By 2020, 95% of electronic products will be connected to, and supported by, Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The forecast, made by the authoritative American agency Gartner on the upcoming developments in the digitalisation of the Internet of things, was the starting point at the IoT&Startups workshop held on 22 March at the Enel Innovation Hub in Madrid. The event was organised in collaboration with Unlimiteck, a catalyst for young businesses and innovation, and TheCube, Spain’s most important startup accelerator.
The workshop offered a thorough assessment of the impact of IoT technology on companies and people: the evolution of digital innovation will allow an ever larger number of machines and objects, even in everyday use, to connect to the Internet and communicate with one another. The Internet of Things is a sector that is already having a major impact on the digitalisation of the energy industry, as well as on electronic products in general. Silvia Mendez, of Enel Innovation Hub Madrid, who introduced the debate, discussed this with, among others, Fabiola Pérez, Metiora CEO, and Rebecca Crowe, Managing Director Spain Sigfox, two leading IoT operators in Spain. One of the themes that emerged was the growing need for companies and users to adopt effective cybersecurity tools to defend platforms and products against cyber attacks.
Over 70 experts and representatives of startups and big companies attended the event, including IoT and Big Data managers at Ericsson, Vodafone, and GDF Suez, who made it possible for the hashtag of the day - #EnelMadridInnovationHub - to become a trending topic on Twitter in Spain.
The workshop dedicated to the IoT was the second in a series of events that will see our Hub in Madrid host meetings and debates on the main trends in digital innovation.