Networked Globe Briefing – 14 April 2014

To kick off this week, Cisco have released the date and venue of their second Internet of Things World Forum along an Internet of Things Innovation Challenge while Boston’s IoT Olympiad announces a major sponsor for their event.

Chicago to host 2014 Cisco Internet of Things World Forum

Cisco have announced the second Internet of Things World Forum will be taking place between October 14-16 at Chicago’s Hyatt Regency.

Attendees will once again see examples firsthand of how the Internet of Things is changing industries worldwide, and hear directly from those who are changing it. Attendees will also hear predictions about how the Internet of Things will affect the global economy, and how it has the potential to address many of the challenges the various markets currently face.

Sponsors of the 2014 Internet of Things World Forum include Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric and Zebra Technologies Corporation.

“Cisco is focused on bringing together new perspectives, technologies and solutions that anticipate and address global customer needs across the broad spectrum of public and private sectors,” said Wim Elfrink, Cisco’s executive vice president, Industry Solutions and Chief Globalisation Officer. “These objectives align with those of the City of Chicago, which is why it was selected as the host of the 2014 Internet of Things World Forum.

Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge Announced

Along with details of the Internet of Things Forum, Cisco has also announced the Internet of Things Innovation Grand Challenge for startup businesses. The competition aims to recognize, promote and accelerate the adoption of breakthrough technologies and products created by startup businesses that will contribute to the growth and evolution of the Internet of Things.

Three winners of the challenge will share US $250,000 in prize money that can be used to jumpstart new and existing businesses that contribute to the Internet of Things industry. Submissions will be accepted beginning April 21 through July 1 at www.cisco.com/go/iotchallenge with the winners of the competition selected during 2014 Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago.

In addition to the cash prizes, Cisco will also provide winners with mentoring, training and access to business expertise from Cisco and other supporting organizations. The winners will also be provided with the opportunity to develop, test and pilot new technologies, plus potential investment and partnering opportunities in the future.

IoT Olympiad Announces Platinum Sponsor

Hack The Hackathon has announced that Axeda Corporation will be the Platinum Sponsor of the upcoming IoT Olympiad to be held May 2 through May 4, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The IoT Olympiad will take place at the Cambridge Innovation Center as the inaugural event of Boston IoT Week, uniting 4 separate IoT events from May 2 through May 9.Held over 48-hours, the Olympiad is a developer competition focused on realizing the benefits of the Internet of Things in measurably improving efficiency, sustainability, and quality of life with three specific themes; Give Life, looking at improved healthcare, Preserve Life, focusing on supply chain opportunities and Sustain Life that examines creating sustainable aquaculture.
“Hackathons are fantastic ways to energize developers and build innovative communities. They’re also just plain fun! Axeda is especially proud to be the Platinum Sponsor of the IoT Olympiad as we share the organization’s objective to keep the competition focused on themes that improve efficiency, sustainability and quality of life through the Internet of Things,” said Joe Biron, vice president for innovation and technology at Axeda.

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Paul Wallbank is the founding editor of Networked Globe and has nearly twenty years experience of working in and reporting on computers, the internet and the future of our connected society.