Australia’s premier Internet of Things (IoT) industry conference, IoT Impact, is moving to February 17, 2022, in response to the current COVID situation.

The one-day event, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, is the major annual conference of Australia’s peak IoT industry body, IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA).

It is also the largest gathering in Australia of a wide range of industries and government bodies to discuss the role of IoT in tackling the nation’s challenges.

Holding the event in-person will give attendees a unique opportunity to meet and learn from their counterparts in other sectors, said IoTAA CEO Frank Zeichner.

IoT Impact will focus on issues that have been especially critical during the pandemic – including the resilience of Australian supply chains. The event will also lay out opportunities to use IoT to relieve pressure on the nation’s stretched healthcare system.

Speakers will also examine how IoT can help the energy and water sectors transition to more distributed energy and a circular economy. And they will examine failures of smart city initiatives and a better way forward for those projects.  

At the event, thought leaders will address IoT scalability challenges by laying out a framework for interoperability by design. And they will weigh-in on the debate about cybersecurity laws versus self-regulation.

The event will also cover data broking models, food and agriculture, manufacturing and connectivity. Sponsors include ASUS, IBM, Inauro, KPMG, NNNCo, Optus and TeamViewer.

“IoT Impact is the event you want to be at, if you want to know what others are doing in IoT and what best practice is,” Zeichner said.

“It is also a window on what’s possible with IoT. People who still find the technology a bit arcane can meet and hear from those involved in leading IoT Australian initiatives,” he added.

The IoT Impact 2022 agenda will be published on the IoT Hub web site soon. In the meantime, you can buy tickets and register for further news about the event.

In the lead-up to the event, speakers will appear in IoT Hub interviews and attendees will be able to submit questions they would like answered at the event.

IoT Awards nominations to open

Meanwhile, nominations for the 2021 IoT Awards will open on August 9, with the winners to be announced in a digital ceremony later this year.

The awards recognise that real-time data is increasingly important to Australian industry, government and citizens. This year they will include new awards for achievements in IoT interoperability, security and data use. The awards will also place a greater emphasis on diversity and inclusion. 

The 2020 IoT Awards attracted more than 100 entrants from government, industry and academia. Nominated projects included data sharing initiatives by local governments, projects that used IoT to monitor people movement during the pandemic, a Wi-Fi rollout encompassing hundreds of NSW Health sites, and a university program that aimed to change education about cyber-physical systems. 

Register here to be alerted when the IoT Awards nominations open.