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Each year The Lunaticks Society of Newcastle hosts a range of talks on innovation and new thinking in a digital age. This year, the Society is pleased to announce its inaugural Australian Internet of Things Forum. Which is scheduled for 15th May 2014.

This Forum will question what needs to be done to ensure Australian cities [like Newcastle] and industries take the lead in Internet of Things (IoT) innovation and adoption, and discuss ways to boost technological innovation and benefit from the impact of technology.

This Forum is open to C-level executives and managers from the three tiers of government and the wider public sector, as well as private companies, whose work relates to the IT operating environment including manufacturers, distributors and suppliers of IoT infrastructure, products and services.

When: 15th May 2014

Where: Concert Hall, Newcastle City Hall

Speakers include:

  • Prof Philip Ogunbona, Professor and Director ICT Research Institute University of Wollongong

  • Kate Carruthers, IT Manager, Engineering Faculty UNSW Australia

  • Dr Andrew Mears, Founder and Managing Director SwitchdIn

  • Dr Mark Balnaves, School of Design Communication and IT University of Newcastle

  • Eric Carson, Business Intelligence Director Kinetic Information Systems

  • Dr Anthony Laskovski, VP and Co-founder VIMOC Technologies

  • Jean-Jacques Dubray, Founder Convergence Modeling

  • Barry Lener, Chief Technology Officer Huawei Australia


It will also put a spotlight on Newcastle IoT [Smart City] projects and success stories such as:

  • VIMOC Technologies – Smart Street project which has been entered in Cisco’s US$250,000 Internet of Things Grand Challenge.

  • Switchdin – revolutionary cloud platform to manage community solar panel networks.

  • M2Mlogic – smart transport management system to optimise public transport performance

  • RDA Hunter/DevFU – Internet of Things educational program for Hunter high schools.

  • University of Newcastle - enter a team in the inaugural Maritime RobotX Challenge which is an international competition for students organised by the US Office of Naval Research


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