20 Oct Let’s Build Indie IoT Systems for our Homes Instead
Thursday, October 20, 2016
5:30: Networking around stage area
It’s free, but to get in you must register for a free pass at: http://gateway.iottechexpo.com/north-america/free-expo-pass/register/
This should be fun and a good way to take a look at the exhibits at the same time. Hope to see you there!
Post Meeting Take-Away
According to conventional wisdom, installing an IoT system inevitably means to invite the vendor and their around-the-clock surveillance into our homes. Systems are hermetically sealed, impossible to customize, repair, or extend, and ship lots of personal data back to the vendor’s cloud for purposes that, usually, are murky at best. But does it have to be that way? Johannes argues that “Indie IoT” systems, independent of the vendor’s cloud, extensible, repairable and forkable by the user or their favorite “handyman”, like anything else in the home, would be a much better deal for the customer. Nor are they technically impossible either; plenty of examples in the maker community prove that. Now we just need to bring them to market, so users have a better choice than submitting to the technology overlords. Let’s do it!
Johannes Ernst is an entrepreneur and technologist, based in Silicon Valley. His current startup, Indie Computing, develops UBOS Linux and related services, which make personal servers and intelligent gateway-class devices much easier to maintain. Previously, he built a wide variety of systems from embedded software to a NoSQL graph database, from digital identity to mobile healthcare. He has always advocated for technology that puts the user in control, and believes that nowhere is that as important as for the IoT. He has a master’s and doctorate in EE, and was distinguished as a “Technology Pioneer” by the World Economic Forum.