Particle, VR and Cool Event Kit – November 15th 2018

15th November from 6.30pm - Uni Days, Nottingham

What's it about?

Particle IoT, VR and Cool Event Kit!

What will we be doing?

William Steen – From concept to ramp-up: Developing Connected Products using the Particle IoT Platform:

Will will be talking to us about his experience with the Particle IoT Platform, and how he has developed Connected Products using it.

Aviva Caller – Mistakes of a Noob VR Developer:

With no knowledge of 3D or VR development, Aviva developed a virtual reality scuba training tool for her dissertation, to investigate if a practical scuba skill taught in VR, could be applied in the real world. The talk will cover the development platforms, multiple VR packages, hundreds of iterations and thousands of mistakes involved in making the prototype and conducting the testing.

Oli Folkerd – Building Crazy Contraptions for Marketing Events:

The team at Event Engineering spend their days building crazy contraptions for marketing events. From turning full sized cars into racing simulators to building video walls out of phones and tablets. We spend a lot of our time hacking devices apart, seeing what makes them tick, and then making them do things their creators had never imagined.

Over the course of the talk, Oli will take you through some of the projects we have worked on, from synced VR experiences to slow motion water slides, and explain some of the technical challenges we faced working with many different devices and how we overcame them.

He will also focus on the wide variety of IP compatible protocols that are available for devices to communicate with each other and show how you too can benefit from technology beyond the basic HTTP request. Some of the topics covered will include WebSocket, Bonjour, UDP/TCP, broadcast UDP, OSC & MPC

What do we need to bring?

Yourself and a willingness to learn!


Please note. Neither the speaker nor the Nottingham IoT Meetup are responsible for any damage to any components or hardware you may bring along.

Note also that the equipment at the event remains the property of the speaker, and is for demo purposes only. (See above if you’d like to bring your own!)

About Our Speakers

William Steen:

Will is co-founder and Managing Director of Armor Associates. He is an IT and management consulting professional with deep technology enabled Business Transformation experience. He has 25 years project and programme management experience across; FMCG, Energy and Utilities, Manufacturing, Retail and Government. He is passionate about business-led innovation, agile delivery models aligned with excellent programme and supplier governance. He is an engineer and qualified management accountant (ACMA). He started his career in Industrial Automation and is now leading on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions and services with 3 full product development cycles completed.

Aviva Caller:

Aviva wrote her first line of code 3 years ago in MATLAB, with no idea of the consequences it would have. Now she has just completed a masters in Computing Systems at Nottingham Trent University and works as a software developer at Percayso.

Oli Folkerd:

Oli Folkerd works as Head of Development at Event Engineering Ltd, building weird and wonderful contraptions for the experiential marketing industry. Our job is to take the amazing ideas that marketing companies come up with and turn them into a reality, talking bins, VR360 Apps, Green Screen Movie Experiences, Racing Simulators, Tournament Management Systems, You name it, we have probably built it.

In his spare time Oli also maintains the open source Tabulator JavaScript library, providing interactive data grids for websites across the web.

Where will we be meeting:

Once again, we’d like to give our sincere thanks to the fabulous UniDays, who are giving us the space to host our meetup… UniDays is based at the bottom of Maid Marion Way in Nottingham. Upon arrival, simply ring the bell and somebody will buzz you in. The meetup will be on the third floor.


We’re proud to partner with Jetbrains, who are kindly offerring one lucky attendee a 1 year subscription to a JetBrains product of your choice, including Resharper, IntelliJ and PHPStorm.

Attend and tweet on the #NottsIoT hashtag to be in with a chance of winning!

Food and Drink:

For one month only, the wonderful people at Rebel will be spoiling us with free Curry! Yey! PJG Creations will once again be sponsoring the evening’s drinks.


Notts IoT are on the lookout for a full time Headline Sponsor… If you or anyone you know would be interested, please do get in touch!