Innovation Demo Day

Last year, we received funding from Future Cities Catapult to demonstrate a “proof of concept” of our smart rainwater management system, something we’re building on and taking further in our OrganiCity project.

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In the summer, Digital Catapult and Future Cities hosted an Innovation Demo Day with “ten of the hottest start-ups ready to shape the future of IoT”.

Watch the full video here.

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Caroline Gorski, Head of IoT at Digital Catapult, said the evening was about “celebrating the new technologies that we’ve supported through the Things Connected programme”.  She added it was “exciting” to see how these “innovators” had progressed, built on the ideas they had, and started to move closer to the marketplace.

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Of the 120 SMEs that applied for the ‘Things Connected’ programme, OTA Analytics were one of only 25 that were selected. Around 60% of these SMEs (including OTA) had ‘graduated’ by the demo day event in July, meaning they had built and tested solutions, met customers and created a prototype to take forward.

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The event brought together a variety of different applications of IoT and allowed innovators to share their experiences with an audience of like-minded trailblazers.

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Dr Mike Short, Vice President of Telefonica, said some of the SMEs he’d met that evening were “very creative” and that he could see how collaboration could take them to “another level”. He added that IoT will connect more people and things “beyond our possible imagination”… and that the “opportunities are huge”.

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Mark Harrup, Strategy and Business Development Director at BT said he’d seen “well-rounded ideas and slick presentations” but the thing they like the most is “the transformation of opportunities that  IoT brings”.

We’re hoping to continue that transformation and develop our idea further through our ongoing OrganiCity project. Keep following us for updates on twitter at: @OTAanalytics  and @OrganiCity_eu