That is why IoT Day is about having coffee and lunch and a chat with someone in your street as that is where you live and that is where washing machines might get connected.

Internet of Things is here to stay and it is equally strong from the bottom (hacking, arduino, open source, diy), the middle ( the sme's that are springing up) and the top (Siemens, Huawei, Bosch, Amazon, Google...). In fact this language no longer describes what is going on. These are indicators that show that we are now in hybrid space, a new ontology, that we can not go back from.

This requires that we rethink our notion of privacy as privacies (levels or settings), currency as currrencies (bartering, swapping energy, bitcoin, freecoin..), value chains as value models (from hiding and isolating data as IP to open standards, open source, open innovation and open data) and business models that favour leasing over ownership.

The most poignant thing is the enthusiasm with which people are engaging with connecting objects. Very rarely do we hear the privacy objections of the early days of ubicomp, see for example spychips.com. And this is logical. The meso level that is now pumping energy is fuelled by incredibly cheap hardware, software, data storage, data analytics, increasingly sophisticated and cheap light management tools, and cheap ways of moving around the planet (albeit the latter yes to great environmental cost), all of which was missing a decade ago.

This is not any longer a question of you as a lone individual being helpless against evil companies and governments. No, be your own company and be your own government! No one is able to stop you from becoming the next Google as search in IoT will not be typing words on a screen. But wait, what I'm hearing from this generation that has grown up in the network (sharing, cooperating, and sure bullying too) is that they don't want to become 'big'. In fact they would like to stay at this messy meso level and that is exactly their strength. Being big is only interesting in hierarchies. Success becomes synonymous with 'scale'. Why? because if you do not grow you will also not discover the management tools lying in waiting for you. These tools take away the pace, the edge and the disruption that you bring. This explains the relative ease and calm that the current 'system' of competition, secrecy, hierarchy and exploitation is still able to charm some of us into. It is at breaking point, however.

That is why IoT Day is about having coffee and lunch and a chat with someone in your street as that is where you live and that is where washing machines might get connected.

It is clear that we are in the network. The agency lies with organized networks that consist of different parts of what used to be large industry, startups and activists. Not only can individuals belong to all or some of these groups, the innovation and agency lies with those who are able to act and plan with qualities taking from all three: the swiftness, dedication and passion of the hackers, makers, and activists, the planning and management and scaling capabilities of big industry and the longing to make your product and service real beyond your immediate family in the startup and SME's.

 

So set up a lunch, grab a coffee, talk #IoT and submit that event!