On the 24th of November from 17:30 – 21:00 was the event LPWAN NB-IoT at Drottning Kristinas väg 53 at THINGS. The event had speakers from the three companies Ericsson (Hans Dahlberg, Vice President of Telia Global IoT Solutions), Telia (Hans Bergström, Director Technology Strategic Partnering and Yasir Hussain, Strategic Product Manager, NB-IOT Håkan Andersson, Strategic Product Manager, 5G) and Intel (Johan Falk, Head of Intel IoT Ignition Lab Intel).
The event started with a mingle among the participants with food and beer. This was followed with a introduction and the lectures, ending with questions and answers part of the night. The mingle itself was dominated by men in there 40+ probably engineers with a few students among them.
The lectures were informative about IoT and the vision, technology and hope around it. Due to the fact that through the development of IoT more device are going to be connected, more data is created leading to a greater importance on good analytic tools to increasing the use of this data. At several time the phrase ”Connection is king!” were used. Further discussion were about creating an underlying platform for all to use and thereby building a more horizontal internet structure. All lectures focused on the importance of interoperability among the different companies. This because they believed that great innovation lies outside of the companies boundaries, just as we get told in the open innovation course. Further more did they believe that future companies are going more and more to be service oriented and connecting themselves to this homogenous platform/network of open innovation. An ongoing project, Urban ICT Arena, was meant to be an example of first step towards this. Personally I thought it to be interesting that all this great technics were discussed but never through out the hole night the word value where used.
Further more was the night inspirational and I got a tip for a great event coming up in kits, the opening of Urban ICT Arena (www.urbanictarena.se). All in all was it a great night due to the fact that you got some contact with companies.