Our Top 5 Topics to Look Out for at O’Reilly Solid

As media partners with O’Reilly Solid and in anticipation of attending next week, we thought we would give you guys an indication of what topics we’re looking forward to discussing and discovering more about over the course of the two days. We have also given you a heads up on some of the key presentations taking place that we believe will be particular highlights in the schedule.

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1) When the ‘World of Things’ becomes the ‘Internet of Things’

In this topic we are given an initial introduction in to the capabilities of connecting objects to the web. Some of the leading industry players will be providing real life contexts and examples of how objects can function at an intelligent level, providing much more value to the end user. Be sure to check out these talks on the topic.


11.15am, Beyond Gadgets: Interactive Everything, Ivan Poupyrev, Google

1.45pm, A Lamppost Is A Thing Too, Tom Armitage

2.55pm, Designing Automatic: Combine Equal Parts Hardware, Software, and Cloud, then Stir, Ljuba Milijkovic, Automatic Labs

4.50pm, Intelligent Connectivity. It’s What’s Next. Laurie Yoler, Qualcomm Technologies Inc.

2) IoT: The Opportunities and Threats for Business

Once at O’Reilly Solid, many of the talks are going to be centered around how to best exploit the opportunities that are available to businesses, whilst avoiding those unnecessary challenges along the way. Here are some of the more interesting presentations that will take place in this area.


2.05pm, Beyond the Early Adopter, When IoT Cracks Mainstream, Alex Hawkinson, SmartThings


9.40am, Unleash the Potential of the Internet of Things through Intelligent Systems, Steve Teixeira, Microsoft

3.25pm, Giving Factories a Voice in the Age of the Industrial Internet, Joseph Salvo, GE Global Research

5.40pm, Emerging Markets and the IoT: Why Devices Designed for High-Income Countries Don’t Work and What to Do About It, Timothy Prestero, Design that Matters

3) The Baffling Big Data Questions?

As we connect more and more devices to the internet, the industry needs to start asking some critical questions around the security and management of data. Here are some of the talks in this area that we think you’ll find of particular interest.


2.35pm, Data Vehicles for Open Mobility in Cities, Kamal Farah, MIT Media Lab


3.45pm, Your Thing is pwnd – Security Challenges for IoT, Paul Freemantle, WSO2

6.00pm, The Internet of Things Democracy, Yodit Stanton, Opensensors.io

4) Good UX Will Drive Forward Adoption of the IoT

As an increasing barrier to adoption, serious consideration needs to be given to how user experience can inhibit usage of IoT enabled devices. In this topic speakers will discuss what the key challenges are and how we can attempt to overcome them. Check out these talks for a more insightful perspective.


2.35pm, G28 Machine UX, You’re Drunk, Mike Estee, Other Machine Co

3.25pm, Bringing to Life Wearable Ideas and Rapid Prototyping using Arduino, Moe Tanabian, Samsung Mobile


11.45am, Building for Resilience, Abe Gong, Jawbone

2.35pm, Beyond the Screen: Humans as Input-Output Devices, Kelsey Breseman, Technical Machine

5) Bonus Round: The Big Idea Presentations


9.20am, Keynote with Rodney Brooks, Rethink Robotics

5.40pm, Life: Sustainable Programmable Bottom-up Manufacturing, Andrew Hessel, Autodesk Inc.


2.05pm, Aging in Place: How the IoT Can Bring the Mountain of Social Connectedness to a Massive, Growing Market of Elderly Users, Thomas Brady, Reaction Inc.

Hope this has whet your appettite a little, and we hope to see you at Solid!

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