The Internet of Things continues to grow as sensors get smaller, savings get bigger and developers wrap their arms around the massive opportunities provided by a growing list of IoT vendors. Connected things continue to take leaps into the mainstream with devices like Amazon's Alexa and Whirpool's Smart appliances. This increasing number of smart "things" are integrating into peoples’ lives at a faster clip than anyone could imagine. The consumer space is seeing rapid growth alongside healthcare, transportation, education, manufacturing and shipping industries - just to name a few.
We've pulled together the following list of IoT events driving this rapidly evolving market:
Internet of Things events you can’t miss in 2017
Date: February 7 - 10, 2017
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Speakers: Cisco, Verizon, Telit, Kore
Why attend: The Internet of Things Evolution Expo gathers worldwide business leaders to learn how to leverage IoT to move businesses forward and drive new revenue streams. Listen and participate in conversations on topics including IoT issues, IoT security topics and vertical market opportunities. Attend and you will have the ability to evaluate the latest innovations in IoT devices, gateways and networking solutions.
Join the discussion on twitter: @ #IoTEvolution
Register for IoT Evolution Expo here.
Date: February 27 - March 2, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Speakers: AT&T Entertainment Group, Netflix, Niantic, NEC Corporation, Turner
Why attend: Mobile World Congress is the world's largest mobile industry event. It's organized by the GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile) and held in the mobile world capital - Barcelona. Multiple sessions from business leaders across mobile and IoT will discuss topics like how the increase in productivity translates to dollars in revenue gained from connected systems, and include tours on "How to Keep the Internet of Things Ecosystem Connected and Safe" that features vendors focused on safety at every step of the process.
Join the discussion on twitter: @GSMA #MWC17
Register for Mobile World Congress here.
Date: May 22 - 25, 2017
Location: Boston, MA
Why Attend: This star-studded (Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters were speakers last year) IoT event is held the heart of Boston, voted 2016's most innovative city. Over 200 industry and role-specific breakouts are offered in a variety of learning styles, including cutting-edge use cases, interactive Q&A's, live demos, fireside chats, deep-dive technical lectures, small working groups, tech-powered panels and more! Last year, over 8,500 people attended this event whether they streamed content online or showed up at the Boston Convention Center. Definitely an event that can't be missed.
Join the discussion on twitter: @LiveWorx #LiveWorx
Register for LiveWorx here.
Date: May 16 - 18, 2017
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, CA
Speakers From: Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, Under Armour, Mircrosoft, Hitachi
Why Attend: With over 11,000 attendees anticipated and the largest span of vertical and horizontal themes covered, Internet of Things world may be the largest IoT specific event on this list. Participate in interactive workshops and roundtables organized by industry, such as a solely retail audience. Learn from previous IoT case studies, including how Herman Kay is using RFID to create 100% inventory visability, or how Adidas is creating "connected clothing" to generate more direct-to-consumer channels. This is a conference you don't want to miss if you're looking to disrupt your industry and monetize IoT. Checkout Skyhook's booth to learn how we're giving connected devices location awareness, and how to monetize that data.
Register for the Internet of Things World here.
5. GeoIoT World
Date: June 6 - 9, 2017
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Why attend: The GeoIoT Summit is a 2 day conference that gathers 70+ innovators across the Internet of Thingsm geolocation and data analytics. Experts will share theur expertise in leveraging the newest wave of location and tracking opportunities for IoT. A broad range of location technology beyond GPS will be addressed including BLE Beacons and indoor RTLS, LPWA & IoT networks, high precision GNSS, Big GeoData, etc. Why attend? The potential in this sector of IoT is massive: by 2020, approximatly 5 billion connected devices will be critically dependant on location data, and 10 billion devices will include some form of geodata according to Machina Research. Tickets are unavailble today but sign up for event updates at the bottom of the homepage.
Register for GeoIoT World here.
Date: June 6 - 9, 2017
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Why attend: This event, co-located in Geneva with IoT Week 2017, is bringing together cutting edge research results, the IoT innovation community and the UN system with a unique worldwide outreach. A highly technical conference with academics, researchers and businesses alike, that will congregate to discuss what's next and what needs work in the industry now. This is the event's first year, as it's been recognized that academics and researchers have yet to organize around this topic on a global scale. “IoT is rapidly evolving with the substantial risks.. Research has a fundamental role to enable a globally interoperable IoT and to make it right," said Sebastien Ziegler, General Chair and President of the IoT Forum.
Registration not yet open, but visit the Global IoT Summit here.
Date: June 27-29, 2017
Location: San Jose, CA
Exhibitors: See the full list of companies signed up here
Why attend: Exactly what it's named for - the Sensors Expo & Conference is the largest gathering of engineers and engineering professionals involved in sensors and sensing-related technologies. For over 30 years, more than 6,000 professionals gather from across the US and over 40 countries to explore today's sensor technologies and find the solutions to tomorrow's sensing challenges. The 2017 event will host 300+ exhibitors on the Expo Floor, leading experts from the industry in the most comprehensive sensor-focused Conference Program, and unparalleled Event Features and Networking Opportunities.
Join the discussion on twitter: @SensorsExpo #Sensors17
Register for the Sensors Expo & Conference here.
Date: October 11-12, 2017
Location: Chicago, IL
Speakers: VMware, Oracle, UI Labs, Dell, FivePoint
Why attend: At Bosch ConnectedWorld, participants will explore real-world IoT implementations presented by well-respected industry leaders and global IoT players. The event will bring together more than 500 Bosch executives, customers, partners as well as senior leaders to discuss trends and real-world implementations up and down industry value chains. One attendee last year noted, "this was the best IoT conference I went to all year!" Registration has yet to open, but click the link below for a notification.
Register for Bosch ConnectedWorld 2017 here.
Date: November 29-30, 2017
Location: Santa Clara Convention Center, CA
Speakers From: Samsung, Ford, Philips, Panasonic, GE
Why attend: This conference covers a wide range of industries including manufacturing, health, transport, government, energy and automotive. The IoT expo will showcase the most cutting-edge technologies from more than 100 exhibitors and over 200 speakers. This year's expo will focus on the most innovative advancements in technologies affecting IoT. There will be cases covering Smart Cities, Connected Living, Wearables, Developing & IoT Technologies, Connected Industry and Data & Security.
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Register for IoT Tech Expo here.
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