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“If you could solve one problem you have by attending the IoT Forum, what would it be?” “How to peel a banana”

This is why it is worth asking people what they want to achieve by coming to an event. This is a selection of the answers that delegates to the IoT Forum, 27th June, Cambridge, have given to the question,

“If you could solve one problem you have by attending the IoT Forum, what would it be?”

There are some great questions and problems and I hope those seeking investment get to meet the investors, that the companies looking for entrepreneurs to be partners are successful in their quest. All those groups and more are well represented and we now have over 230 registered attendees, 18 exhibitors and demonstrators, 13 companies representing a selection of some of the most interesting IoT companies, some brilliant talks and more people than we expected when we set out on this journey.

Sometimes we come across a question or two that we can answer without someone necessarily needing to turn up and I think the best example of that is, “How do I eat a banana?”

How to peel a banana

A surprisingly controversial topic when it comes down to it and the Internet is filled with link baity articles about just that once you start looking. If you ask people, most of the population will opt for the ‘snap the stalk’ method. The method described above however, gives you a much nicer ‘handle’. Try it. You wont go back.

Anyway. These are just some of the things that our guests want to work out about the Internet of Things.

  • Develop our ecosystem
  • Looking for emerging companies with great potential
  • Clarify IoT in my head
  • Curiosity
  • How to eat a banana
  • Find more partners (investors, suppliers, etc)
  •  advise on attractiveness for investment
  • Discovering more clues on the scope of the “IoT” concept
  • Understand landscape
  • Get beyond the hype and really understand the use cases
  • Deals
  • It’s not a problem, but I think we should discuss “meaningful” implementations of IoT (smart glasses, watches, homes, cars, etc.).
  • Understand IoT in a global context
  • Understand how to best promote my product ( to the IoT market
  • Business models and opportunities
  • find partners for great IoT projects
  • Identifying fundamental technologies
  • My credit score
  • Funding
  • Improve understanding of the field
  • Improve knowledge in the field
  • Ease of accessibility to entrepreneurs
  • Be more informed
  • getting companies in front of brand named clients
  • Learn about the applications, applications, applications
  • Who’s really innovating in Europe in this space?
  • Get an update on UK start ups in this space
  • Although I have many problems, I don’t expect to solve any of them at this forum!  I consider it to be an educational experience.
  • Understand how to package our products for IoT
  • Why the warning light keeps coming on in my car !
  • Understand other people IoT technology problems to solve them with ARM technology
  • Accelerated and unencumbered roll-out of 4G networks across the UK
  • understanding the gap between build costs and public’s tipping point
  • to liberate information and make it interoperable
  • Find UK innovators
  • Identifying where the valuable opportunities are that accompany this trend
  • Work out who is developing coordinated solutions to problems rather than point solutions,
  • Assess the available technologies used in the industry to design interconnected systems
  • Contacts – everything can be solved with the right contacts!
  • perspective
  • Understanding the direction being taken by a lot of the major players.
  • Understand the market growth and potential applications of the IoT
  • Networking
  • find promising start ups
  • finding good investment opportunities
  • Network
  • Free energy
  • Faster deployment
  • to meet more people
  • reduce energy consumption
  • Meeting Directors of successful companies
  • Find entrepreneurs that can help us implement IoT at scale.
  • Get up to to date on ITT
  • Understanding consumer impact of IoT
  • Identify key business opportunities presented by IOT
  • Comprehension
  • Bringing the potential the tech community has for helping solve global conservation problems into sharper focus.
  • Understand meaning of IoT, as means different things to different people
  • Not sure
  • I want to be able to explore how others are using the IoTs to influence behaviour in a retail/hospitality environment.
  • Finding a developer
  • Grow our business!
  • Find practical business cases for IoT
  • Making energy more efficient.
  • Bring more intelligent funding to the UK and make London the startup hub for Europe
  • How to identify what people need and and sell it back to them
  • Determine my IOT communications partner
  • Securing funding
  • Finding my keys.
  • Not having had attended the IoT forum.
  • learning more
  • Finding others who are python coding for Raspberry Pi IoT projects
  • Answer the question – where are the biggest coordination challenges?
  • How to invest in Internet based companies without a fixed retail revenue stream
  • Investments
  • intelligent network of smart city
  • Assisted living
  • What do people need when creating IoT devices
  • clear view what to focus on for the future
  • Spark some new ideas
  • overview of social potential of the sector
  • Time
  • We need to just understand more about the technology!
  • find investors/buyers/sales partners for our product Smart Clock
  • Select the one idea to focus on
  • I want my fridge to text me when I’m low on milk or eggs and near a grocery store. #firstworldproblems but I would appreciate it! Toilet paper text is next.
  • Convince others to use open source for IoT infrastructure
  • remote control my boiler
  • Understanding standards for device to device commuication
  • networking
  • Application of Internet of things to Financial services
  • Being able to identify an IoT project and evaluate it
  • raise funding
  • how to keep a ‘human touch’ in the IoT world
  • To motivate kids to play more on the playgrounds.
  • find platforms to manage data from devices
  • Find out about startups in the area
  • home automation infrastrucutre for service providers in SaaS model.
  • Providing truly useful, value-for-money M2M products to small/medium businesses
  • Understanding of who will win in iot
  • Meeting tech product focused startups
  • Fund the launch of our Preference Service business
  • Working out how to actually put things into mass production
  • Finding an electronics engineer/software developer to work with.
  • Standards
  • Understanding how the construction world will change
  • Market size
  • Learn more about sustainability, make information easier to access for individual consumers
  • Enery efficiency
  • promoting Xively
  • IoT needs/trends
  • Sustainability
  • Raise profile of Xsilon and Hanadu
  • Segmentation
  • Fully automated setup and discovery
  • Insight into the next technologies
  • Getting closer to the paperless office
  • No more keys!
  • Understanding breakthrough business models
  • understand the area in more detail
  • IoT needs/trends
  • conncting to other senior delegates
  • Networking
  • Meeting wonderful like-minded IoT-oriented people!
  • Better understanding of the infrastructure needed to support widespread adoption of IoT technologies in the consumer sector
  • IoT needs/trends
  • To motivate kids to play more on the playgrounds.
  • NFC in iPhone
  • The meaning of life
  • Gaining understanding of business application
  • It’s not so much resolving a problem but more to do with discussing a number of ideas I have to do with electronic, wearable technology, scent and IoT
  • More work
  • Streamlining
  • Get more people aware of the imp!
  • Meet cool IoT startups
  • to introduce Ewgeco to the internet of things
  • Fundraising
  • To understand what people want and need when creating an IoT Device
  • Sign up members to our Hanadu SIG
  • meet partners for great IoT projects
  • Finding great potential partners
  • Raise awareness on why IoT is an energy problem for the world, and why Moixa can answer that
  • Funding
  • Resources for business expansion
  • Get connected to customers and investors
  • Create fame and build a tribe around my brand
  • Understand where we are in the connected home.
  • Finding other IoT companies who can use our API-as-a-Service tool
  • Protocols! Easily the biggest problem with IoT
  • Spread the word about ThingWorx!
  • Meeting investors to fill out our round!
  • We would raise awareness of our services
  • help making energy optimisation in electrical and thermal energy a field of IoT / WoT via powerful industry partners
  • Bringing product to large retailers
  • Bringing product to large retailers
  • IoT needs/trends
  • Find more partners (investors, suppliers, etc)

I hope you will find the answers to your problems at the IoT Forum, 27th June, Cambridge.


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