A standing-room-only audience attended the first-ever event sponsored by the Wisconsin Internet of Things Council. It was held Tuesday morning at the Blue Harbor Conference Center in Sheboygan.
The event, entitled “Challenges and Opportunities: Internet of Things in Wisconsin and the Midwest,” formally spelled out the organization’s vision to Wisconsin manufacturers.
The IoT Council is a professional membership-driven organization that promotes Wisconsin and the Midwest as the epicenter for the internet of things and drives technological advancement in the region by providing the WIoT and its members with a forum and environment conducive for networking, relationship building, talent attraction and mutual exchange of information relative to IoT.
Two keynote speakers headlined the event. Shane Moll, president of the power tools division at Milwaukee Tool, shared his company’s commitment to creating a connected tomorrow. Don DeLoach, an IoT thought leader, author and CEO and founder of Rocket Wagon Venture Studios, discussed issues companies should consider as they implement IoT strategies.
Jeremy Udovich, Wisconsin IoT Council chair, laid out plans for the organization, which is operating under the umbrella of the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corp. and within the county’s Fresh Tech Innovation District.
“If your products aren’t interactive, I’m afraid that the folks that do build them, potentially are going to be the ones that might win,” he says. “It was apparent to me that we needed to start this conversation right here in the great state of Wisconsin.”
Udovich says the organization will serve the entire state. It has sourced a board of advisers from across Wisconsin and plans to hold events at locations around the state.
The council has already made its first hire. Ron Rumack is serving as coordinator. He’s a Wisconsin native who spent most of his career on the coasts as a commercial and investment banker but found his passion later in life in technology. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Master of Business Administration program, with an emphasis in information technology management, he also received a graduate certificate in business data analytics.
To join the council or learn more, visit freshtechinnovation.com/wisconsiniot.