The ‘Internet of Things’ comes to Devonport Guildhall

A South West digital technology group is bringing ‘ThingsCamp’ to Plymouth. The one day event at Devonport Guildhall will explore how the internet is becoming increasingly embedded in the everyday objects around us, helping us live freer, more productive and even healthier lives.

From ‘chipped’ wheelie bins to home energy systems; from livestock management to health promotion programmes like Park Run, ‘smart’ devices are increasingly a pervasive part of our lives, and yet there are still few opportunities to explore their growing potential. ThingsCamp, a fun day for the interested and the expert alike, will offer participants new insights into these rapidly evolving technologies along with opportunities to collaborate on new products and services.

The hands-on day will bring together people, ideas and hardware related to land-based applications, from open source pollution monitors to home-made citizen science kits; airborne technologies, from drones to satellites (including DIY solutions); and devices for monitoring seas, coastline and inland waterways, including flood systems. ThingsCamp will create the opportunity for open discussion, workshops, hacks and prototyping activities to make the most of the day.

ThingsCamp, with support from GovCamp, the Devonport Market Hall (the South  West’s new space for digital) and Plymouth City Council is led by Beyond, a group of the regions digital and data experts.

Martin Howitt from Beyond said:  “We’re looking for a cross section of technologists, data scientists, academics, local government people, entrepreneurs and, most importantly, members of the public to join us. We’ll provide devices but we’re looking for people with particular interests and specialisms to along bring their own technology”.

Ed Whitelaw from RIO and the Devonport Market Hall team said: “ It’s great to be able to host ThingsCamp here in Plymouth, the city is increasingly becoming the region’s go-to place for digital and new technologies, I’m really looking forward to getting involved on the day”.

The one day event is free, open to the public and will be at Devonport Guildhall on Saturday 28th May from 9.30am – 5.30. As well as attending, people are encouraged to bring along their own technology to share with other participants. Young people under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.  For tickets click here and follow @thingscamp on Twitter for updates.