The 40 Most Important Internet of Things Events of 2015

A comprehensive preview of forty of the main IoT events being produced around the world in 2015

Not long after publishing the earlier version of this article, requests began to arrive for additions. Clearly in the present high-octane atmosphere of investment and interest in the Internet of Things, there is no way I was ever going to be able to restrict my picks of top IoT events to just twenty. Accordingly I am now expanding it to forty.

In 2014 there were well over major fifty IoT events, so I doubt that this will be my final list for 2015. But after direct requests from giants like Bosch (@BoschSI), I wanted to publish the expanded list right away, with the usual invitation: if I have STILL failed to include an event you are organizing, sponsoring, or attending, please don’t hesitate to let me know right away — via Twitter where I am @jg21 — and I will happily update and further expand this new and bigger list.

2015 International CES
— According to its advance press statements, this year’s CES will have the largest collection of products, services and technologies that make up the Internet of Things, with more than 900 exhibitors planning to show off their IoT innovations. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry.
Date: 6–9 January, 2015
Venue: Las Vegas, Nevada

IEEE-SA IoT Startup Soiree
— Being held by IEEE during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (2015 International CES)., the Startup Soiree is targeted at nascent IoT)companies and organizations. Open to all registered 2015 International CES attendees, the Soiree will include a presentation highlighting IEEE-SA’s critical role in fostering IoT technology innovation and facilitating market acceleration; an open house for IEEE P2413™, the “IEEE Standard for an Architectural Framework for the Internet of Things ”; and a “Hot Seat” session allowing startup companies to introduce themselves to potential partners and investors.
Date: 8 January, 2015
Venue: Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S228, Las Vegas, NV

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2015
twitter: @wef)
— According to WEF Exec Chairman Klaus Schwab, a major part of Davos 2015 will be devoted to future of the Internet, and it is hard to imagine that future being discussed in any depth without reference to the Internet of Things.
Date: 21–24 January, 2015
Venue: Davos, Switzerland

IoTWF Regional Forum: Milan: Realizing the IoE Opportunity with IoT
IoE and IoT Regional Forums leverage and build on the momentum started at the IoT World Forum (IoTWF) events in Barcelona and Chicago. Working across multiple industries along with ecosystem partners, the IoTWF organizers say the Milan Forum will address real customer problems and provide the critical solutions to make faster and better informed business decisions.
Date: January 26–27, 2015
Venue: Milan, Italy

IoT Evolution Expo: Miami 2015
In the same family of events as M2M Evolution, IoT Evolution Expo is a 4-day event that aims to teach companies how to leverage the Internet of Things to create new sales opportunities, improve business processes, discover new revenue streams, enhance customer engagement, and elevate end user experience. The accompanying Expo will showcase IoT solutions and developments, as well as M2M technologies, and January’s event will include a first ever Drone Zone 360.
Date: 27–30 January, 2015
Venue: Miami Beach Convention Center, Florida

Jfokus IoT
— Sweden’s largest annual developer conference for Java developers, founded in 2007, Jfokus has, for the second year, an IoT sub-section, Jfokus IoT. Organized since its inception by Mattias Karlsson (@matkar).
Date: 2–4 February, 2015
Venue: Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre, Stockholm, Sweden

Bosch ConnectedWorld 2015
(hashtag: #BCW15)
— Executives, thought leaders, and expert speakers will be sharing their best practices and case studies around IoT-empowered products, services, and solutions at Bosch’s annual conference on the Internet of Things. Produced by Bosch Software Innovations (@BoschSI), the conference is aimed at Bosch customers, partners, and employees who work on business and technology strategies to benefit from integrating “things” into systems and processes.
Date: 17–18 February, 2015
Berlin Congress Center, Berlin, German

Mobile World Congress 2015
hashtag: #MWC2015)
— Produced annually by the GSMA, Mobile World Congress is an exclusive event designed for senior leaders and influencers in the mobile industry. Executives from companies like ARM, Ericsson, Micromax, Qualcomm Incorporated and SAP will be delivering keynote addresses.
Date: 2–5 March, 2015
Venue: Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

QCon London 2015: Software Development Conference
hashtag: #qconlondon)
Although IoT is but one of many tracks at QCon London 2015, this is an excellent event for software developers to explore how to design and build for instrumented environments and reactive things, as well as discover what new issues and questions it raises.
Date: 4–7 March, 2015
Venue: The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London

3rd BLN Internet of Things Forum 2015
(hashtag: #IoT15)
Founded in 2013, the first UK-based BLN IoT Forum helped define the commercial opportunities for entrepreneurs in IoT. The third forum will focus on realising the commercial potential of IoT bringing buyers, suppliers and investors in the sector together to talk about doing business, learn more about the funding, the products and the relationships that are needed for success in the market.
Date: 11–12 March, 2015
Robinson College, Cambridge, England

INTERNET OF THINGS Conference|Expo|Meetup|Workshop describes itself as ‘a unique cross industrial event gathering developers, engineers, investors, startups, entrepreneurs, top managers, marketers, researchers, designers, architects and building maintenance and automation experts.’
Date: 12
March, 2015
Venue: ECC “Sokolniki”, Moscow, Russia

Re.Work Internet of Things Summit London
(hashtag: #IOT2015)

— The Internet of Things Summit aims to bring together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Produced by RE.WORK X LTD, the event will showcase the opportunities of the Internet of Things and the potential for a positive impact on business and society.
12–13 March, 2015
ETC Venues, London EC1

CODE_n @ CeBIT 2015: Into the Internet of Things
twitter: @CODE_n)
— CODE_n @ CeBIT is one of Europe’s leading innovation events. When CeBIT opens its doors, CODE_n will once again present 50 of the most promising digital startups from all around the globe over the course of five days. Internationally renowned designers Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram will take on the design of Hall 16. They will develop an impressive architectural approach aimed at bringing this year’s CODE_n theme to life, including a spectacular robotic installation that will turn the idea of industry 4.0 into a true-to-life experience. But there’s even more: a first-class conference program, panel shows and concerts will be rounding off the CODE_n activities at CeBIT 2015.
Date: 16–20 March 2015
Venue: Hall 16, CeBIT 2015, Hannover, Germany

twitter: @IoTNexus)
— Produced by FC Business Intelligence, IoT Nexus is a 2-day expo & conference targeted at “solving the challenges faced by M2M connectivity providers.”
Date: 24–25 March, 2015
Venue: Royal Garden Hotel, London

Net Futures 2015
hashtag #netfutures15)
— Organized under the auspices of the European Commission, NET FUTURES wishes to maximize competitiveness of the European technology industry through the formation of an interconnected community involving companies, organizations and people active in research & innovation, market validation & living lab research, business development, entrepreneurship & enterprise strategy, and policy making. It is expected to be a key event on IoT, open source, smart cities & startups!
Date: 25–26 March, 2015
Brussels, Belgium

M2M & Connected Objects Show 2015
— This event is devoted to exploring how M2M can meet the challenge of developing value-added services related to all the connected objects now proliferating in the world.
Date: 1–2 April, 2015
Venue: CNIT -Paris La Défense, Paris, France

2015 International Conference on Recent Advances in Internet of Things (RIoT)
— Co-located with IoT Asia (see next event, below), RIoT will discuss the recent advances in Internet of Things and the feasibility of extending wireless sensor network technology to become truly ubiquitous with new cloud computing technologies, big data analysis, citizen engagement and governance.
Date: 7–9 April, 2015
MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo & Convention Centre

IoT Asia 2015
hashtag: #IoTAsia)
— Held for the first time in 2014 and organized by the Singapore Industrial Automation Association (SIAA) through the SingEx Group. The second annual IoT Asia event will continue to raise the profile of the IoT industry in Asia Pacific by highlighting relevant technological developments and capabilities to businesses (end-users), augment understanding, and generate interest towards greater IoT adoption.
Date: 8–9 April, 2015
Venue: MAX Atria @ Singapore Expo & Convention Centre

M2M World Congress 2015
— 2-day event produced by World Media Online. The focus will be on IoT applications, IoT solutions and IoT companies for all verticals including automotive, healthcare, asset and fleet management, manufacturing, security, retail point of sales, smart grid, smart metering, smart home and the consumer electronics industry.
Date: 28–29 April, 2015
Grand Connaught Rooms, London WC2

— This event has been created to address new business possibilities from the Internet of Things and Contextual Technology. It will explore new business models, collaborations and partnerships, and radical new ideas. and is being headlined by four remarkable speakers: Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger (author of Big Data: A Revolution) Professor Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, Carlo Ratti (Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab), Robert Scoble (author of Age of Context) and David Rose (author of Enchanted Objects).
Date: 16–17 April, 2015
Venue: Business Design Centre, London N1

IoT Privacy Summit 2015
(hashtag: #IoTPrivacy)
— First held in 2014, the IoT Privacy Summit is part of the Powering Trust Series organized by TRUSTe. The event will again bring together policy makers, privacy professionals, IoT specialists and leading academics to define and explore the privacy needs of the new inter-connected world and scope out the next generation of solutions.
Date: 18 April, 2015
Venue: Computer History Museum, Mountain View, CA

LiveWorx 2015
—Building off the foundation of Axeda Connexion 2014, the name of this event in 2014, LiveWorx 2015 will be offering a program covering best practices for IoT connectivity, cloud platform and app development. Interactive sessions will be led by IoT customers and innovators from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies. The re-branding is one interesting side-effect of both ThingWorx and Axeda having been acquired by PTC in 2014.
Date: 4–7 May, 2015
Venue: Westin Copley Hotel, Boston, MA

Internet of Things Developers Conference
hashtag #IoTDevCon)
— Targeting the IoT product developer, IoT DevCon 2015 will focus on technologies ranging from the ultra-low power microcontrollers to the multicore-enabled aggregation hubs to the software and security infrastructure required for monitoring and management of the enormous bundles of data generated by the virtually unlimited numbers of smart objects now being interconnected via the Internet of Things. (Launched in 2014.)
Date: 6–7 May, 2015
Venue: Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA

NEXT Berlin 2015
(twitter: @nextconf)
—For the 10th time the digital agency SinnerSchrader will host NEXT Berlin, widely considered an important agenda-setter for tomorrow’s topics in the European digital industry.
Date: TBA — May 2015
Venue: TBA

ThingsCon 15
twitter: @ThingsCon | hashtag #ThingsCon)
— Produced by @joinpolymer, @KrgerMax & @peterbihr, this is a two-day conference in Berlin, launched in 2014, about the future of the hardware business ranging from Internet of Things, wearables and connected devices to 3D printing and new manufacturing techniques.
Date: 8–9 May 2015
Venue: Berlin, Germany

Internet of Things World
twitter: @IoTWorldNews)
— Produced by Informa Telecoms & Media.
Date: 13–14 May, 2015
Venue: Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA

Re.Work Internet of Things Summit Boston
(hashtag: #REWORKIOT)
 — The Internet of Things Summit aims to bring together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. Produced by RE.WORK X LTD, the event is also being held this year in London (see entry for March 12–13 above) and will showcase the opportunities of the Internet of Things and the potential for a positive impact on business and society.
28–29 May, 2015
Boston (venue TBA)

IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC) 2015
Themed “Smart City & Smart World,” with its proximity to Tech City, the fastest growing technology cluster in Europe, this flagship conference of the IEEE Communications Society will feature a comprehensive technical program including twelve Symposia and a number of Tutorials and Workshops. IEEE ICC 2015 will also include an Industry Forum & Exhibition program including business panels and keynote speakers.
Date: 8–12 June 2015
Venue: London, England

New Cities Summit Jakarta 2015
(hashtag:s: #NewCitiesSummit #NCS2015)
— Held in 2014 in Dallas, Texas, New Cities Summit moves for 2015–its fourth year– to Jakarta. Organized by the New Cities Foundation, the Dallas event was the first time the Summit had ever been held in the USA. In Jakarta the diverse speaker program will again encompass technology, transport, the sharing economy, and the role of culture in urban re-imagination.
Date: June 9–11, 2015
Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia

Internet of Things Expo
twitter: @ThingsExpo)
— Produced twice a year by the team behind Cloud Expo®, this is a sub-event of Cloud Expo, held in parallel with other co-located sub-events including Big Data Expo, the DevOps Summit, and the WebRTC Summit.
Date: 9–11 June, 2015
Venue: Jacob Javits Center, New York, NY

Solid: The O’Reilly Internet of Things Conference
(twitter: @OReillySolid
— Started in 2014, Solid is held in Fort Mason and seeks to provide a forum for the new multi-disciplinary community forming around the convergence of software and hardware. It is aimed at engineers, researchers, roboticists, artists, founders of startups, and innovators. The conference program will explore what lies ahead as software increasingly interacts with the physical world.
Date: June 23–25, 2015
Venue: Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA

Connected Cars 15
(twitter: @cc_conversation)
— Co-located with LTE World Summit, this will be the third Connected Cars event, this time with a focus on driving success and ultimately revenue growth in this booming sector. Through case studies, focused workshops and discussion groups the event will help develop and identify new business strategies to make the most of future growth. The Connected Cars programme has been put together with the input and guidance of six industry visionaries including Audi, Panasonic and Ericsson.
Date: 24–25 June, 2015
Venue: The RAI, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Industry of Things World 2015
twitter: @IoTClan)
— This is a brand new event that aims to bring together all stakeholders who play an active role in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) scene. Confirmed speakers include the CTO of Estee Lauder, the Head of Volkswagen DataLab, the Executive Director of the Industrial Internet Consortium, and a welter of similar industry executives and IIoT luminaries.
Date: 21–22 September, 2015
Venue: BCC Berlin Congress Centre, Berlin, Germany

Smart Industry Conference & Expo
— New event produced by Putman Media Events and has an Industrial Internet focus. Content will therefore explore the change in processes and technologies as the IoT continues to penetrate the industrial space.
Date: 6–8 October, 2015
Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Chicago, IL

5G-IoT China
— 5
G-IoT China’s technical conference programme, say its organizers, will be hands-on and commercially focused. Keynotes and plenary sessions will address the unifying technological concepts and market enablers for M2M Communications Systems, IoT Application Environments, and 5G Infrastructure. Tracks will feature technical research presentations, expert roundtable discussions, and market research reviews.
Date: 13–15 October 2015
Venue: Beijing International Convention Center, China

The 5th International Conference on the Internet of Things (IoT 2015)
—3-day event, held last year in Cambridge, MA. Venue, inal date and program not yet announced, but the aim is for the event to be a forum to share, discuss and witness cutting-edge research in all areas of development for the Internet of Things.
Date: October, 2015
Venue: Seoul, Korea

Structure Connect 2015
A rebranding last year by Gigaom Events of its signature mobile event, Mobilize, Structure Connect was first held in October last year and focuses on “the ubiquity of connectivity”. Chaired by Stacey Higginbotham, senior writer for Gigaom, the 2015 event will explore the Internet of Things and what it means to be connected, the role of design in user experience, and where the market is headed.
Date: 3–4 November, 2015
Venue: Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco

ForumOxford: Internet of Things Conference 2015
— This one-day professional development event aims to look at what will really happen when things, homes and cities become “smart.” The annual ForumOxford conference is aimed at web and mobile technology experts and visionaries, telecoms leaders and anyone who has an interest in future mobile technologies with an emphasis on all the interesting things going on in the world of mobile. The event is designed with ample Q&A time and opportunities for further discussions of the conference topics during breaks, over lunch and at the early evening drinks reception.
Date: 6 November, 2014
Venue: Rewley House, University of Oxford

The Internet of Things World Forum 2015
hashtag: #IoTWF)
— Hosted by Cisco, IoTWF is an invitation-only event launched in 2013 in Barcelona, to considerable acclaim. It is driven by a Steering Committee of industry visionaries, technologists, executives, and educators who are committed to accelerating the awareness and adoption of IoT technologies.
Date: 6–8 December, 2015
Venue: Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

As I mentioned at the top of this list, even now this is by no means a comprehensive round-up, so if I have failed to include an IoT-focused event you are organizing, sponsoring, or attending in 2015, please don’t hesitate to let me know right away — via Twitter where I am @jg21 — and I will happily update and expand this newly expanded list.