The final Speaker Series event for 2016 was "Things and the Internet."
The Internet of Things (IoT) involves everyday objects being subject to network connectivity, allowing data to be sent and received. Think self driving cars, smart heating and health monitoring. The IoT has the potential to transform many aspects of our lives. More automation, autonomous systems and machine based connectivity to benefit our homes, our businesses and our communities.
While this poses some great economic opportunities for New Zealand, it also raises some important questions about safety and privacy. How do we ensure users are informed and safe? What are the considerations for creators? How can we provide more opportunities for everyone to contribute and innovate?
Panelists for the events were:
- John Edwards, Privacy Commissioner
- Hiria Te Rangi, Whare Hauora (a start-up to create affordable 'WhareSensors' to measure the healthiness of a home.)
- Dr Erika Pearson, Senior Lecturer at Massey University
- John Hart, FabLab (helping people turn their designs and digital files into actual things)
- Panel chair: Andrew Cushen, Deputy chief Executive of InternetNZ
They discussed creations, skills, security and ethics around the Internet of Things.
The free event took place from 5.00pm, 8 December at our Wellington offices - Level 11, 80 Boulcott St.
The event was live-streamed. You can watch the full recording here:
We have recently published a discussion starter document outlining our thoughts and questions on the Internet of Things. You can read this here:
Code of conduct
There is a code of conduct for our speaker series events and all attendees are expected to adhere to this code of conduct. You can view this here.