Post By Simon Montford on Dec 4 2018
On Friday 30th November I attended the VCT and EIS Investor Forum in London. The event enabled private investors to meet fund managers in person and learn how different VCT and EIS funds compare. The event featured an expo, cinema, exhibition space, and seminar room where talks and panel debates took place throughout the day. Attendees were given the opportunity to gain industry insights and understand what is going on more generally across the entire small-cap equity market landscape.
Post By Simon Montford on Nov 8, 2018
New innovations and striking developments in the field of AI have changed the face of technology in the 21st century. The high competency of this technology and near to zero fail rate has found it a strong beneficiary in highly specialised sectors such as defence. The ethics of autonomous warfare and defence will be one of the topics covered by AI and robotics experts during The World AI Show Amsterdam, a conference held by Trescon, that will take place on November 8, 2018 (use discount code "WAISA-WEBIO").
Post By James Butcher on Oct 27, 2018
As we arrive back in the UK following a hugely successful IoT Solutions World Congress event in Barcelona, I wanted to take a few minutes to reflect on the show but also pass on my thoughts on what has been a pretty busy first 3 months for me at IOTech. One of my first roles since joining IOTech as a Solutions Architect was to help put together the EdgeX Foundry Community Demonstrator in time for its first scheduled appearance at the Barcelona event.
Post By Ian Smith on Oct 23, 2018
The final day of the Open Source Summit & ELC + OpenIoT Summit Europe will take place in Edinburgh, UK tomorrow. If you can’t make it you can tune into the free livestream to catch all of the keynotes live, but you will need to visit their website and register to gain access. The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organisation enabling mass innovation through open source, announced the addition of 33 Silver members and 11 Associate members in the month of September.
Post By Simon Montford on Oct 18, 2018
The world’s most advanced security product for IoT devices was unveiled yesterday at the IoT Solutions World Congress. Developed by the UK company, Crypto Quantique, it has the capabilities required to become the foundational security product for every IoT device in the world. The foundational technology consists of the world’s first quantum driven secure chip (QDSC) on silicon which, when combined with cryptographic APIs, provides highly scalable, integratable, easy-to-implement and seamless end-to-end security for any connected device.
Post By Simon Montford on Sept 27, 2018
When I attended Digit’s FinTech event held in Edinburgh last week – another impeccably run conference – one of the main, consistent themes was the rise of challenger banks. What became obvious from the talks I listened to and the conversations I had with delegates was that a classic David and Goliath scenario is starting to play out. Not only are plucky fintech startups like Atom, Monzo and Revolut enticing affluent young customers away from traditional banks, but they are also managing to convert them into fiercely loyal advocates. This is an extraordinary feat when you consider how much is spent by incumbents on advertising and marketing.
Post By Simon Montford on June 14, 2018
Before I begin, it is vital that I make one thing very clear. By writing this piece, it is not my intention to judge or undermine event organisers. They must be congratulated for all their hard work, and it’s important to remember that conferences are a platform for innovation. They facilitate connections, inspire new thinking, and enable innovators to promote themselves and obtain much-needed visibility as a result of being given a forum to speak and exhibit. It's always a great pleasure to cover our favourite conferences, and include them in our 2018 Conference Directory. We consider it as our duty to support them, so keep up the good work!
Guest Post By Brian Baglow on May 22, 2018
Has the IoT era truly arrived? Is the industrial revolution 4.0 a reality? Our friends over at DIGIT spoke to Steve Aitken, the founder of Intelligent Plant, to find out more about the opportunities – and challenges facing industry as IoT evolves. The era of the Internet of Things (IoT) is upon us. The long-heralded promise of ‘machines talking to machines’ is already here.The growing availability of cheap sensors, ubiquity of cheap, reliable communications and the ability to process ever greater amounts of data is promising to revolutionise the way we live and work.
Post By Simon Montford on May 16, 2018
GEO Business 2018 will take place in London from 22-23 May, and WEB3//IOT will be there to cover the event. The organisers claim that it will be the largest geospatial show in the UK with around 3000 visitors from across the world expected to attend. The exhibition area will house over 200 exhibitors that will include Survey Solutions Scotland, Atkins, Bentley, Topcon, HM Land Registry, Leica Geosystems, Viametris, Trimble, Clicks and Links, Malcolm Hughes, Faro, Stonex, The Coal Authority, Bridgeway Consulting and many more.
Post By Simon Montford on May 11, 2018
The 3rd Annual Internet of Things Scotland Conference organised by Digit will take place in Edinburgh, United Kingdom on 30th May 2018. It will bring together technologists from industry, academia and government to explore the evolution of the Internet of Things. The programme will contextualise IoT within the current technology landscape, looking at key trends, industry permeation and real world progress - whilst also considering some of the key barriers to adoption.
Post By Simon Montford on April 12, 2018
automatica is the leading exhibition for Smart Automation and Robotics. The trade fair will take place in Munich from 19 – 22 June 2018, and products on display will range from components, robots and systems to entire production facilities. Mobile World Capital Barcelona will be present and will bring a number of outstanding international startups as part of their delegation to support the continuous global transformation of robotics and smart automation.
Post By Simon Montford on April 9, 2018
Artificial Intelligence, IoT, and Blockchain expert speakers from a range of industries will be arriving at the Olympia National, London on the 18-19th April, and Simon Montford will be attending all three expos on both days. The event organisers claim that they have already received over 12,000 attendee registrations, and with such a stellar speaker lineup this conference promises to be worth attending.
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.
Posted By Simon Montford on March 10, 2017
The Wearable Technology Show is Europe’s biggest event for wearables, AR/VR, and the Internet of Things. According to the organisers around 6,000 people attended the fourth incarnation of this esteemed event. Leading names across almost every aspect of connected technology were present to show their wares and share their insights. The Wearable Technology Show was co-located with the "AR, VR & MXR Show", and "IOT Connect".
Posted By Simon Montford on January 11, 2017
CES 2017 has drawn to a close for another year, so I have featured some of my highlights from the show that include robots, wearables, drones, smart home tech, smartphones and cars. In addition, gadgets announced at CES have been included on this month's featured products page. We don't usually feature them from major OEMs like Samsung, Nvidia, HTC, Huawei, and LG because most of the really cutting-edge innovations tend to come from independent makers and startups, but every January we make an exception.
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.
Posted By Simon Montford on September 12, 2016
Next week I will be moderating "Interface Evaluation: Selecting the Optimum Interface for Smart Home Control" at the IoT Smart Summit, at 2.40-3.20pm on 21st September, with guest panellists: Diego Oliva (Founder, Glue), Joacim Westlund (CEO, FLIC), Kyrre Wathne (CTO, Viva Labs), Sam Woodward (Customer Education Leader, Lutron), Ricco Borring Winther (Director of Sales, Z-Wave Europe), and Philip Steele (Founder, nCube Smart Home).
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.
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!
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.
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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