She was named 1st in a list of 100 Internet of Things Influencers (Postscapes, 2016), 2nd in Top 100 Internet of Things Thought Leaders (Onalytica, 2014) and in the Top 100 Influencial Tech Women on Twitter (Business Insider, 2014). She’s been included in the longlist of Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in Tech in the UK (2017 & 2018). She has been organising the London Internet of Things Meetup since 2011 and its now the 2nd largest meetup in the world on this topic. Finally, because of her background in industrial and interaction design, she was the first UK distributor of the Arduino and is the founder of the Good Night Lamp which is in the permanent collection of the London Design Museum.
What exactly is the smart home? From a systematic view of home living, to a technical utopia of interoperable experiences the home is the host of many visions created by inventors, industrialists, corporations, architects and designers. Based on her book ‘Smarter Homes: how technology will change your home life’ (Apress, 2018) Alex will describe some of the hidden agendas that do guide design for the home space. Some of these include the transitions between invention & innovation, the need to find justifications for technical progress, the problem of keeping consumption patterns predictable in a post-war Europe and women’s time and space in society. Alex will connect these agendas with today’s internet of things work, research and general direction.