#eWEEKchat Jan. 10: Plowing the IoT Greenfield in 2018

Enterprises all over the map are planning--or already selling--products that fit into this burgeoning market. Let’s chat about how this will impact your company in 2018.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT, @eWEEKNews will host its monthly #eWEEKChat. The topic will be "Plowing the IoT Greenfield in 2018." It will be moderated by Chris Preimesberger, who serves as eWEEK's editor of features and analysis.

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Topic: "Plowing the IoT Greenfield in 2018"

Date/time: Jan. 10, 2018 @11a.m. PST/2 p.m. EST/7 p.m. GMT

Hosted by: @eWEEKNews                                           

Moderator: Chris Preimesberger: @editingwhiz

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Chatroom real-time links: Use http://www.tchat.io/rooms/eweekchat.

"Plowing the IoT Greenfield in 2018"

2018 is going to be about a lot of things in the IT realm, but none will be greater or more important to the world at large than the internet of things.

Yes, you probably heard that same claim a year ago—maybe even two years ago. But now we’re seeing many more companies being started up that are dedicated to this massive greenfield opportunity. This means many more new devices, opportunities for side suppliers and jobs in general globally.

We're not kidding about the size of the greenfield. Experts estimate that the IoT will consist of about 30 billion objects by 2020. It is also estimated that the global market value of IoT will reach $7.1 trillion by 2020.

For the record: The internet of things (IoT) is the network of physical devices, vehicles, home appliances, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to connect and exchange data. Each thing is uniquely identifiable through its embedded computing system but is able to inter-operate within the existing Internet infrastructure.

With this in mind, eWEEK is starting its sixth year of eWEEKchats (this one will be No. 63; we've had two special off-the-grid eWEEKchats during the last five years) with a look ahead to 2018 and the new and different things we may expect to encounter.

We will pose questions such as:

--What new devices, software and services might we expect to see in 2018?

--How important will voice control be in the world of IoT?

--Will we ever be able to get a handle on keeping all this new data secure?

--Are wearable computing devices dying?

Plan to join us for what promises to be an informative hour on Jan. 10. See you then.

Chris Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger

Chris J. Preimesberger is Editor-in-Chief of eWEEK and responsible for all the publication's coverage. In his 13 years and more than 4,000 articles at eWEEK, he has distinguished himself in reporting...