Conference: Successful Innovation in the Internet of Things


Wednesday 16 June, 09:30 – 13:00 BST, Zoom


We are delighted to invite you to the final conference for the Pitch-In programme, which has encouraged uptake of IoT technologies through collaborations between universities and industry.


Pitch-In aims to identify ways to encourage the successful development, introduction and further exploitation of the Internet of Things (IoT). A number of IfM-led mini projects have explored how digitalisation and the adoption of IoT can transform the manufacturing industry.


This conference marks the culmination of the three-year Pitch-In programme, which has been funded by Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund.


It has brought together the universities of Sheffield, Cambridge, Newcastle and Oxford to stimulate collaboration between academia and stakeholders across industry, commerce, and the public and third sectors. Its focus has been on solving problems related to innovation, adoption and skills in the Internet of Things (IoT).


IoT technology has the potential to influence many aspects of society and industry. The aim of Pitch-In has been to try to ensure that we build the 'right' sort of IoT systems that will contribute to creating sustainable communities, places and businesses in the long term. Of necessity, building these systems requires significant collaboration among all stakeholders.


Join us to find out how we have demonstrated the value of IoT to the UK's Industrial Strategy.

You’ll learn about the major findings and lessons learned: what worked and what didn’t. We’ll present the programme and the major outcomes from nearly 70 projects involving 80 partners and spread across four key thematic areas - Energy Systems, Smart Cities, Manufacturing, and Health and Wellbeing - along with foundational work that spans all themes.


Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in collaborative working for IoT/digital innovation or adoption, or in IoT/digital skill transfer will find the contents of the conference highly relevant. In the course of Pitch-In we have worked with academics, consultants, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), national catapults, local authorities, and public and third-sector service providers: attendees from any of these sectors will find points of reference and of interest among the topics discussed.

The event will also be of interest to knowledge exchange professionals working with IoT/digital technologies.



Full details to be confirmed via the registration page

  • 0930-0935: Welcome
  • 0935-1000: Summary of Pitch-In: themes, aims, structure, achievements, lessons learned and legacy
  • 1000-1050: Project showcase 1: highlights from the Energy Systems, Smart Cities, Manufacturing, and Health and Wellbeing themes, along with cross-cutting work
  • 1050-1120: BREAK
  • 1120-1150: Project showcase 2: further highlights from the themes
  • 1150-1220: Innovation in IoT in the UK
  • 1220-1230: Towards a connected resilient society
  • 1230-1255: Q&A and discussion session
  • 1255-1300: Conclusion


To register, please visit the Eventbrite event page.


Or for further information please email Kate Price Thomas (, Pitch-In Operations Manager.



For further information please contact:

Events Team

T: +44 (0)1223 748267



To register, please visit the Eventbrite event page.