iThings, data everywhere, M2M, connected objects, Web 3.0, are not
just buzzwords touting the next big thing. It is said that the "Internet
of Things" (IoT) will likely be one of the most important technological
advances of this century.
By 2020, an estimated 50 billion devices will be connected to the
This hyperconnected world is fueling the creation of an IoT that
will bring devices, systems and people closer together. It's about a
melding of the physical world and the virtual world.
Whether controlling your house thermostat from your phone with The
Nest or monitoring your weight and health via a FitBit scale, it is clear
IoT will have a lasting impact.
In fact, it impacts a broad range of industries, from power, energy,
sustainability, consumer electronics, auto, financial, health, to
hospitality and more.
"Trying to determine the market size of the Internet of Things is
like trying to calculate the market for plastics, circa 1940. At that
time, it was difficult to imagine that plastics could be in everything"
says Georgetown University Communication, Culture & Technology
professor Michael Nelson.
IoT applications will also create new demands and challenges. It's not
just about embedded sensors. It's about a vast Internet and mobile
networks infrastructure required as we experience a shift from a world
of inanimate objects and reactive devices to a world where data,
intelligence and computing power are distributed, ubiquitous, and
The LeWeb program will explore IoT from all of these angles. We
will see the hottest new technologies, learn how entrepreneurs are
adapting and talk to industry visionaries about whether or not they
think this next version of the Internet is truly the second Renaissance.