Top global speaker on Internet of Things in health, business and design

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10 Jul 2017

Almost everything is online and accessible 24/7. We work, play, plan and shop online. Staying current in technology is essential, but with the rate of change and volumes of information, that’s often easier said than done. Take the Internet of Things (IoT) for example. Who really knows what this is – and what to do with it?

Fortunately some bright people spend all their time thinking about and working with the IoT. One such thought leader from the cutting edge of digital design and entrepreneurship, Alex Deschamps-Sonsino, is visiting Christchurch this week, offering invaluable opportunities to learn about the IoT from different perspectives.

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Ara staff and students will get a taste of developments at the forefront of this field on 12 July when Deschamps-Sonsino presents The Internet of Things: The future of design and entrepreneurship at 12.10pm, N604. Deschamps-Sonsino  is hosted by Ara Institute of Canterbury and SIGNAL ICT Graduate School, and will present two further talks – The Internet of Things and its application to health and wellbeing at 7.30am – 8.30am at Visions On Campus Restaurant, Ara City Campus, (free and open to the public, registrations are essential and a workshop at the SIGNAL site, 181 High St, focused on helping business leaders, tech teams and educators understand more about the use of Internet of Things in building disruptive tech ideas.

Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer and entrepreneur based in London and director of designswarm. She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influential Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). 

But first a primer. According to Postscapes, the organisation that named Deschamps-Sonsino first among IOT Influencers, the IOT revolves around systems more than around people communicating with machines. “Smart, connected systems are a technological and economic phenomenon of unprecedented scale, encompassing potentially billions if not trillions of nodes -- an Internet of infinite interactions and values,” according to Postscapes.

Latest research shows how the IoT may support Smart Cities of the future, with billions of sensors connecting to the Internet to achieve efficient urban resource management. Then there are wearable technology, smart homes, healthcare and industrial applications to name a few. All of which suggests that we are already enmeshed in the IoT even if we don’t fully realise it.

For more information on Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino visit

Internet of Things events 12 July

The Internet of Things and its application to health and wellbeing, 7.30am – 8.30am, at Visions On Campus Restaurant, Ara City Campus. This is now fully booked.

The Internet of Things: The future of design and entrepreneurship, Ara City Campus N604 at 12.10pm. Free and open to Ara staff and students.

Internet of Things workshop for business leaders, tech teams and educators at the SIGNAL site, 181 High St. Registrations are essential