Gathering more than 700 participants, two major IoT events – IoT Week 2017 and Global IoT Summit (GIoTS) started today at Geneva’s International Convention Centre (CICG). The entire week, dedicated to latest developments and innovations in IoT domain, started on June 6 with opening speeches from Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum Founder and President, Sébastien Ziegler, President of IoT Forum & Director of Mandat International and Antonio Skarmeta from Odin Solutions.
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IoT Week & GIoTS kick off – Day 1 – 06.06.2017.
IoT Visions at keynote sessions
This was followed by a special video message from Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, who is widely known as a Father of the Internet. The speakers also join a lively discussion, pointing out that we need to focus on interoperability, design for privacy, engineer security & think about life-cycle management.
The afternoon keynote session included an inspiring talk about digital transformation and IoT, which was delivered by Marianne Janik, Country General Manager from Microsoft Switzerland, who said that IoT means business model change. Another view from large industries was presented to the IoT Week participants by Jan Camenisch, IBM Research’s Principal Research Staff Member. He spoke about data privacy and security, pointing out that the current cost of identity theft worldwide amounts to 15 billion USD.
The session IPv6-based IoT Deployment Around the World gathered speakers from the 5 Continents to outline the deployment efforts of IPv6-based IoT research and best practices. The deployment in different countries is taking different shapes and forms considering the differing continental user requirements at this stage of deployment. We have been given different views and perspectives from all corners of the world.
Workshops on hot and emerging topics
The whole-day workshop on Globally Interoperable IoT Identification and Data Processing featured experts, such as one of the inventers of the Internet, Turing Award winner and designer of the Digital Object Architecture, Dr. Robert Kahn and Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Computing and Data Facility RDA Director Europe.
A set of workshops covering a range of topics on smart cities was organized by SynchroniCity and Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) with a general title “IoT Platform Convergence for Smart Cities”. They kept the attention of the audience for the entire day, so that the conference room was packed even during the last session of the day.
GIoTS Workshop “Edge Computing for Internet of Things” was organized by IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Future Directions Committee on IoT and covered Current and future trends in edge computing (EC), M2M data processing, management and storage at EC platforms, Virtualization of EC functionalities, Security, privacy and trust in IoT and EC and similar related topics.
Panel Discussion – SDG: IoT for Environment
During the panel “IoT for Environment (SDG 13,14 & 15)”, Mr. Edwin Hecker highlighted how IoT technologies can help protect forestry and biodiversity, as well as improve the agricultural production, while reversing the land degradation. ‘’Data-driven farming does ‘more with less’. Optimization of natural resources will preserve our environment for generations to come, while enabling better yields and food products’’.
In addition to the official program, numerous private meetings were held during the first conference day, which is always a great chance for different projects’ teams to meet and discuss the next steps.
The Hackathon competition kicked off and already started with several interesting workshops. In the following three days, the teams will compete for the big prizes. Stay tuned.