Exploring the Internet of Things

Our second collaborative event with Sheffield Digital is this week. We’ll be welcoming a great line-up fo speakers to tell us about latest developments in #IoT / Internet of Things technology. Professionally curious? See you Thursday.

Press Release

More than just talking fridges – a proper look at the potential of the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things and its potential to transform our lives is the subject of free Barnsley business event.
Technology entrepreneurs and anyone interested in learning more about this new technology are invited to the Digital Media Centre (DMC) on Thursday February 9th.
The event ‘Exploring the Internet of Things (IoT)’ has been organised by the DMC, Barnsley’s leading digital and creative business hub, in collaboration with Sheffield Digital, an organisation dedicated to promoting digital industries across the region.
Speakers will include Paul Beech and Emma Cooper from Sheffield-based Pimoroni, the only company in Europe to be a hardware kit partner for Google’s new IoT platform – Android Things. Their Rainbow HAT (hardware added on top) product is designed to enhance the IoT development capabilities of Raspberry Pi.
Sheffield entrepreneur Roy Woodhead, owner of consultancy IoT Transforms, will also talk about how he sees the Internet of Things helping to bring about the next Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0).
And Julian Tait, co-founder of Greater Manchester-based IoT and data specialists The Garden, will talk about his company’s role in building a public IoT infrastructure for the city. This is owned by the community and open to all, to create their own IoT applications.
‘Exploring the Internet of Things’ is part of a series of events to encourage digital and creative businesses, as well as people interested in the digital industries, to innovate and collaborate.
Mel Kanarek, of Sheffield Digital, said: “As is always the case with developments in technology, the hype can distract from the real benefits and potential applications, and IoT is no exception. This event will go beyond the headlines about talking fridges to explore what the Internet of Things is all about and the breadth of potential it offers.”
Tracey Johnson, DMC project manager, said: “We’re delighted to host the second of our events looking at some of the most significant technology innovations of the day. As ever, as well as hearing from speakers, people will have the chance to see demos of IoT applications and get their hands on the hardware.”
The Digital Media Centre is a creative and digital business hub and part of a portfolio of business support and office accommodation available through Enterprising Barnsley, which is part of Barnsley Council.
Sheffield Digital is an organisation for businesses and individuals involved in Sheffield’s digital industries which aims to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region.
‘Exploring the Internet of Things will be held at the Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW, on Thursday February 9, 5.30pm – 8pm. Refreshments will be served.

Notes to Editor

The Digital Media Centre is a hub for creative, digital and innovative businesses managed by Enterprising Barnsley, part of Barnsley Council, which aims to help Barnsley businesses start-up, develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs. The DMC is home to more than 40 businesses including several digital technology enterprises and delivers a wide range of business events and workshops.
Sheffield Digital is an organisation set up to connect, represent and promote businesses and individuals involved in Sheffield’s digital industries. It aims to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region. To do this, it brings together the people and businesses that make up Sheffield’s digital industries, to foster networking, collaboration and learning; it provides a single, powerful voice for the digital community in order to influence policy makers and educators; and it shouts about the region’s digital businesses and their capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.
The next DMC / Sheffield Digital collaborative event will be held on March 9.
For further information about the Digital Media Centre and the event, contact Tracey Johnson / Ben Hawley on 01226 720700 or traceyjohnson@barnsley.gov.uk
For further information about Sheffield Digital and the event please contact Mel Kanarek on mel@sheffield.digital or call 07710 695030.