Day 1

1 June 2017

Developing for the IoT

“What’s the best way to build “Internet of Things software” that could do anything from control home appliances remotely, to inform an aero-engine manufacturer that one of its engines somewhere in the world needs servicing, to gather meteorological data from sensors to produce a weather forecast? What skills are needed to do so? Where do you even begin?” –

Day One of the Developing for the IoT agenda will explore the evolving technology available to developers looking to create IoT products and software. Reviewing platforms and frameworks for development, hardware and connectivity options and also the tools needed to create products and applications for the IoT.


Developing for the IoT – Chair’s welcome and opening comments


Bridging the skills gap: How industrial/academic partnerships can benefit your IoT business.

Several of the large IoT players have recently partnered with universities and colleges worldwide to ensure that the next generation of recruits have the high level technical skills and understanding of the IoT ecosystem need to add value to their businesses. How should you take advantage of such collaboration opportunities, and how can they translate into increasing innovation and getting that competitive edge within your organisation?


Keynote Panel: The future of IoT development

  • Landscaping the IOT ecosystem – What are growth forecasts for regional and worldwide markets? How fragmented is the market & how big is the entrance barrier? Which sectors are predicted to show the biggest growth and success?
  • What are the newest technologies, platforms and solutions that help achieve connectivity?
  • The importance of allowing interoperability of devices in the world of IoT and how far away are we from a universal standardisation? Discussing the implementation of open source and open standards
  • What opportunities does the IOT present for developers and how beneficial is the continuous growth for this particular industry?


Case Study: Developing for the IoT

A case study from a top tier company working within the IoT ecosystem about how they developed their most recent offering, the challenges faced and the routes they took to overcome these.


Networking Break


Tools and platforms for end-to-end development

  • How effective are the currently available tools designed to reduce the design-develop-deployment cycle?
  • Do they provide the level of flexibility required to allow your products to change over their lifecycle?
  • What are the challenges that arise with using sensors and how to overcome them?


Panel: Device management – how to choose?

  • There are nearly 400 IoT device management platforms available in the current market, how do you choose between this bewildering array?
  • What is the main difference between the big players offerings and smaller more specialised management systems?
  • Discussion of the key considerations when choosing a device management platform; provisioning and authentication, configuration and control, monitoring and diagnostics and software updates and maintenance.


Testing in the IoT ecosystem

  • What new approaches need to be taken to testing software and hardware within the IoT environment?
  • How to move testing outside of the laboratory.
  • What actually needs to be tested? Connectivity, security, safety and reliability.
  • Discussion of real world examples of testing IoT devices and platforms, potential pitfalls and how to avoid them.


Panel: Interoperability as the key to success

  • The role open APIs play to speed up innovation and achieve interface collaboration
  • In what way do vendors need to work together to achieve standardisation across different devices?
  • What are some exemplary open, international IoT standards that are especially useful in allowing interoperability between devices and what is it about these examples that make them especially effective?
  • What are ways to enable interoperability to scale from device-to-device and application-to-application all the way to system-to-system, infrastructure-to-infrastructure, sector-to-sector, region-to-region, and above for a truly global IoT?


Networking Break


Making Sense of the IoT – Protocols and Alliances

A discussion of the current IoT Alliance landscape, navigating through the numerous protocols that are available for each connect device. This talk will touch upon the number of new protocols emerging in this area, such as Thread in the connected home, and discuss how developers can work out which ones to adopt.


Panel: Discovering the world of connectivity – Unlocking the promise of the IoT

  • Exploring connectivity in the IoT in a world with heterogenous networks and potential restrictions of embedded devices
  • Advances in wireless connectivity enabling the IoT within industry and the home
  • Discovering the challenges that can potentially disrupt connectivity and how to solve those in the future – signalling, security, presence detection, power consumption, bandwidth
  • What connectivity-based solutions are currently available and what can they achieve?


Which is best for your IoT application: LTE, LPWAN or Mesh?

  • Which is better for your product, a Cat-o, Cat-1 or Cat-M LTE network or an LPWA network?
  • What are the effective business models for collaboration with key verticals?
  • Discussions around range vs. data rate vs power consumption for these IoT connectivity technologies
  • The drawbacks for each network, including security and whether devices can actively initiate communication with the network
  • Using Mesh as an alternative – pros and cons?


Session Close

Day 2

2 June 2016

Developing for the IoT – Day 2

“The concept of IoT is simple: connect all the things to the Internet so that automation and decision processes are streamlined. Experts believe the possibilities yielded by IoT are bounded only by our imaginations”. – ADA Alliance

Day Two of the Developing for the IoT agenda will focus on real-life application of the IoT and the economics around this. Including session on start-up funding, user experience and design, as well as discussing the role of standards across all verticals.


Developing for the IoT – Chair’s welcome and opening comments


Panel: Creating a standards framework for IoT

  • What does the concept of standards really mean in the context of IoT?
  • How can the varied standards relevant to the area effectively be integrated for IoT solutions?
  • Can a verticalized approach to standards work?


Keynote: Opening up the IoT

How can Open Source approaches to both hardware and software accelerate market adoption?


Panel: Monetisation – Unlocking the revenue potential

  • Discussing different strategies to enable monetisation and achieve competitive advantage – should companies move away from one function devices?
  • What part does collaboration play and how can partnerships help unlocking revenue potential
  • In what ways can new data sources be utilised to provide new opportunities – is Data analytics as a key driver for your new business model? What challenges could this also produce
  • Launch free monetise later? – Discussing different strategies for start-ups to monetise new products
  • Moving towards value based IoT outcomes – pricing based on the value to the customer rather than the cost to vendor.


Start Up Success Story


Start Up Success Story


Funding your way into the World of IoT

  •  The start-up perspective to the Internet of Things – What are the most promising markets out there?
  • How to survive as a start-up in the World of IoT and turn your business into the next big thing
  • Discussing strategies to receive funding and running a successful crowd funding campaign.
  • Assessing the investment climate of the Internet of Things and knowing who to invest in – what do investors and incubators look out for?
  • The role of mergers and acquisitions in the fast changing field.


Networking Break


Licensing, IP, Patents and other legal considerations when designing and launching your IoT product

As the Internet of Things is gaining in momentum, the complexity for companies is high, and several decisions have to be made IPR/Patent strategy. The nature of connected and smart device development means that the protection of IP is more critical than ever and companies should consider their license management strategies, from pay per use to function based models.


Panel: UX & UI Design – A smart approach to designing interfaces

  • What are the current trends in connected device UI and UX design and how does that differ from other types of products? How to integrate an entire sensory experience into your IoT product.
  • Discussing the importance for start-ups to stand out through UX & UI design
  • The power of the cloud and how it affects your appliances – What are the advantages and disadvantages of adding a cloud services for your user interface?
  • The importance of designing a user interface that integrates with the existing digital ecosystem. What are the opportunities and challenges?


Smart product development for consumers and business customers

  • Recognising business opportunities that connectivity and IoT presents from but outside of your existing product range
  • Managing a multitude of standards as part of your smart product development
  • Creating a positive user experience
  • Challenges and opportunities of working in both consumer and enterprise markets


Session Close