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Utah’s Upcoming Unconventional “Un-conference”

If you think Internet of Things technologies are disruptive innovations, you are right. So, what better way to showcase and discuss the unconventional technology than an un-conference. Brigham Young University’s Phillip Windley is hosting the 3rd Utah Internet of Things Workshop on September 21st, 2017 at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah.

Windley, an Enterprise Architect in BYU’s Office of the CIO, is a passionate tech educator, co-founder and organizer of the Internet Identity Workshop, serves as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at BYU, writes the popular Technometria blog, and is the author of the books The Live Web published by Course Technology in 2011 and Digital Identity published by O’Reilly Media in 2005.

Windley has been a thought leader in the areas of identity and connectivity around internet technologies for decades and is focusing his expertise on this new evolution of the Internet into the physical world and the instrumentation of things. His expertise and teaching acumen make him a great presenter at the conference, although he may or may not present depending on the other participants present.

Don’t mistake the unconventional for the unorganized. The Utah Internet of Things Workshop is professionally facilitated and has some very specific guidelines. Participants come to share and to learn together and take away new insights and information. Participants in the opening session of the day set the agenda. There is no speaker list distributed or keynotes to sit through. The entire day is planned in the morning session as experts gather to either ask a question they hope to discuss or propose a topic on which to share information.

As Ron Tolley, a participant of the previous workshops said, “The Utah Internet of Things workshop is an inviting and unconventional un-conference. Egos and credentials get checked at the door and every idea is openly and frankly received by participants. “

“Why should you come?” asks Chris Williams, BYU organizer of the workshop. “Utah has a growing number of IoT companies, and IoT related companies. We also have a growing number of experts doing research and development in fields that will directly impact IoT and IoT solutions.”

In the past two events, topics from Smart Cities to LoRAN networks to battery power for IoT have all found time on the schedule. If you want to know what is happening in Utah, related to the Internet of Things, this open space model, get things done, conference is a great place to find out.

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