IoT World Congress is truly a global event. It’s been held for the 4th time, and it's constantly growing. According to the event website, this year more than 300 exhibitors, 400 top level speakers and 16 thousand visitors from more than 120 countries attended the event.
While Healthio is a much smaller event with around 100 exhibitors, where doctors, nurses and professionals from companies, hospitals and health systems in general could test and try out the latest advances in the healthcare industry. There were quite many groups of pupils and students, who quickly split up to different parts of the exhibition to either see innovative medical products or to hear about latest trends in e-health.
The first thing you could see when walking into the IoT hall was a testbed area. It was a kind of an experimental platform which was deployed and tested in the environment that resembles real-world conditions. We managed to see nearly a dozen IoT-based prototypes and projects jointly developed by leading companies were exhibited. What we liked most was a smart buoy to monitor water quality in Alaska and save beluga whales and a smart gate that opens when the owner arrives. Some of these solutions were even awarded as the best testbed of the fair at the IoT Solutions Awards.
Healthio is an industry specific event dedicated to healthcare domain exclusively. The organizers divided the conference area into four areas, so it was easy to navigate there. There were areas dedicated to the future of healthcare, medical innovations, consumer health living lab and live operations. We saw devices to detect potential meningitis in newborn babies, diabetes self-monitoring systems, artificial intelligence software to predict new clinical episodes and applications for developing personalized medicine etc.
IoT is a very broad domain, but predominantly what interested visitors most of all was industrial IoT, Big Data & Machine learning, cloud computing, robotics, etc. Regarding Healthio, there were almost the same topics, just in relation to healthcare domain.
What differs this year’s IoTSWC edition is that there was a special session devoted to analysing the leadership role of women in the IoT ecosystem. As far as we know they invited several female directors of well-known companies such as Google Cloud, Big Belly, IoT Global Initiative, Hitachi, ABB and Microsoft to be present at the event. It’s always great to see that the IT industry recognizes the impact that women have on the tech arena.