#IoTCatSXSW: Members Meeting and IoT Insiders Happy Hour

This past Sunday, the IoTC held our quarterly members meeting & IoT Insiders SXSW Happy Hour in Austin, Texas. To start the jam-packed day, the members meeting was graciously hosted by Mutual Mobile at their headquarters, where our hosts were joined by IoTC members and advisors traveling to Austin for the SXSW Interactive Festival. The day featured a wide variety of networking opportunities, engaging group discussions, and thought provoking presentations.

President & CEO Greg Kahn began the afternoon with a recap of the IoTC’s activities, observations, and trends coming out of CES and Mobile World Congress. Monica Fogg of The Weather Company shared a talk on AI: The Watson Perspective covering the intersection of IBM’s artificial intelligence engine Watson and the latest in IoT technology. Afterward, Aaron Allsbrook, CTO of Clearblade, presented A Revolution: Industry 4.0 & the Third Wave, an in-depth look at the Industrial IoT opportunity supported by some great case studies. Andrew Thomas, Co-Founder of Skybell, spoke to the audience recounting how his company rose to IoT success -- From Crowdfunding to IoT Startup Success Story. Bringing the meeting to a close was Tarun Nimmagadda, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of Mutual Mobile, who delivered an inspiring vision of IoT and health entitled Connected Self 2.0: The Future of Fitness and Health Tech.

Lively discussion and networking carried on well into the night in Austin at our IoT Insiders SXSW Happy Hour, co-hosted with Anova. Our IoT executive and entrepreneur guests enjoyed great food, drinks, and conversation against a backdrop of amazing downtown Austin views. In addition, Anova showcased its smart Precision Cooker with a custom demo station for cooking and sampling some delicious sous vide bites. 

With another successful SXSW Festival in the books, it was a wonderful opportunity to form special bonds with the ever-growing IoTC community. As we look ahead, keep an eye out for more information about our next meeting in the coming months.