Post By Simon Montford on December 11, 2017
As technology becomes ever more fundamental to citizens, societies and economies, Simon Montford, the founder of WEB3//IOT visited the After Money money symposium looking at issues from identity and privacy to decentralisation, autonomy and democracy itself. I recently attended a two-day event called After Money, which heralded the end of an 18-month research project of the same name, supported by the Economic and Social Research Council in collaboration with the Royal Bank of Scotland and the New Economics Foundation. It took place on the 20th and 21st of November at the City Arts Centre in Edinburgh and was organised by The Centre for Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh.
Post By Simon Montford on Sept 18, 2017
Once upon a time there was a substance called ether, also known as quintessence, that delighted and baffled medieval scientists for centuries. They postulated that it was a medium used by light to travel through the vacuum of space. It was also thought to be responsible for all kinds of other complex scientific phenomena. At the end of the 19th century, the scientific community collectively disavowed the notion, and concluded that it never existed. Ironic then that ether should, well, disappear into the ether.
Guest Post By Jacelyn Brown on March 14, 2017
It sounded like something from the National Enquirer: another attention-grabbing headline to put alongside sightings of Elvis on the moon, and alien reptiles in Buckingham Palace. Yet the recent Wikileaks report, stating that the CIA can use smart televisions to monitor us, created quite a media storm. In fact the revelation was covered extensively by media outlets across the world.
Guest By Waracle on March 7, 2017
Just getting your head around IoT (Internet of Things)? Open up, here comes IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) and the opportunities are as amazing as they are untapped. Despite both being brushed off as just the latest buzz words the proliferation of everyday devices made smart using embedded sensors that communicate over the internet such as Amazon Echo, Fitbit, Phillips Hue Light-bulbs and Nest are far from passing fads.
Posted By Simon Montford on November 24, 2016
The run up to the festive season is always a busy time for event organisers and delegates alike. Peak conference season means there are so many to choose from, but in order to get the best ROI it's vital to remain laser focused. This is primarily because there are not only financial costs that need to be accounted for, such as travel and accommodation, but also intangible ones. Everything from the amount of emotional energy expended (if you don't feel exhausted after a conference, you're not doing it right), to opportunity costs - time is (or should be) your most valuable asset. Here's a look back at some of the events I attended last month, that were definitely worth expending time and energy for!
Posted By Simon Montford on November 23, 2016
I attended TechExpo which took place at 155 Bishopsgate in London on the 24th and 25th October. The venue had a warm, sophisticated, and contemporary vibe and it was conveniently located within a few minutes' walk from Liverpool Street station. It featured four theatre-style rooms, and an open plan area where attendees could hang out and network. This area was also where the expo was located featuring several augmented and virtual reality demos, an assortment of booths, and a separate section dedicated to fintech startups.
Posted By Simon Montford on October 28, 2016
Last week I attended the 3rd annual Commercial UAV Show. I can't believe it's been a year since I covered the previous event, and wrote "There's no business like drone business". It took place on the 19th and 20th of October at ExCeL in London. The first thing I noticed was that the number of exhibitors and attendees appeared to be down compared to the previous year. I felt, however, that the quality of companies and delegates had increased. Last year l got the impression that many who attended were there out of curiosity. While milling around the expo floor, I came across an industry analysts with a remit to gather data and obtain market intelligence, an entrepreneur scoping out commercial opportunities, and an intern who had been dispatched on a fact-finding mission by her boss.
Guest post by Jakub Lubonski on October 13, 2016
I'm the CEO of a Polish technology company that has been intensively working for more than a year on creating the perfect bin, which can recognise, categorise, and sort trash as it is placed into it. The Bin-e is a response to the growing problem of segregation of garbage in places where waste is produced the most. According to recent statistics, every year Europeans produce over 213 million tons of garbage, of which only 30% is recycled!
Posted By Simon Montford on July 20, 2016
France is home to some seriously dynamic IoT tech startups. Two of the most well-known examples are SigFox, the LPWA network technology pioneer (the Gallic startup raised France’s biggest VC round ever of $115M), and ride sharing trailblazer BlaBlaCar. Other examples include Lima, D-Vine, Invoxia, Parrot, Withings (acquired by Nokia), Sen.se, and my personal favourite Aldebaran Robotics (acquired by SoftBank); maker of some of the cutest humanoids on the planet - I met Pepper at IoTTechExpo, and Nao on the IBM Watson stand at MWC.
Guest post by Raph Crouan on July 13, 2016
We announced the ten startups that will join the first cohort of our Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices program. A diverse range of startups working on an Internet of Things (IoT) device - from security, to intelligent horse monitoring technology and smart manufacturing - were selected to take part in the accelerator program.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 15, 2016
The Europas is an annual conference and awards ceremony for technology startups. The event was organised and hosted by technology journalist Mike Butcher MBE, and took place yesterday (June 14) in London, at The Grand Hall at Old Billingsgate. As tech conferences go, it was a reasonably relaxed affair, with no VIP lists or sectioned off areas in order, to facilitate networking and knowledge transfer between attendees.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 9, 2016
One of the coolest things to come out of CES in Vegas this year was a life-size drone that's capable of flying passengers autonomously in the air for up to 20 minutes. The self-driving aerial vehicle is called the Ehang 184, and the company responsible for creating it has just been granted clearance for takeoff in order to test it over the skies of Nevada.
Posted By Simon Montford on June 7, 2016
There are some fantastic events coming up later this month! Some of the highlights include IoT Tech Expo (Berlin), IoT Global Innovation Forum (Barcelona), and the Europas Conference and Awards (London). Unfortunately I can only attend one of them as they are taking place concurrently in three different major European cities. In the end I plumped for the Europas, because the founder and organiser, Mike Butcher, invited me well in advance. He also happens to be someone I've known for many years, and he kindly invited me to host a 20 minute panel titled "IOT: What Happens when Everything is Connected?", which was an offer I simply couldn't refuse!
Guest post By Ben Butchart on May 25, 2016
A briefly trending item on Hacker News this week caught my attention: “Announcing Akasha - a next generation social network.” Yep. Know what you’re thinking. Yawn, but what actually came next blew me away, “Powered by the Ethereum World Computer, embedded into the InterPlanetary File System.” That was enough for me. I’m in. Where do I sign?
Posted By Paul Bradley on May 23, 2016
It’s just the beginning for 5G. Yet if you look at the already extensive amount of media comment on the subject, it’s obvious that the industry has a clear idea of the services that it hopes 5G will support, in Massive IoT and in other sectors. What’s less certain is just how the technology will develop - indeed standardisation activities are just commencing.
Posted By Michael Navarrete on May 20, 2016
The following is an excerpt from a whitepaper that was published by iris Concise, the management consulting arm of iris Worldwide, a global creative agency. The full report, "IoT and the Payments Industry - Driving Value within the context of Customer Experience" can be viewed and downloaded here. A great deal has been written about the Internet of Things (IoT) over the past several years winning the attention of executives, technologists, and futurists alike.
Posted By Simon Montford on May 18, 2016
I watched the two-hour Google I/O 2016 address so you don't have to. If you missed it and have two hours to spare feel free to click on the Youtube video (below). If you don't have time, or just can't be bothered, then here's an overview of everything that was announced, plus a bunch of screen shots as a picture is worth a thousand words, or so they say.
Guest post By Alasdair Allan on May 18, 2016
Developing a workable business model for the consumer IoT isn’t just important - it’s urgent. Right now most internet of things devices being sold to consumers have the same architecture, at least on the surface. There is a thing, an app that controls the thing, and a cloud service at the back of both the app and the thing. The business model behind them is also similar, consumers make a one time purchase of the thing itself, but don’t pay an ongoing subscription to support the cloud services that make the thing "smart."
As an official media partner, WEB3//IOT was delighted that the third edition of India M2M + IoT Forum 2016 ran smoothly. The event was held on Friday, 22 April 2016 and Saturday, 23 April 2016 at C-DOT Campus, New Delhi, India, and was attended by many of India's IoT "movers and shakers". Over the two-day event, the forum presented an incisive agenda that covered topics across the entire M2M + IoT Eco-System. Attendees heard talks by representatives from key government agencies, C-Level Executives, and founders of innovative start-ups. Everyone in attendance had one combined goal; revolutionise the M2M and IoT sector in India and beyond.
Guest post By Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino on May 16, 2016
Back in January I gave a webinar on what to think about when you’re considering quitting your day job and starting an IoT product. Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices is aimed at companies that are a little further down the road but if you’re thinking of applying to an incubator at the end of the year and want to get going, here’s what I think you should consider in light of my experience building the Good Night Lamp. (Please note some of these examples are UK-centric but similar services may be available to you locally.)
Guest post By Raph Crouan on May 15, 2016
Back in March I launched the Startupbootcamp IoT | Connected Devices accelerator in London, and since then we’ve been working hard to find and meet the best IoT hardware startups across the world. This search has taken us to a number of cities already, including Stockholm, Taipei, Berlin, and most recently a visit to Bangalore.
Posted By Simon Montford on April 1, 2016
It is generally considered that the IoT is a good thing. This is because it will make cities cleaner and more efficient, add trillions of dollars to the global economy by increasing productivity, and comes with the promise of making our lives longer, healthier, and happier. That's the good news, but as the number of devices connected to the Internet increases, so too will the risks associated with security breaches.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 21, 2016
If you don't have time, or can't be bothered, here are the highlights. Apple announced a new 4-inch iPhone SE and 9.7-inch iPad Pro. The smaller device contains the same 64-bit A9 processor as the iPhone 6 and 6S. It'll be available in four colours, and incorporate a 12-megapixel camera. It will cost around £360 for the 16GB model, and £440 for the 64GB model.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 16, 2016
Day two of the Wearable Technology Show was just as enjoyable as day one. The highlight of the second day was meeting the exhibitors (see photos and videos below), and attending talks in the IoT Keynote Theatre. Saverio Romeo (Principal Analyst at Beecham Research) talked about "The Current Status of the Internet of Things Vision". I wasn't exactly sure what his talk was going to be about, but I was intrigued by the word "vision", which appeared to have been tacked onto the end, which caused me to speculate. Was he going to give us a kind of "State of the Nation" type address containing lashings of stats about market adoption etc, or was he going to dish out something completely different?
Posted By Simon Montford on March 15, 2016
Today I attended day one of the Wearable Technology Show at ExCel, London. This is the third consecutive year I have been to the event, so it was interesting to see how the show has grown in stature over the past few years. Back in 2014, the show's debut took place at London Olympia, and was a far more modest affair. It was, however an exciting time, as back then the major players were conspicuously absent; it was almost exclusively attended by a passionate bunch of wearable tech pioneers, and a few plucky little startups. Since the arrival of major players such as Sony, Samsung et al the whole shebang has become a larger, more polished production.
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