IoT Career Pathway

Monday 21 November 2016, 6.00pm - 9.00pm

BCS, 1st Floor, The Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street, London, WC2E 7HA | Maps

Free to BCS and non-BCS members, by booking only.


  • 6:00pm - 6.20pm - Jon Howes - Introduction to this IoT Career Pathways event
  • 6:20pm - 6.40pm - David Collins of Video Turnstile - presenting "Transitioning from IT focused qualification to IoT focused career
  • 6:40pm - 19.05 - Nick Hunn of WiFore - presenting "The IoT of too many cooks"
  • 7:05pm - 7.30pm - Jorge Blasco of RHUL (Royal Holloway, University of London) - presenting "IoT Security Challenges"
  • 7:30pm - 8.15pm - Panel discussion
  • 8:15pm - 9.00pm - Networking

The synopsis for the overall event is:

In a year-long series of "Internet of Things" (IoT) events run for BCS Young Professionals Group (BCS YPG) we are exposing some of the basic and the latest realities of the IoT approach to building new and old types of services and products.

This evening is the first of a pair of events focused specifically on IoT Career Pathways that can be taken. One aim of taking those paths is to become a contributor to, and to benefit from, the many new IoT business activities that are popping up throughout the UK and worldwide.

In this event we will be hearing from Jon Howes the organiser of the IoT events series and 3 professionals engaged with the IoT who have experienced many of those IoT opportunities and realities recently:


Professor Jon Howes, IoT & Security Strategist, NEuW Limited

Jon HowesJon Howes is a contributor to a series of update and insight sessions for IoT understanding, debates on IoT impact and especially exploration of IoT career pathways with the Young Professionals Group (YPG).

Jon is an independent advisor to a range of leading IoT innovators in the UK and internationally. His board advisory roles from his NEuW consulting base include Video Turnstile Ltd, Hiving Technology and the IoT Security Foundation.

He has delivered results in product management and market engagement for many high growth start-ups since 1993. He also applied his IoT and security knowledge in the role of Technology Director for leading IoT market consultancy Beecham Research in the four years up to 2015.

Leading R&D and marketing activities with Fujitsu and Ferranti in the preceding years, Jon helped launch many types of products including some of the first GSM cellular solutions. He combines a strong technical background particularly in wireless, semiconductor and security technologies with deep market knowledge of IoT-related sectors. 

David Collins of Video Turnstile

David CollinsDavid graduated with a bachelor in arts in Computing & interaction Design at Goldsmiths University in 2011. He undertook a part time rapid-prototyping course(Fabacedemy) with Fab Labs and MIT in 2012. He now currently works for Retail Sensing ltd in product development and is helping expand their product line into the IOT world - much of this in his other technical marketing role.

Nick Hunn of WiFore Consulting

Nick HunnNick Hunn is the founder and CTO of WiFore Consulting. For the past twenty-five years he has been closely involved with short range wireless and communications, designing technology which helps to bring mobility to products, particularly in the areas of telematics, M2M, IoT, smart energy, wearables and mobile health. He has started two high-tech companies, both of which were acquired by multi-national corporations.

Nick has been closely involved with the Bluetooth SIG, the Continua Health Alliance, the ZigBee Alliance and other medical, smart energy and standards groups. He has a wide ranging career across many sectors, having helped design laser gyroscopes, high power X-Ray generators, semiconductor processing equipment, robot vision systems, sperm and embryo freezers, smart meters and telematics systems. As well as product design, he was CTO of a smart energy company deploying connected home energy systems around the world, collecting trillions of domestic energy readings, directing a data science department which developed algorithms to analyse these massive streams of personal data. He is an advocate of data insight as the key to the Internet of Things. He is currently working on appcessories and hearable devices and chairs the Bluetooth Hearing Aid Working Group.

He is the author of “The Essentials of Short Range Wireless” - a book attempting to explain the application of wireless technologies to product developers. He regularly writes about technology on his blog at Nick has an M.A. from Cambridge University and can be contacted at

Jorge Blasco of RHUL (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Jorge BlascoThe Internet of Things has arrived at a time when we are already aware of the importance of security. However studying the existing threats and methods relevant to how the IoT can be secured is paramount for the success of this new paradigm. These capabilities and techniques are fundamental for the development of future engineers.