We ran two events in in Leeds, and Bradford and heard from dozens of businesses, makers, innovators, and city leaders. Speaking with over a hundred attendees we discovered challenges and got ideas on how to solve them using IoT.

At ODILeeds on the 11th and 12th of February we're going to build on the ideas we've come up with. Everyone's welcome but if you're an SME we can offer even more support. Click to sign-up now.

Before the 11th I wanted to collate some of the thoughts from our preliminary events. It's a long list but I's love to add things that you think I may have missed.

  • Internet-connected electro-fusion welders. These will give instant feedback on the quality of the joints that carry our water, gas, cables, and oil underground
  • Monster Mesh networking boxes. These will tackle isolation by creating a truly local social network with minimal set-up
  • NFCRing to securely prove your identity. This secure system could be applied to unlock your phone or unlock doors in a hospital
  • A connected playbox to bring play to communities everywhere. It would inform people of its presence and respond to their requests
  • Playful IoT applications like trackable ducks to measure potholes or trackable toys to run a toy library
  • Bus beacons to turn digital bus timetables into physical and understandable tools
  • Boxes monitoring pollution and location of buses to help us understand our city better
  • The Things Network, built on LoRaWAN, to tie everything together in a free and open way
  • The Republic of Things to provide the expertise, security, and local knowledge to run a trusted and reliable Internet of Things company. From connectivity to database management they offer it
  • Amazon Web Services, to provide a massively scalable backend for IoT using the tools that developers already understand. Amazon's IoT starter kits are a great introduction to IoT

Have I missed any ideas? Send me an email at thomas.forth@gmail.com and I'll add them! I'm particularly interested in the challenge that Bradford City Council have set us: to use IoT to help us improve education and skills in our region. If you've got a great idea, I'd love to help you build it.