IoT Week just passed, and has been proved one more year as a flagship event for Europe’s IoT community. IoT Week is an annual event organized by the IoT Forum since 2011.
This year’s edition of IoT Week took place in Aarhus, Denmark, where NGIoT project coordinator Martin Brynskov is based. Brynskov has been an active member of the IoT Forum since the beginning and in collaboration with the President of the IoT Forum Sebastien Ziegler and member of the NGIoT Consortium, and also Monique Calisti, member of the IoT Forum and NGIoT, the project had a strong presence in various important sessions and discussions throughout the event’s week.
“It was a pleasure to support IoT Week that took place in Aarhus, my hometown, this year.”, said Martin. “I’m proud that this edition of IoT Week turned out to be the biggest yet and that we were able to invite citizens – from school children to senior citizens – to the IoT Week Public Expo to discover the Internet of Things and what it means for them.”
Taking advantage of the participation of the NGIoT members -the key speakers and panelists as mentioned above and also the rest project partners that were in Aarhus to support other activities and workshops- NGIoT was present in all areas covering and supporting:
Two NGIoT booths
One in the expo area in collaboration with the LSP (Large Scale Projects) projects, promoting the main role and objectives of NGIoT in the domain and one in the public area, where a fortune wheel and a photo booth were available for the visitors to play and learn around the NGI and IoT concepts, tools, ecosystem, technologies and main achievements.
Especially in the public area, where citizens were allowed to enter without registration, it was impressive that NGIoT booth attracted numerous and a great variety of people from different ages, social groups and with different perspectives, experiences and concerns around IoT, showing great interest on the main concepts, views, stakeholders and running activities in the domain, spending time and discussing with our Communication Team members.
Main talks and workshops
Martin Brynskov (Associate professor in Aarhus University, Chair of Open & Agile Smart Cities and PRoject Coordinator of NGIoT) – (keynote speech) Official Opening of the Public Expo: Future Smart Cities & Communities, (participate in panel) IoT for Smart Cities & IoT Standardisation Convergence Welcome, (moderate a session) Procurement and Marketplaces – Joint Workshop: Internet of Things for Smart Cities & Communities (IoT4SCC) (keynote speech) Privacy by Design Smart Cities – Right to Privacy in Smart Cities – Joint Workshop: Internet of Things for Smart Cities & Communities (IoT4SCC).
Monique Calisti (CEO of Martel Innovate and leader of the NGIoT Communication and Marketing activities) – (participate in panel) IoT for Smart Cities & IoT Standardisation Convergence Welcome, (keynote speech) High Level Panel on IoT Future Demand & Research Priorities (by NGIoT & AIOTI) (moderate session) IoT and the 5G City.
Sebastain Ziegler (Director of Mandat International, President of IoT Forum and IoT Lab and one of the key Partners of NGIoT) – (moderate session) IoT Week 2019 Welcoming Remarks (Opening Plenary Part I), High Level Visions on Technologies, Values and Achieving SDGs (Opening Plenary Part II), Strategic Visions on Future IoT Evolution – Towards a New IoT Paradigm for Business and Society (IoT Week 2019 Opening Plenary Part III), IoT for Smart Cities & IoT Standardisation Convergence Welcome, IoT Privacy by Design at the Time of GDPR (keynote speech) Privacy by Design Smart Cities – Right to Privacy in Smart Cities – Joint Workshop: Internet of Things for Smart Cities & Communities (IoT4SCC).
Beyond these activities, around 20 IoT community members were invited to share their first impression to the question: “IoT for What?”, which will contribute to the making of a video piece with humans at the center and how different people from different backgrounds and domains are facing IoT today and beyond. The video is expected to be published the following days.
During the whole IoT week the NGIoT photobooth was open to all the participants. We captured nice people and nice moments. The result is here below: