Day 1

29 November 2017


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 during their lifecycle?
  • What are the challenges that arise with using sensors and how to overcome them?


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.


IoT architectures for interoperability

Discussing how IoT architectures need to be put in place to ensure increased compatibility across domains. Including topics such as 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? This talk will also cover the role of  open APIs play to speed up innovation and achieve interface collaboration, and the evolving needs for standards within IoT architecture.


Networking Break


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?


Keynote: Massive IoT from the Telco perspective

The increasing number of connected devices means that there is an increasing need for networks that can cover massive amounts of connections per cell, at low cost and using low power.  Using NB-IoT, several Telco’s are entering this market, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of this type of technology over other LPWA networks like LoRa?  And how does being an established Telco help you connect with customers in this crowded market.  Finally we will discuss the future of NB-IoT with the introduction of 5G IoT networks looming.


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

  • Which is better for your product, a Cat-o, Cat-1 or Cat-M LTE network, LPWA or NB-IoT
  • 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


How cloud computing can maximise your IoT connectivity?

Description to follow soon . . .


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Day 2

30 November 2017


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


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: 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’s approach to both hardware and software accelerate market adoption?
  • Discussing the wide variety of tools, platforms, OS, middleware available to developers, plus the organisations that are encouraging open IoT such as IPSO, OCF and Eclipse.
  • Raspberry Pi projects for IoT.


Networking Break


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 in unlocking revenue potential
  • In what ways can new data sources be utilised to provide new opportunities – 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 1

Hear from an IoT start up about their journey into the IoT ecosystem.


Start Up Success Story 2

Hear from an IoT start up about their journey into the IoT ecosystem.


Panel: 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?


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