Vaughn Davis does his own Thing

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Adman-turned-social-media-guru Vaughn Davis has put together an expert panel to discuss the Internet of Things at the upcoming social media club event this coming Wednesday 18 March (6pm-8pm).

On the menu are two vital questions: It’s 2015 so why isn’t my fridge ordering the milk yet? And why doesn’t the coffee and aircon start humming whey my alarm goes off each morning, while simultaneously, the pet door flap unlocks so our dog Mick Wagger can go out for his morning pee?

The venue is Vodafone, and all interested parties can attend for free. All the organisers ask is that you RSVP ASAP as registrations are filling fast. Do it here:

This event is also livestreamed at for those that can’t make it – and follow #smcakl on Twitter to participate on the night.

The internet of things – or #IOT – is one of the biggest technology trends of 2015, Davis says. Internet connectivity, once limited to computers and smartphones, is now baked into everything from smoke alarms, to bicycle locks, sex toys, electricity meters … even entire cities.

A Guardian article this week says within the coming years, not only will every computer, phone and tablet be online, but so too will every car, house, dog, bridge, tunnel, cup, clock, watch, pacemaker, cow, streetlight, bridge, tunnel, pipeline, toy and soda can.

“What does this mean to us as consumers?” asks Davis (currently the host of RadioLIVE’s Sunday Social programme). “Will it make life better? Is it just for geeks? Do we risk having stuff that once ‘just worked’ crashing and falling prey to viruses? And what about privacy?”

The panel

  • Roger Dennis is the founder of Sensing City – an initiative to incorporate sensors and a data overlay into the rebuild of Christchurch. He has been mentioned in the FT, written for Scientific America and speaks regularly around the world on innovation, data and cities.  He never passes on the chance to write his own bio. @rogerdennis
  • Amber Craig is a senior architect at ANZ and an elected councillor at Internet New Zealand. She has worked extensively in the banking and telco sectors. Outside work, she blogs about gaming and technology for Radio New Zealand’s The Wireless and helps organise Geek Girl Dinners. @amscraig
  • Michael Ramsay is general manager digital at Fisher & Paykel Appliances with a remit including connected appliances. His whole career has been spent in digital, first on the content side at Telecom Xtra, then in a range of technology, digital and mobile roles at ASB before joining Fisher & Paykel in 2013.

And there’s more! In addition to the complementary (sic … these social media types don’t spell so good. – Ed) pizza and drinks, one lucky attendee will win a Fitbit Charge HR ($RRP $199.95). You need to be there IRL (in real life) to be eligible, so come out and meet someone new, drink something cold, and learn something useful. And maybe win a Fitbit.

SMCAKL acknowledges its growing list of sponsors, who make this event free and fun for all: Vodafone, Domino’s, Invivo, Rekorderlig Cider, Pandora, Socialites and Interlike.

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