What are the Meet-Ups…?
Run by Simon Baker, the Cloud Foundry/Bluemix Ecosystem Meet-Ups are held every 4-5 weeks at Rainmaking Loft in London. They are designed to help like-minded Cloud Foundry and Bluemix companies network and share skills and insight to help overcome business challenges, drive customer solutions and increase revenue opportunity.
Coming from a CTO and CIO background, Leon Koutsovasilis is a global technology leader, who focuses on strategy and delivery to help optimise company practices.
Xaeus Blue is a technology and digital business consultancy. Specialising in digital business, digital delivery and M&A support, Xaeus Blue supports various industries including Financial Services, Travel, Retail, Healthcare and Investment Management. Within these industries, the company can support disruptive digital business transformation, creating digital services and products, digital business strategy and post-deal portfolio value enhancement.
Virtual Technologies act as business to IT consultants, providing their customers with business advice & guidance and implementation of intranets, extranets, public websites and general systems integration. Their company consists of a network of freelance consultants with comprehensive Internet and IT skills.
Focusing on the use of Blockchain technology, Oraclize aims to provide parts of the infrastructure needed to build smart, relevant and useful decentralised applications. Their focus industry has a wide range, including Travel & Transport, Finance and Security.
One specific example of the use of their software was discussed: using Blockchain to support claims of refugees. If data from their own country, such as the destruction of their home, was stored on Blockchain, it could be used to show an element of their personal situation from whatever country they have arrived from. This information could then be used when they arrive somewhere new as refugees to prove where they have come from.
Whilst this data may not be accepted by government bodies, it could be used to support the individuals’ claims in the interim before it is determined if they are entitled to refugee status.
Transport API is an open platform that allows developers to create transport solutions. The platform harnesses big data from open data feeds from companies such as Traveline, Transport for London and Network Rail, to give a source of manageable data that is simple to integrate into existing systems.
The Internet of Things…
One of the most searched phrases about the Internet of Things is: “Is it real?”.
By 2020, up to 50 billion devices will be connected to the internet. The Internet of Things is a machine to machine net of sensors, actuators and processors, that allows devices that are connected to the internet to interact with each other.
Computing devices, objects, mechanical machines and digital machines are given unique identifiers. They are then given the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-computer interaction.
The Internet of Things is used across many industries, including Smart Homes, Smart Cities, Environment and Healthcare through devices such as smart metres, smart pills and monitoring patches. More data can be collected from appliances, which allows companies to see where improvements can be made to their appliance and leads to a subsequent increase in the efficiency of the appliance.
The Next Meet-Up…
The next Cloud Foundry/Bluemix Ecosystem Meet-Up will be held at Rainmaking Loft on the 26th of April at 6pm. There will be new speakers at the event, who will be aiming to share their knowledge and insight into their specific industries and areas of technology. If you’re interested in attending the event, please register here. We’d love to see you there!