Raleigh Internet of Things Event to Focus on NC as Center of Internet of Things Activity
Wake Forest, NC– September 10, 2014 – The metro Raleigh area is quickly becoming the center of the new Internet of Things (IoT) community. To underscore and build upon this fact, StepLeader and the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) have joined together to organize the second Raleigh Internet of Things (RIoT) Meetup. The event, free for developers and enthusiasts, will be held Tuesday, September 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM at HQ Raleigh, 310 South Harrington Street, Raleigh, NC.
The first RIoT took place in June of 2014 and, with 80 attendees, far exceeded expectations. Attendees requested a follow up event to allow them to hear more about the creative work being done here, as well as to provide inspiration for new companies waiting in the wings. A driving force of the growing interest is the explosion of the IoT. Gartner states the Internet of Things installed base will grow to 26 billion units by 2020, with Cisco IBSG predicting there will be 25 billion devices connected to the Internet by 2015, and 50 billion by 2020.
According to Matthew Davis, VP of Product Marketing at StepLeader, the first RIoT Meetup was such a success that a second event was a ‘no-brainer.’ “We want to encourage a strong community of IoT enthusiasts, and having this event further establishes North Carolina as a hub for innovation. With so much IoT work happening in Triangle, we knew it was time to reconvene and encourage more development.”
Speakers, which will each give a 7 minute presentation, include Connected Development discussing wireless design services; Verizon Wireless, discussing solutions for M2M as well as their Innovation Program; Device Solutions, who will talk about using existing products to develop a custom solution quickly and cost effectively; and IBM. “Regional IoT leadership is key to economic development success, which is our key focus,” said Larry Steffann, General Manager of the Wireless Research Center. “The event positions our region as the center of IOT, which is important as we are watching our State become the go-to place for Internet of Things — entrepreneurs and industry leaders alike. The strength of our community expands when we come together to share resources and expertise, as we do at WRC.”
Sponsors include Blackstone Entrepreneurs Network, Connected Development, Device Solutions, City of Raleigh Economic Development, Verizon and WakeForest Chamber of Commerce.
To register for the event, visit: http://www.meetup.com/Raleigh-Internet-of-Things-RIoT/events/200756302/
Founded in 2004, StepLeader pioneered mobile app development and monetization for the broadcast media industry. Today, they are again pushing boundaries in mobile development with upcoming product releases that work in tandem with the Internet of Things. www.stepleaderdigital.com
About Wireless Research Center of North Carolina
Headquartered in and supported by the City of Wake Forest, NC, the Wireless Research Center of North Carolina (WRC) is a non-profit organization that offers engineering services and testing for wireless communications. Twice awarded the Golden Leaf Foundation grant, WRC facilitates entrepreneurial development for wireless-enabled technologies. Its global customer base produces a diverse range of wireless products ranging from transceivers to medical devices and rural broadband. WRC fosters collaboration among industry partners, academic institutions and research organizations, and is a CTIA-certified testing facility. For more information, visit www.wirelesscenter-nc.org.