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Past Event

The Smart Home, a history and a future: Why you can’t program for the home?

Date & Time : Friday 30 November 2018, 6.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue : BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA
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Speaker : Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino
Joint event with BCSWomen

Abstract

In this talk, I’d like to explore some of the themes of my recently published book on the smart home. From organic chemistry and electrification to personal computers the home has been the playground of many new technologies which in turn have sometimes influenced home owners or have been shaped by them. I explore electrification, the radio wars, television, computers and the internet of things as influential themes in the home space which tell us about the future of this space for developers and inventors everywhere.

About the Speaker

With a background in industrial and interaction design, she was the first UK distributor of the Arduino and is the founder of the Good Night Lamp which is in the permanent collection of the London Design Museum. Two of her projects are also part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and she has exhibited work at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Dublin Science Gallery, the Vienna Technical Museum and the Stephen Lawrence Gallery.

She has been organising the London Internet of Things Meetup since 2011 and its now the 2nd largest meetup in the world on this topic.

She works with a variety of clients on a variety of different projects (see her list of services) and is also a technical and business assessor for UK & European funding agencies.

She was part of the Mozilla Leadership Network Advisory Group, is on the advisory board of the Virt-EU project. She is also an informal advisor to many Internet of Things startups and communities around the world.

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’s been included in the longlist of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK (2017 & 2018).