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The Career Development Centre and the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Westminster are delighted to host the Connected Home seminar in collaboration with ThinkPLANK.

The Connected Home is a reality today, but what about the consumer?
In Silicon Valley, a new Y-Combinator backed start up is making the news. Lockitron allows you to unlock your door with your phone. It also lets you "text" a friend your keys for a one-time use. In Cambridge, the start up AlertMe has raised its second round of investment from investors including British Gas, even as the DECC rolls out a program to implement 47 million smart meters across the UK. Connected TV sets are flying off the shelves. The Department of Health has been running its WSD (Whole System Demonstrator) project for over a year now - a large scale trial to identify the benefits and challenges of connected healthcare. Clearly we are at the cusp of a change which will see the Connected-Home become a mainstream phenomenon. Increasing numbers of services are being delivered straight into the home - from media to healthcare and more and more technologically enabled service innovations are changing consumers' lives. But how much do we know about the consumer in the connected home? Is it simply a case of provisioning the services? Or are the behavioural changes more significant? What about education? And support?

Two projects that have looked at this issue from entirely different perspectives will share their findings. The Connected Home Market Acceleration report, authored by ThinkPLANK, and supported by 10 industry majors looks at the issues concerned with delivering these multiple services into the same homes. The study focused on speaking with industry experts across the various vertical industries, to identify critical bottlenecks and accelerators for the market.

In this session, Ved Sen will speak about some of the specific challenges consumers will face in adapting to the connected home.

HomeSense, a project initiated by Tinker London and supported by EDF and others is a research project that rethinks how we design smart homes and investigate how we interact with technologies at home. Homesense brings the open collaboration methods of online communities to physical infrastructures in the home by setting up actual homes with technology options and experts and observing how they used the technology and their reactions to the experience. "The problem is not one of technology but of design - smart homes aren't made by the people who will actually live in them, but by R&D departments who have specific ideas about how they should be lived in".

In her presentation, Georgina Voss, who is managing the homesense project, will focus on learning and insights about the consumer in the connected home.


5.15pm - Registrations
5.30pm - Opening remarks: Professor Graham Megson, Dean - School of Electronics and Computer Science
5.45pm - Connected Home presentation - Ved Sen, ThinkPLANK
6.25pm - HomeSense presentation - Georgina Voss, Tinker
7.00pm - Panel discussion and Q&A 
7.30pm - Networking over refreshments
8.30pm - Close

Come along to network, meet like minded people and discover more about the Connected Home consumers


University of Westminster students can register via our events booking site through the Career Development Centre pages. A maximum of 25 places are available on a first come, first served basis.

Academics and staff at the University can register by sending an email to [email protected] with the subject line ' Registration for the Connected Home event, 16th June'. Please include your name, job title and school/department details. A maximum of 15 places are available on a first come, first served basis.