Today we kick off the third annual Internet of Things World Forum here in Dubai, where more than 2400 attendees from around the globe are getting awakened to the IoT possibilities. We are all on a journey together as we take what was a bold new concept three years ago and transform the way businesses, cities, and countries operate and engage their customers and citizens.
IoT is no longer a buzz word—it’s real. According to IDC’s Global IoT Decision Maker Survey of more than 2,300 global businesses, 58% said that IoT is strategic to their business strategy and 48% have already deployed an IoT solution today. Clearly, IoT is seen as having real potential to change businesses. And it is impacting all industries.
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Tags: hackathon, internet of things, IoT, iot world forum, IoTWF
This morning I had a pleasure of joining 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and many others in launching the expansion of 1871.
Launched in 2012, 1871 is a leading Chicago non-profit incubator that provides affordable co-work spaces to Chicago entrepreneurs as well as community gatherings and programs such as tech talks, hackathons and more. They’re named after the fire of 1871 – not because of the destructive nature of the fire, but because of the innovation and ingenuity that built up Chicago afterwards. 1871 is true to its name as we’re seeing a similar surge of innovation and ingenuity from the startups that are based there.
Cisco was a founding sponsor of 1871 and today we’re expanding that sponsorship. Cisco will be offering equipment, tools, training, and mentorship to members of 1871 (and we’re sponsoring their wireless deployment!) The goal of this collaboration is to support entrepreneurs that are building Internet of Everything solutions. Internet of Everything is the connection of people, processes, data, and things to the internet – connecting the previously unconnected. With an expected 50 billion devices that will be connected in just the next 5 years (up from 13B now) – there is a strong need for creativity and ingenuity as we build the infrastructure and systems to support all of those connection. We hope that this collaboration will lead to identifying promising companies for closer cooperation – with the possibility of developing joint solutions and bring products to market. Read More »
Tags: 1871, hackathon, IoE, IoE Innovation Center, IoT, IoTWF
Today I have the honor of kicking off the second Internet of Things World Forum in Chicago. We first launched the Internet of Things World Forum last year in Barcelona with the goal of accelerating the IoT ecosystem along with our steering committee members. In the second annual World Forum over the next few days attendees will see many great talks and I expect you’ll be hearing quite a few announcements moving the Internet of Things forward. Our goal was to bring together the best and brightest to enable collaborations and new cross-industry business models.
Over the last year the investments and deployments in IoT solutions have accelerated. From many deployments in cities and industries around the world, the Internet of Things is Here and Now – which is also our theme for this year’s World Forum. We have also seen the industry mature with quite a few IoT startups being acquired. Cisco has advanced this trend further with our announced innovation fund, opening IoE Innovation centers around the globe, holding Grand Challenges, introducing IOx, and many more.
As an example of this growth, the IoT World Forum 2014 has also more than doubled – in attendees, in sessions, and in sponsors and has expanded in the types of activities happening. This last weekend we hosted the IoTWF Hackathon at Chicago innovation space 1871 – with over 100 attendees and 15 teams. They competed through 24 hours using an ISR 819 and APIs from Cisco’s Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX), Data in Motion (DMO), and a few other APIs to build something innovative and new, quickly. Also new this year is a Startup Showcase featuring 20 startups at the event. Read More »
Tags: hackathon, IoT, IoT Deployment Map, IoTWF, walking tour
Imagine a world where inanimate objects have the chance to speak. A machine could tell a manager that her employees were in danger because its parts are aging. Imagine a world where objects can speak to one another to make you and the environment safer, to transport you faster, to make industries more productive and cities more friendly. That world is coming and that world is enabled by the Internet of Things (IoT).
Now imagine being part of that transformation. With less than 1% of things in the physical world connected to the Internet, there is an incredible opportunity to connect the unconnected, to gather, analyze, and act upon all sorts of “undiscovered data” as we move towards connecting billions of new things.
That is why Cisco is inviting developers, hackers, designers, entrepreneurs, students and other dreamers to be a part our 24- hour hackathon featuring APIs specifically made for IoT projects. At the end of it all, one team will be chosen to have their idea presented at the exclusive, invite-only IoT World Forum.
Here are some details about the event: Read More »
Tags: #DevNet, #IoTWFHack, API, hackathon, IoT, iot world forum, IoTWF
Earlier this week you learned about the network at Cisco Live! If you attended the event this year, you’ll also have noticed that there was a brand new extension of the event in Moscone West. This was DevNet, the first developer-facing zone Cisco has ever brought to life, just in time for the 25th anniversary of the conference. DevNet featured a whole array of activities for the dev-inclined Cisco customer: learning labs, tech talks on both a main stage for thought leadership and techie details in an API theater, and a hackathon. CMX was one of the key technologies on display in the DevNet zone, and our CMX engineering team was super excited to see our technology in the spotlight.
As many of you know, CMX offers a rich set of APIs enabling developer community to develop, enhance and customize location-enabled applications. The highlight of the show for me was the DevNet Hackathon, a real 24 hour hackathon right in the DevNet Zone–another first for Cisco. Our very own Mobility Services API and CMX SDK were part of the featured technology sets for people to work with to create location-enabled apps using real-time intelligence from the Mobility Services Engine (MSE). It was really fun to be working with developers from many different countries and awesome to see our APIs and SDK brought to life. See for yourself!
Are you a developer interested in digging into the Mobility Services API? Look no further than DevNet.
For more on the Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX) solution, visit www.cisco.com/go/cmx.
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