As we mentioned at the MIOTI official launch on the 18th of May, the velocity at which things within the technological world happen is quite frankly staggering. Before we could catch our breath after the first event, we got stuck right into the second; DES, Digital World Congress, which was held in Madrid from the 23rd to the 25th of May.

DES, a fairly new event which is set to become a global reference point if it maintains the extraordinary level of speakers and exhibition space it had this year, chose MIOTI to organise the “IoT Series”, a 3 hour block presented by our CEO, Manuel Muñiz Morell, in which we covered the hottest topics within IoT in front of a packed out auditorium.

In future blog posts, we’ll delve a little deeper into some of the more interesting presentations and panel discussions we saw, but for now, let’s have a quick recap of the guest speakers and what they had to say.

The afternoon started off strong. Who better to speak about innovation, user experience and scalability than Amazon (AWS)? Claudiu Passa, the head of Amazon’s EMEA IoT Competence Center, shared her insight with her presentation entitled “Secure Data Transmission and Scalability in IoT” and spoke to us about which elements are critical for implementing a safe and scalable business model in order to transmit and manage the huge amount of data generated by connected objects.

Similarly, in order for us to achieve for smart, multi-lane motorways, we need safe infrastructures which are capable of managing traffic, as well as processing and storing IoT data. In the next presentation, Autonomous Cars, a 360º connected experience”, Jose Luis López Schummer, Chief Representative officer for Daimler Spain, Portugal y Latin America, shared his vision regarding what we can expect to see from autonomous vehicles and their evolution over coming years.

We then moved on to the first of the panel discussions, called Enabling Blockchain through IoT”, which focused on the application of Blockchain technology in IoT, its impact on the safe transmission and storage of data and the legal and operative implications. Moderated by our CEO, Manuel Muñiz Morell, this panel discussion saw Miguel Angel González San Róman, Digital Solutions Director at Minsait and Antonio Selas, Partner at Cremades&Calvo-Sotelo take to the stage to share their views.

One of the sectors in which the application of IoT will have the biggest impact, is healthcare. Monitorisation and remote assistance, otherwise known as AAL (Active and Assisted Living), will allow us to predict emergencies and drastically reduce medical costs. David Reifs, Director of Seidor Labs, came to tell us all about IoT in healthcare, with his presentation Empowering health and people with IoT”.

One of the cornerstones, if not the cornerstone of the IoT series at DES, was the panel discussion about Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and IoT, which was moderated by Alberto Rodríguez, co-founder of Unlimiteck, and which saw guest speakers Fabiola Pérez, CEO of our sister company Metiora, Gonzalo Valle, a specialist from IBM Watson, and Carlos García Cadenas  from Erikson take the stage to share their views. During the 40-minute-long talk, entitled “IOT, AI and Robotics, the unexpected convergence”, they discussed the future exponential effect of combining these three powerful technologies. Not long ago, the thought of technologies with such a huge transformative potential such as robotics, artificial intelligence and IoT being able to converge was unimaginable. Where can this convergence take us? When will it happen? Considering the velocity of the adoption and growth of these technologies, it might be a lot closer than we think, although, as it was mentioned during the panel discussion, we’re still very much in a consolidation phase with approximately 3- 4 years on the horizon before we see the fruits of this convergence.

The penultimate presentation was held by Carlos Lloret, Director General at Uber for Southern Europe. During his fascinating 15-minute-long presentation entitled “Personal mobility solutions in tomorrow´s smart city”, Carlos explained what the future might look like for the mobility of our cities and which role Uber will take on by means of its latest initiatives, Uber-Pool and VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing Vehicles), which both aim to make cities more habitable and sustainable by eliminating an important part of traffic.

The cherry on top of the cake at the IoT Series, was arguably the presentation from General Electric. Vice President of Sales Europe, Charles Delamain, spoke to us about “Decoding Industrial Internet, Driving Digital Transformation” and explained the necessity of new business models for relationships between companies in order to be competitive in the current technological framework. From competing to collaborating, cooperating and looking for new win-win formulas between startups and big corporations, teamwork is certainly necessary, but very few have actually managed to do it.

It was certainly inspiring to hear an executive from General Electric say that the future will be defined by both startups and large corporations through innovation and collaborative ecosystems and it brought a smile to the faces of the MIOTI team, as well as TheCUBE’s.

“Does GE know what we’re doing? They’ve literally just described it.”

But we’ll get in to that in the next post, which we’ll be sharing with you very soon.