Internet of Things debated over Cisco’s National Virtual Incubator network

The first ever quadruple-location National Virtual Incubator (NVI) event took place on 3rd July 2013. The four NVI Nodes that took part were spread across the UK; the University of Abertay in Dundee, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s Digital Enterprise Greenwich, Innovation Birmingham and Sunderland Software City.

The collaborative event took place in Innovation Birmingham Campus’ Boardroom, utilising connections via the Cisco state-of-the-art video conferencing equipment that is located in the Ideas and Communications Suite. Attendees had travelled from across the region to participate, including a broad mix of SMEs, along with global firms such as Jaguar Land Rover, and a Senior Lecturer from Birmingham City University.

Following networking time in Faraday Street, the event kicked-off with a 90 minute workshop, debating how the Internet of Things influences our daily lives and how this may evolve and expand in future.

The workshop session was followed by two hours of presentations from the participating Nodes, including a talk by Innovation Birmingham Campus-based David Burden of Daden. Other speakers included Ian Foddering, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer and Maurizo Pilu from the Connected Digital Economy Catapult. The event was chaired by Richard Foggie from the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Internet of Things Special Interest Group.

The NVI’s Internet of Things event was made possible by sponsorship from Smarter Working West Midlands, which is part-funded by the European Union.

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