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Internet of SXSW Things
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IoT events to look for at tech’s annual mecca


It’s that time of year again — Mission Data is joining with tech leaders from all over the world at SXSW in Austin, Texas, beginning March 9. Among the many hot topics this year, the Internet of Things (IoT) continues to be at the forefront of discussion. As we continue growing our OpSense IoT platform bringing smart monitoring to retail and restaurant operations (among other use cases), we’re excited to see how industry experts, startups, and influencers shape the conversation around operational technology, wireless infrastructure, data collection, and more. If you’re attending SXSW and are interested in topics around the IoT, here are some of the more intriguing talks and events on our radar:

How Connectivity Will Control Everything We Know

While everyone’s focused on apps and devices, this panel will discuss the latest innovations and challenges in connectivity — the glue holding our digital world together. It will be interesting to hear any predictions for 5G and quantum computing, among other trends in data velocity.

Technology + Buildings: Creating a New Experience

Filed under the “Intelligent Future” track, this panel will share how developments in sensor technology, machine learning, automation, and analytics are changing the functionalities of the built environment. The panel includes Dr. Joseph Paradiso of the Responsive Environments Group at MIT’s Media Lab and Mark Syp, a computational designer whose client work includes Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters.

Designing Cashless Cities

China is leading the way in cashless payments, thanks to Ant Financial and Ali Pay. Hear from Shanying Leung, design director at Ant Financial, on how cashless design is improving equal opportunities and living conditions across China.

Changing the World with Open, Long-Range IoT

As sensors become less expensive with more durable batteries, low-power wide area networks (LPWANs) are becoming more widely used for a variety of IoT use cases. In this workshop, guided by Jan Jongboom of Arm and Johan Stokking of The Things Network, attendees will build a system for dust particle monitoring.

Hands-on with Android Things

This workshop walks attendees through Android Things, Google’s Android-based device OS for the IoT. Led by Melissa Daniels and George Stewart, developers will dive into familiar tools with Android Studio and the Android SDK to discover how the platform can support product development.

A Matter of National Cyber Security: Fixing the IoT

As the IoT becomes more ubiquitous, how can developers better design secure interactions? Led by members of the Black Women in Science and Engineering organization, this panel features entrepreneurs in the smart grid and Homeland Security sectors.

If you know of other great IoT-related events happening at SXSW 2018, please let us know. And if you would like to connect at the conference, you can contact us here — we’d love to hear from you!