The connected world is growing faster than ever. The branches of the world wide web are reaching outwards, beyond our screens, into the world around us. The Internet of Things is here, and rapidly gathering pace. Forecasts on its growth range from the modest to the hysterical, a clear demonstration in itself of the sheer excitement that the prospect of a massively connected world is bringing.
Suffice to say, there’s a lot of hype out there, so it’s always a good idea to keep your eye on what the real experts have to say. We’ve taken to Twitter to find the most influential minds in the field of IoT, so you know who to follow to stay abreast of developments.
Rob Tiffany – @robtiffany
CTO, Lumada IoT at Hitachi • Top Ten Internet of Things Influencer • exMSFT • Bestselling Author • Speaker • US Navy Submariner • Wannabe Sommelier
Rob Tiffany is a highly regarded industry analyst, with a focus on enterprise mobility and, of course, the Internet of Things. He is a prolific author of both books and magazine articles, and was previously Global Technology Lead for Microsoft’s incubator organisation before taking his current role at Hitachi
In 1969, NASA mission control received telemetry from astronauts on the moon & sent commands to their
spaceship. IoT isn’t new. #iotday
— Rob Tiffany 🇺🇸 (@RobTiffany) 9 April 2017
Tony Fadell – @tfadell
Probably most famous for being one of the “fathers” of the iPod, Tony Fadell is also the Founder and CEO of Nest. It’s no surprise, therefore, that Fadell is the go-to guy for anything IoT-related. Fadell’s Twitter feed is the place to pick up loads of interesting articles from the world of IoT and tech in general.
Alicia Asín – @aliciaasin
Libelium’s CEO, engineer fascinated with the next technological revolution: IoT. A dream: Smart Cities promoting democracy and transparency
Alicia Asin co-founded Libelium in 2006 with David Gascón and has been its CEO since the beginning. She is focused on how IoT is becoming the next tech revolution, starting with Smart Cities. She is a frequent speaker at international conferences on issues related to Smart Cities, Wireless Sensor Networks and the IoT. She is a computer engineer by the University of Zaragoza and graduated by ESADE Business School.
Alicia is also the first woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneur at the 2014 meeting of the Spanish Confederation of Young Entrepreneurs (CEAJE).
Dr. Boris Adryan – @BorisAdryan
Boris Adryan is a former Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and a passionate educator and speaker. He is also the Founder and Director of thingslearn Ltd., an analytics specialist, and Fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute. Author of The Technical Foundations of IoT.
Alexandra D-S – @iotwatch
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an interaction designer, product designer, 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 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). She was co-founder and CEO of Tinker London, a smart product design studio. Tinker was the first distributor of the Arduino platform in the UK. She has been running the London Internet of Things meetup since 2011, the second largest meetup on that topic in the world. Her work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the London Design Museum and galleries around the world.
Maribel Lopez – @MaribelLopez
Speaker, author, technology analyst & business advisor on mobile, iot, machine learning & artificial intelligence Forbes.com/maribellopez/
Since founding Lopez Research, Maribel has helped start-ups through the Global 20 with technology selection, product positioning, go-to-market and mergers and acquisition strategies. In 2015, she co-founded the Emerging Technology Research Council with Propelics. Maribel is also an author and columnist. John Wiley and Sons published her book titled “Right-Time Experiences: Driving Revenue with Mobile and Big Data” which is now in print in several languages. She’s also a regular contributor to Forbes.com and TechTarget publications.
Paul Egan – @Mr_IoT
Paul has enjoyed a long career in semiconductors and IoT. He joined CSR shortly after its creation, playing a key role in design of its Bluetooth ICs, before co-founding IoT pioneer Neul in 2011. At Neul, which was acquired by Huawei in 2014, Paul served as VP, Business Development. Before joining 8power, Paul worked as principal consultant at IoTUK, helping UK companies address new opportunities in this market.
Vala Afshar – @ValaAfshar
Chief Digital Evangelist, Salesforce | Blog: HuffPost
Vala Afshar is the Chief Digital Evangelist for Salesforce. Afshar is the author of The Pursuit of Social Business Excellence. He is also the co-host of DisrupTV, a weekly show covering the latest digital business and innovation market trends.
Mischa Dohler – @MischaDohler
Mischa Dohler is full Professor in Wireless Communications at King’s College London, driving cross-disciplinary research and innovation in technology, sciences and arts. He is the Director of the Centre for Telecommunications Research, co-founder of the pioneering smart city company Worldsensing, Fellow of the IEEE, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and a Distinguished Member of Harvard Square Leaders Excellence.
These are our top 10 IoT influencers… for now! We’ll be updating this as we go. If you know someone who should be added to this list, then please do get in touch. As always, we want to make sure we are covering everybody and everything in the world of IoT and beyond.