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CEO Tales. The Internet of Things and Big Data – riding the hype cycle?

Investors and media are already unanimous that 2014 will be a great year for IoT and there is much talk of the potential combined with Big Data.

This CEO Tales considers the reality and the opportunity for businesses and for the CIOs expected to implement new initiatives based on these trends. We’ll be asking those at the coal face for their views on a number of key questions: How can CIOs embrace IoT data? Does a company need to adopt agile innovation practises? What will accelerate and what will retard the development of new applications? What are the implications for security and privacy of data?

Our speakers will offer their own perspectives on the opportunities and pitfalls that we face today before an open discussion. Expect to hear from IoT entrepreneurs, CIOs of large scale businesses, and Big Data specialists. Joining us to give their thoughts on the current market are:

Wolfgang Emmerich, CEO, Zuhlke Engineering

Wolfgang Emmerich

Wolfgang Emmerich is CEO and Chairman of Zuhlke Engineering Ltd. He is also one of the founding partners and shareholders of the Zuhlke Group. Wolfgang serves on the Group’s executive board and chairs the software engineering committee of the Zuhlke Group, where he is responsible for driving Zuhlke’s software engineering innovation.

In the past two years, Zuhlke has focused on “Connected Products”.

The Group has delivered a number of exciting products that populate the Internet of Things, including high-end gas boilers that store usage statistics in the cloud, smart utility meters and intelligent home devices that enable controlling lighting and heating from mobile devices. Prior to joining Zuhlke UK, Wolfgang was Head of the Software Systems Engineering Group and he still is Professor of Distributed Computing at UCL, where he supervised a number of research initiatives in mobile computing and sensor networks. Wolfgang holds a Doctor of Science from the University of Paderborn and a Diploma in Computer Science from University of Dortmund. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the IET and ACM.

Andrew Yeoman, Concirrus

Andrew Yeoman, CEO, ConcirrusAndrew is the co-founder of Concirrus and is responsible for the overall strategy and leadership of the company. In a short amount of time Concirrus has built an impressive list of reference customers using their IoT platform. Before starting Concirrus, Andrew was a Managing Director at Trimble Navigation (NASDAQ: TRMB) where he led a number of fast growth telematics and M2M businesses – creating and executing a series of strategies that saw annual worldwide revenues grow to more than $300m. Prior to Trimble Andrew has led many businesses in M&A, fast growth and turnaround situations both in Europe and USA.

Giles Pavey, dunnhumby

Giles Pavey, dunnhumby

Giles is dunnhumby’s Chief Data Scientist and spends his days working with the data science team to help clients (examples include Tesco, Kroger, Macy’s, P&G, Coca-Cola) see the world from their customer’s point of view, using in-depth data insights that dunnhumby collects and analyses.

The data science team at dunnhumby cover projects including recommendation systems, social network analysis & big data, predictive analytics, optimization, machine learning and behavioral psychology and economics.

Outside dunnhumby, Giles is a frequent speaker at industry conferences on the subjects of customer insight, big data and multi-channel retailing

Niall Murphy, Evrythng

Niall Murphy, CEO EvrythngNiall is CEO & Founder or EVRYTHNG. A technologist and serial entrepreneur he co-founded European WiFi network The Cloud in 2003, acquired by BSkyB (a subsidiary of News Corporation) in 2011, and was also recently CEO of multi-platform gaming software firm Marmalade.

Niall founded one of the first ISPs in Africa in a joint venture with Sprint in 1994, later acquired by UUnet. He subsequently founded three digital media businesses in South Africa, he later sold. He also co-founded The Digital Thinking Network, a future scenario planning organisation based in Amsterdam.

As ever, we’ll bring together entrepreneurs, investors and established corporates to meet and do business as well as educate each other. It promises to be a great evening, and registration is now open so join us.

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We’ve very grateful to our sponsors for the evening – Taylor Wessing and Zuhlke – experts in the implications of IoT and Big Data. Their commitment to helping entrepreneurs and corporates meet and learn from each other has helped make this event happen.

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