Olympia Kensington, London, UK
14-15 November 2017


Please find the IoTBuild EMEA 2016 conference programme below




Registration and welcome refreshments


Chairman’s opening remarks

Robin Duke-Woolley, CEO, Beecham Research


Keynote: IoT, Can the government be doing more?

The UK government claims to be forthright in its promotion of the Internet of Things, and local IoT start-ups coming out of the country.

But could the Conservative government be doing more, and what does the future of IoT hold? Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy is also a distinguished engineer so she is in a unique position to give her perspective in this keynote presentation.

Chi Onwurah, Shadow Minister for Industrial Strategy , Science and Innovation


IoT Futures – Machine learning and software learning

With data being the new oil, how will future advances in machine learning and software automation impact the IoT within the enterprise? What plans should organisations make now to ensure they are well positioned to benefit from future advances? In this keynote we examine how this rapidly evolving area will bring a new wave of change to enterprise IoT.

Rana Ghosh-Roy, Head of Cognitive and Analytic practice, IBM


IoT interoperability – The holy grail for IoT

Building systems that talk to each other is pivotal to the success of IoT Projects. But IoT is fragmented and currently lacks interoperability. This session will explore the requirements for a connected, interoperable environment to enable an enterprise that is IoT ready.

  • The basic building blocks for IoT interoperability
  • What approaches can be taken to meet the challenge of enabling IoT interoperability?
  • What efforts are being made in key standards development organisations to support interoperability?

Adam Leach, Head of R&D, Nominet Oxford Flood Project


 IoT Value Chain – Selecting the right Components

IoT is not a standard and it is all about connecting things and getting insight of it and making intelligent decisions accordingly. Hence it is not a standard, there are many organisations that have come out with their own protocols and physical layer that covers from sensors to networks.

  • What does it involve in creating end to end IoT applications?
  • What kind of edge devices that are to be used?
  • What kind of wide area network that works for a particular application?
  • What kind of platform that can help building these applications?

Jeevarathinam Ravikumar, Digital Innovation Leader, Stanley Security Europe


Networking refreshment break and one-to-one meetings


It’s not all about the technology: Is your organisation ready?

Adopting IoT is not only about technology choices. A key success factor in its deployment will be having an organisation ready, focused and organised for change. Hear from a global leader about some of the innovation challenges that need to be addressed when seeking and implementing technology disruption opportunities in the enterprise and the need to adopt a “nimble innovation model”.

Richard Browning, Trader & Innovation Advocate, BP

 12:15-13:00 IoT Platform Play – Open Talk

Despite IoT Platforms still being in their infancy, recent research suggests there are now more than 260 IoT Platforms. How do IoT Project Teams and builders decide what will work best for them – how will these platforms evolve and which is the right one to bet on?

Hear from our IoT platform experts and get your questions answered

This session will:

  • Offer you an unrivalled opportunity to hear from IoT Platform experts
  • Help you shape your platform decision making to align your platform choice with your organisation IoT Strategy
  • What scale and performance factors need to be considered when thinking about connecting huge numbers of products?
  • Give you the opportunity to ask questions directly to the people responsible for building the IoT Platform of the future
  • Accelerate your decision making for platform choice.

Panel chaired by Alasdair Allan, Scientist, Author, Hacker, Maker, and Journalist.


Alfred Biehler, Cloud Managing Partner, Google

David Bodenstein, Managing Director, Red Gear Solutions

Amar Parmar, Head of IoT Design Center, Wind River

Grant Peters,World Wide IoT Lead Architect, Microsoft Azure

13:00-14:00  Networking lunch and one-to-one meetings
14:00-15:00 INTERACTIVE WORKSHOP: “The World of Things and Not Things in IoT

With so many connected devices how will businesses create a place where things can share data, where data can be mashed with different sorts of data from others things, where anything can be related to anything else and make it into useful usable business decision making data? How will it be stored, managed and secured?

Sensors, devices, remote equipment and even dumb things can share their data with each other and can be shared or exchanged with anything else creating new relationships, insights and whole new ways to interact. We look at innovative, realistic ways this can be done and possibilities for driving business change without leaving broken useless pieces of the internet of things behind.

15:00-15:30 Things Connected: Accelerating the UK LPWAN eco-system

Alex Gluhak is the lead technologist for IoT at the Digital Catapult, where he is responsible for setting the technology directions in the area of IoT and the creation of strategic programmes and their delivery. His current work focuses on lowering barriers for innovation around Low Power Wide Area Networks and establishing common market places for IoT data across heterogeneous IoT platforms. Inthis session he will discuss his work in this area.

Alex Gluhak, Technical Lead, Digital Catapult Things Connected Programme, and Organiser, LPWAN London Meetup

 15:30-16:30 Innovation In Action: Technology Roundtables

Start-up companies have an important role to play in driving disruptive innovation that will shape the future of IoT. Take this opportunity to gain early insight into new technologies and potentially identify your next investment project. Hear from start ups participating in Startupbootcamp’s connected devices accelerator programme to inspire you with fresh thinking and keep you at the forefront of technological developments that could give you a competitive edge.
Ask questions and get involved

Panel chaired by:

Raph Crouan, Managing Director, Startupbootcamp London

 16:30-17:00 Closing Keynote: Data Science in an IoT enterprise: Building a real-time analytics engine

 Things create data and lots of it. So how are organisations going to analyse all the data things make? Should they go on premise or in the cloud? Should they utilise existing Big Data tools or integrate a range of other analytics tools? What do distributed processing systems look like? This keynote talks through the challenge of building a real-time IoT analytics engine for enterprise:

    • Hear from fellow end users that have evaluated the choices and built their own analytics engine?
    • Understand the technology options and underlying platform architecture
    • Explore how you build a data lake that can handle multiple data sources

Bas Geerdink, IT Manager, Enterprise Data Architect, ING


Chairman’s closing remarks


Canapes and drinks reception, end of conference day one




Registration and one-to-one meetings


Opening remarks


Keynote: Turning the IoT vision into reality

Putting the Consumer FIRST:

  • Building a customer centric development team
  • The roadmap and vision of creating an IoT consumer product and service
  • What does the product adoption path look like?
  • The role of the developer in shaping consumer-driven apps at each stage of the process

Seb Chakraborty, Chief Technology Officer Connected Homes, Hive


Connecting the unconnected – Starting on the road to IoT in the enterprise

There is an immediate opportunity for enterprises to benefit from IoT in the billions of devices already out there. Yet how does an organisation approach their dumb things and connect the unconnected? How do you start on that journey and what mistakes can you avoid? Hear from an organisation facing these challenges and understand the lessons learnt on their journey.

  • What technology challenges does connecting the unconnected have?
  • Are there any quick wins to accelerate your projects?
  • How does accessing new data change how you manage it within your business?
  • What impact does interoperability standards have in connecting the unconnected?
  • What can we learn from initial projects to enable future ones?

Rami Avidan, Managing Director IoT, Tele2

10:30 – 11:15 Implementing change, transforming business

The Optical market place, which has been a stable bricks and mortar environment for many years is undergoing a number of disruptions caused by the emergence of new technologies in the optical process, greater use of the internet and mobile by customers and the increasing desire from customers to be in control of how and when they interact with the store.

In response to this, Specsavers is extending its customer journey out of their stores, on to customers’ devices and into their homes, using innovative IoT technologies in store and personalising customer interactions.

How are Specsavers responding to this change?

How are they using IoT technology to meet customer needs?

What technology choices did they make to implement this transformation?

What impact are these choices making on it’s core infrastructure and cloud based systems?

This session will address the potential disruptions, the journey and the technology choices they made to implement IoT systems as well as the opportunities they offer.

David Guest, CTO, Specsavers

11:15-11:45 Networking refreshment break and one-to-one meetings

Data-driven disruption – Seizing competitive advantage moving from reactive to predictive maintenance

IoT enabled data driven predictive maintenance is becoming relevant in all the major industries as it can drive efficiency by providing higher levels of safety and quality at a fraction of the current costs, but what happens after a failure is predicted, the need for maintenance is detected or a part replacement is required? Even if you can predict failures, dynamic technician scheduling associated with equipment maintenance management requires insight into real-time held inventory, technician location and estimated service completion time.

  • IoT enabled intelligent fleet/asset management
  • Steps to create a data platform for real-time information flow
  • Squeezing the asset – identifying new opportunities from existing data flow
  • Challenges to implementing IoT enabled predictive maintenance
  • Information visualisation, layered architecture for Sensing, Communication, Service and Infrastructure

Kalman Tiboldi, Chief Business Innovation Officer, TVH Group


Harden the IoT: Strengthening your IoT design

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is focused on improving the security of software. Its key mission is to make software security visible so that individuals and organisations worldwide can make informed decisions about true software security risk.
The most well known, mature and “flagship” project is “The OWASP Top 10 Most Critical Web Application Security Risks” which has made its way into many of the major security frameworks in use today.
This presentation and demonstration will take a look at a number of Flagship, Lab & Incubator Open Source Projects which can provide real benefits to security professionals, developers and enterprises.

Adrian Winkles, OWASP Cambridge

 13:00 14:00

Networking Lunch

14:00-14:45 INTERACTIVE DEMO: Bluetooth Beacon Applications & Real World Developer Issues

2014 was the year when many organizations ran initial pilot projects and 2015 was the year of large beacon deployments. ABI Research predicts there will be a 60-million-unit market by 2019. This session will review fundamental beacon concepts and the issues facing developers in the real world.

A selection of beacon frame formats including iBeacon, AltBeacon and Eddystone will be introduced and the session will explore the technicalities and issues that can be faced when developing a beacon application and there will be a live beacon demonstration.

  • Apple iBeacon vs AltBeacon vs Google EddyStone
  • Under the hood How Bluetooth Smart Beacons work
  • Application issues including APIs
  • Testing methods and tips

Martin Woolley, Technical Programme Manager, Bluetooth SIG

14:45-15:15 Data visualisation – IoT insights

How can you leverage the huge volume of information generated by diverse sources to ensure better insights on your IoT project?

Hear from a seasoned analyst to:

  • Explore best practices for analysing fast-moving data
  • What tools are available to help deduce meaningful information?
  • What platform choices are available and are they ready for scale?

Saverio Romeo, Principal Analyst, Beecham Research

15:15-15:45 Addressing standards fragmentation to make way for mass IoT adoption

Without standards, the potential of IoT and its mass adoption will never be fully realised. Yet, how can standards be developed when such diverse systems exist? This discussion will seek to explore how the market can address fragmentation of standards and examine the best way forward to accelerate IoT adoption.


  • Establishing the importance and challenges of developing IoT standards
  • Is the future divergent or convergent? Can a universal standard ever be reached?
  • What security implications exist with the current standards regime?
  • What are the risks of fragmentation?
  • How can progress be accelerated?

William Webb, CEO, Weightless SIG

 15:45-16:30 LIVE DEMONSTRATION: Designing & building in security and privacy to IoT

This Demonstration will showcase how vulnerable designs can be when they’ve not been created with security at the forefront on the engineering and coding.

  • The fundamentals for designing with security in mind
  • A look at how current IoT products can be hacked
  • How these products could have been hardened during their development
  • The ‘must do’s to strengthen IoT design

Ken Munro, Security Specialist, Pen Test Partners

16:30-16:45  Chairman’s closing remarks

End of Conference