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Informational Hearing - October 28, 2015

The Challenges and Opportunities of the Internet of Things (“IoT”)

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
10 a.m. 1 p.m.
International House - Auditorium
University of California, Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94720
 

Event Flyer [pdf]
Hearing Agenda - 10-28-15 [pdf]
Hearing Video - 10-28-15

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an emerging technology that looks to digitize the physical world with smart “things” or products that contain embedded software systems, sensors, and network connectivity. The commercialization of the IoT has the potential to open new markets, create productivity improvements for “smart” communities, and create value for consumers, companies, government, and economies.

The growth of this emerging technology will require a highly-trained Information Technology workforce to meet the expected demand for these exciting new IoT products and services. Meeting this demand will require cultivating strong public-private partnerships that will enable stakeholders to tackle the complex technical challenges the IoT is expected to create with privacy, cybersecurity, and interpreting the massive amount of information generated by IoT devices with data analytics.

The hearing will examine the benefits and challenges associated with the IoT and impact it may have on consumers, state and local governments, and businesses. We will also consider what role the Legislature should take in approaching this complex and emerging issue. Key academics, industry experts, government liaisons, and consumer representatives will attend.

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