by Jennifer Hough on Oct 21, 2014 first published in Techvibes
Imagine if your alarm could tell your coffee pot to switch on; your coffee pot could notify your office you are going to be late; your fridge could order your grocery shopping and your office equipment orders its own supplies.
If the Internet of things (IoT) movement delivers on what it’s promising, life is about to get a whole lot simpler—anything that can be connected, will be connected.
A conference happening in Toronto on Oct 24 and 26 explores creating a connected world with smart technology.
SmarkWeek 2014 cofounder and lecturer Helen Kontozopoulos says it's a week to explore how we can make our lives, work, and play a bit more smarter by creating a conversation between machine to machine and ourselves.
Kontozopoulos says it’s grown beyond anything she expected, from a one-DAY event to a three-day event with global offshoots.
“Six months ago when we started putting the conference together, I would mention IoT and only industry and tech people got it. Since then, it seems everywhere and there is a ton of conferences happening. Also in the media with wearables, drones, google glass, google nest, and the smart technology,” she said.
“The vision was to create a one-day event to explore emerging smart technologies and strategies that are shaping our connected world and challenging us all to see how IoT and M2M (machine to machine technologies) are transforming our lives every day," Kontozopoulos added.
“Our lineup of speakers and sponsors for SmarkWeek are among the most respected in the industry and we are excited to be live streaming many of the conference sessions and offering them post-event on YouTube," she said.
Kontozopoulos says it was important to have IoT startups from Montreal, Waterloo, Ottawa, Palo Alto and Toronto to showcase what they are working on. Companies such as reelyActive from Montreal, which works on smart spaces, is just one of the many that'll present at the conference.
Cofounders Kontozopoulos and Mario Grech are also lecturers at the University of Toronto's department of computer science. Their classes are about bringing startup methods into the classroom to foster entrepreneurship and create innovation.
"Our aim is to make the university, Toronto, and Canada a polestar for Internet of Things where great minds with big ideas make things happen," Kontozopoulos said. “I have opened up 100 spots for them (students) to come out during the weekend to get recruited by local and international firms like Tata Consultancy Services, Atmel and IBM.”