After previous technology initiatives that Indiana has "missed the boat on," one tech executive says it’s good to see Indiana get behind the rapidly-growing Internet of Things industry. Sharpen Technologies Chief Executive Officer Cameron Weeks was among the organizers of Wednesday’s third annual IndyIoT event, which attracted 450 people. The event in Carmel aimed to show how Indiana, a state known for growing, making and moving things, is well-positioned to be a leader in the emerging sector.

Featured speakers included ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness. There were also 10-minute "burst presentations" and panels featuring speakers including Indiana Chief Innovation Officer Dave Roberts and Rolls-Royce Chief Project Engineer Tiffany White.

McDonald has previously said the Internet of Things will change "the entire landscape" in Indiana, with its impact spreading well beyond the technology sector. In a state with a strong presence in the automotive industry like Indiana, says McDonald, autonomous vehicles will shape the future. However, he adds that innovation will also impact areas including logistics, mass transit and logistics.

Former Indiana Chief Innovation Officer Ian Steff, who has since been appointed to a role in the Trump administration, called the IoT industry "ours to lead" while speaking at last year’s IndyIoT event.

To help fuel Indiana’s future in the industry, Launch Fishers founder John Wechsler is leading the formation of Indiana IoT Lab-Fishers at the city’s certified tech park. Wechsler says the lab aims to be a "sandbox for discovery and development" for entrepreneurs and university students and faculty, with opportunities for research, collaboration and internships.

Weeks says Indiana is an “obvious choice” to be among the leaders in IoT.

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