We develop and support community-led innovation in the Internet of Things.
We started out as a community group with the goal of creating a free to use wireless data network in Reading so that people living and working in Reading could build and connect “things” to the internet.
We are part of a global movement called The Things Network, which has an exciting mission to create a global, crowd-sourced, open wireless data network for the Internet of Things. We like its community spirit and the fact that it is free to use – so no paying big telecoms companies to use the Internet of Things!
If we leave the Smart Cities agenda in the hands of the big IT firms then cities and towns will get what the big IT firms want to offer, and we’ll have “cookie cutter” copies of smart cities everywhere. But Birmingham is not Brighton, Cardiff is not Carlisle – each place has its own identity which needs to be respected, and its own challenges which need to be met. We firmly believe that businesses and residents should influence how “Smart City” and internet of things technology is used in their town.
That’s why we created Thingitude. By running hands-on workshops for businesses, schools, community groups we introduce people to the potential of the Internet of Things and how they might benefit. We develop and deliver proof of concept projects that test and demonstrate that their ideas are viable, and help them make it a reality.
We are interested in bottom-up, rather than top-down innovation. Both are valuable of course and they complement each other. It’s just our way is less risky, less costly, and much more fun!
We offer Internet of Things workshops, starter kits, support and project services to suit your needs.