What to look forward to at the IoT Tech Expo Global
Going to an expo used to involve being lectured to for hours by a ‘sage-on-the-stage’. While there’s no denying the value of seeing a thought leader impart vital industry knowledge, events have moved on. These days we put value in discussion and dialogue and IoT Tech Expo Global reflects this trend with a lineup that’s heavy on the panel side of things, putting a real emphasis on conversation around the great content. With only a week to go until the event, and too many unmissable panel sessions to cover, here’s a hand-picked selection of highlights for our chosen verticals.
Smart Cities: Cities are only as good their constituent parts (and their constituents), and with more and more metropolises laying claim to the moniker, we’ll be hearing a lot about it in 2017. ‘Smart Cities Need Smart Utilities’ is a panel that looks to understand that link between, utilities, infrastructure and government. With speakers from tech consultancies, local councils and utilities provides this is one for your bookmarks and iCalendars.
Connected Industry: From ‘Creating a Competitive Edge Within the IIoT’ to ‘Digitalising Heavy Industry’, via more drilled-down topics such as ‘The Future of the Smart Farm’, the Industrial Internet of Things is going to stay on everyone’s radar. Experts from Autodesk, Artis and others make ‘Smart Factories of the Future’ one to watch for a glimpse of our connected industrial years ahead.
Connected Living: The connected home needs little publicity, but ‘Connected spaces – using the IoT in Public’ will explore the bridge between the home and its surroundings/environment. What next for beacons, BLE, open data and the rest? We’ll find out on 23/24 January.
Data & Security: Perhaps the most complex part of the IoT right now, rigorous advances in data and security are crucial for IoT success beyond 2017. ‘An E2E approach to tackling data security challenges of the IoT’ ensures just that: analysis of supply chain pain points to make IoT more robust while maximising its data potential.
Connected Services: We touch on some developments here, but ‘How is the IoT shaping consumer-brand relationships in retail and beyond?’ is the question that speakers from Shell, Qlik and more will look to answer and discuss on the afternoon of Day 1.
Developing for the IoT: The busiest stream of this year’s Expo and for good reason: more and more companies are berthing IoT projects. ‘Discovering the World of Connectivity – Unlocking the Promise of IoT’ is a panel that not only serves as a primer for new developers, but also a touchpoint for more IoT-experienced businesses to galvanise and push ahead with their initiatives.
IoT Innovations and tech: What is ‘The Role of Hackers in Innovating within IoT Security’? This panel will explore a sensitive but important issue about how, by thinking like a greyhat, you could save your idea – and your data – through experimental innovation.
Plenty for all to see and do, without mentioning the workshops, digital extras and the networking which often becomes one of the best reasons for attending. We look forward to seeing you there.
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