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Work updates: New work with Bosch & a day of workshops at Mozfest

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Two things that have been keeping me busy for a while (and will continue to do so):

Building bridges with BoschSI

Together with Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino (Designswarm) I’ve been working with the good folks over at Bosch Software Innovations on building bridges between the company and the #iot, startup, designer, and developer communities. Focused around a conference, this is one of several projects to foster collaboration between the various scenes, actors and disciplines that make up the larger #iot ecosystem.

More on this soon.

Connected Home at Mozfest

In early November I’ll be headed to London for Mozfest for a few days of connected home fun. In a highly collaborative (and I daresay agile) fashion, Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino, Marcel Schouwenaar & Harm van Beek and I will be taking over a space inside the Global Village, a series of spaces that explore all things “connected home/space” in its various facets.

For me this is a bit of a singularity event in that it combines a whole bunch of strands and projects I’ve been working on:

Working closely with these fine people is the best thing ever. To say I’m very much looking forward to these few days would be an understatement.

The year of the connected device, but consumer IoT startups face big challenges

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Over on the BoschSI Internet of Things blog, I contributed a short piece on the challenges that startups in the consumer IoT space are facing.

There is hardly any doubt that 2014 is the year when connected devices – particularly wearables – will go mainstream. Technology tradeshows and media alike are practically bursting at the seams with new products, concepts, and announcements for connected devices.

It’s worth noting that this is quite a special slice of the Internet of Things: this isn’t about the industrial internet, it’s about bringing the IoT to consumers. This is a very different story altogether, a segment with its own opportunities, challenges, and dynamics, one that exists at the intersection of various verticals – think home automation, wearables, connected mobility, personal analytics, health tech. It’s a space where the lines aren’t yet fully drawn, the terminology not yet fully evolved – which is usually a sign of a field that’s moving quickly and innovating. In other words, this is where some truly innovative and interesting stuff is happening.

Read the full text here.