IoT Engine is a new pre-accelerator programme based at the brand-new Barnsley DMC02 MakerLab which will support businesses with aspects of the Internet of Things (IoT) and associated technology – like sensors, software/hardware and making use of data.
IoT Engine is a TEAM SY programme partnered with Connexin, an innovative and disruptive technology company specialising in building and operating award-winning Smart City Infrastructure to support the Internet of Things.
The programme will provide support through;
1:1 mentoring on the use of IoT
Prototype development to demonstrate proof-of-concept
Workshops with IoT experts
Networking events with customers, suppliers and thought leaders
The programme aims to validate business concepts, help build an early version of a product and explore technical strategy to establish a new company, expand existing companies, or introduce a new product or service to the businesses.
“The programme is going well: we’ve had a steady flow of applicants and we’re just starting to close off our first couple of projects with positive outcomes. Overall, people are thrilled to have access to the programme and the assistance we’re providing. People are excited by the catalytic effect we will have or have had on their businesses, whether an enabler for a new businesses or invigoration of a more established SME. We’re also very fortunate to have Lauren onboard now, who is already proving to be a key member of the team and helping us to deliver high quality assistance to our participants. We’ve got more really exciting projects in the pipeline and I’m excited to get stuck in! The partnership with TEAM SY has been invaluable thus far for their experience with leading similar programmes in the past, and with the entrepreneurial network they nurture. They have provided several helpful routes for some of the applicants on the programme to get tailored help with growing their businesses and skillsets.” – Dr Rikki Coles
Dr Rikki Coles
TEAM Senior Technical Lead
Rikki brings 15+ years of experience in IoT, Analytics, Physics (including medical), and Software Engineering to the programme from the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the Universities of Sheffield and Nottingham, and the retail sector. During this time, Rikki has delivered novel peer-reviewed research in applied quantum physics, industrial innovation around Industry 4.0 in the high value manufacturing sector, and data-driven business insights across a range of sectors. Rikki has a wealth of experience in engaging with start-ups and SMEs, public sector institutions and open-source communities, plus large international organisations with everything from hands-on technical development to solution architecture, dissemination, leadership, and strategy/policy. Rikki’s passion is solving, or helping others to solve, challenging technical problems for the benefit of people and planet!
TEAM Programme Co-ordinator
Lauren has recently graduated from the University of Durham and is excited to get involved with IoT activities in the region. After leading on a research project about Employment and Skills opportunities in Barnsley, she joined the Digital Media Centre, where the programme is based, and developed an interest in the digital ecosystem. Lauren is passionate about supporting others to innovate and grow, and is looking forward to building stronger connections with SMEs in the region.