October means lots of things: it represents the definitive goodbye to the summer, the celebration of the Oktoberfest in Munich, or the arrival of a new season in the technological field. More events, more posts, more work… more thethings.iO!
So what’s this October bringing to us?
First of all, we want to express our sadness about the cancellation of the Solidcon Europe, organized by O’Reilly, which was expected to take place in Amsterdam on October 28th, and of which we were sponsors.
Hackathon ‘Todos Incluidos’
But October is a long month, so we have other events to attend! The first one is this weekend (Oct. 3-4th) and takes place in Granada. Fundación Telefónica and Telefonica I+D organizes the Hackathon ‘Todos Incluidos’ in collaboration with Girls in Tech. The event starts this weekend, but there’ll be two more collaborative meetings during this month. The second one will be in Barcelona (Oct. 17-18th), and the last one in Madrid (Oct. 24-25th). The Hackaton is organized in order to promote the teamwork, as well as the gender diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) environments, where women are the minority. That’s why the event will be formed 50% men and 50% women.
Next October 6th, our CEO Marc Pous is attending the Blockchain Week in Barcelona. Marc Pous will moderate the “Panel: is blockchain the key to the Internet of Things?”, at 12pm. Pous will share scenario with Sandra Fernández (Telefónica), Anthony o’Dowd (IBM), Niko Punin (Bitfury) and Meinhard Benn (Satoshipay).
Marc Pous will also attend the IoT Shifts Conference as a speaker. The event will take place in Barcelona the next Oct. 19-20th. The conference will include sessions on Retail, Health & Fitness, Gaming, Smart Home, Energy, Smart City, etc. With a lot of international speakers, the event is such a great opportunity for corporations, SMBs and startups and entrepreneurs.
Finally, the Creator Space BCN Creatathon organized by BASF and Imagine Creative Center will take place in the Disseny Hub Barcelona the next Oct. 28th. Teams, formed by 3 people, will work for 24h to generate original solutions to solve problems that affect to our environment. There, thethings.iO’s CEO Marc Pous will teach a magistral class about Internet of Things.
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The Good Night Lamp at CES 2013 (by todbot at Flickr)
Experts says that Quantified Self has been the guest star at CES 2013 because they create a lot of expectations with HAPIFork, Fitbit, Jawbone and Withing among other interesting companies.
The Mobile World Congress 2013 at Barcelona
In our opinion, the star of this conference was the Internet connected coffee machines. With an unclear use of companies defended the product saying that people do not want to wait to have coffee prepared when they go to the machine. A coffee takes thirty seconds to one minute to prepare through a machine.
The Cisco coffee machine connected to the Internet
The engineering solution for coffee machines were very intriguing.
On the other hand, the stackable pieces of plastic are ready to send the real-time information to the Telefonica cloud servers.
Thinking things by Telefonica I+D
At the SMA Connected Cities booth, Jordi Corominas was presenting Ecooltra, an electric motorbike connected to the Internet. The system lets the users rent a motorbike using their mobile devices. Then, they could use NFC to start the motorbike at the Ecooltra parkings.
We were very excited to have this opportunity to join in on this conference. We hope that thethings.iO will help users improve the ability to interact with their Internet connected objects through our dashboard.
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