterprise, environment, home, and consumers. The characteristics of the IoT products and solutions in these categories vary significantly but their primary goals are similar – using big data and connectivity to generate a level of knowledge and insight previously unavailable. That knowledge creates new services, approaches, and solutions that positively affect and improve every day happenings. Technology’s role in making today’s cities and towns smarter communities is impressive, and innovations help cities respond quickly to residents, visitors, local workers, and businesses.Read the full interview here.

Other News not to be Missed!

  • Delving into Deep Learning with NVIDIA
  • Applied Neuroscience: A Revolution in Brain Health
  • Interview with Andrew Hudson-Smith: From Smart Data to Smart Cities