This year the Digital Catapult ran its first Things Connected innovation programme for startups and SMEs – giving access to their London LoRaWAN network and support in developing products, providing a showcase and introductions to potential clients, partners etc.
Thames Valley Game Changer Thingitude was accepted onto the programme, and recently graduated at a showcase in London. Mark Stanley, director and co-founder of Thingitude attended the event. “It was a very well attended event – I’d guess around 70 people from larger organisations, investors, local authorities came to see the products on offer and talk to the startups. Each of us took to the stage to present our work and then there was lots of time at our stands to meet the audience and talk in more detail about their hopes for IoT, listen to suggestions, and find shared interests. There was a great buzz about the place and it has led to several follow-on meetings.”
One such conversation has resulted in Thingitude providing consultancy to Digital Catapult to design and run future Things Connected innovation programmes. “The Catapult was impressed with our work in building a community around The Things Network in the Reading area, and with the engagement and projects we delivered for Reading 2016 Year of Culture. I am really excited at the opportunity to help UK startups and SMEs innovate Internet of Things solutions and grow our share of the market.”
Since being awarded #50gamechanger status, Thingitude has also been running a trial project with a UK utility company. “We have re-used code and ideas from the crowd-sense device that we developed with UTC Reading students at Grow@GreenPark last summer to work in the home., and can’t wait to discover the results of the trial!” said Mark. “With this, plus a traffic light experiment we are doing with Reading Council, it is shaping up to be a promising year!”