- Twitter: @liveworx
- Web: http://www.liveworx.com/
- Date: May 22-25
- Location: Boston, MA
- Cost: Current rates range from $695 for a two-day "explorer pass" to $995 for an all-access badge, but they get more expensive after February 15. Bulk packages are also available.
LiveWorx bills itself as a way to "find new value born from the industrial Internet of Things," and last year more than 4,000 people attended. Attendees will be perhaps a bit overwhelmed with choices, with "cutting-edge use cases, interactive Q&A's, live demos, fireside chats, deep-dive technical lectures, small working groups, tech-powered panels and more" vying for their attention in fields like IoT for start-ups, predictive service, systems engineering, connected field service, data management, and smart manufacturing.
It's a lot to take in, but Bob Ferrari, author of the Supply Chain Matters blog, attended in 2016 and noted with approval that, compared with 2015, the conference was "more focused on broader and more succinct strategies and actual technology, [while] users seemed to outnumber prospective technology providers looking to cash in on a new wave of technology." Hopefully the conference moves further toward the specific and practical this year.
Who should attend? The LiveWorx website suggests that 18 different job titles in 35 different industries would be interested in the conference. Ambitious, but it speaks to the fact that designers, engineers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs all have a stake in the IoT changes to come.