Funding the Internet of Things: Crowdfunding
The presentation will take the form of a general information session, making use of case studies and examples to highlight different approaches to crowdfunding. Overall, the session will aim to provide the audience with an overview of various crowdfunding approaches and models as well as discuss best practices for how to leverage crowdfunding to finance your project and how to build a successful campaign. The presentation will also provide a brief overview of some legal and/or structural considerations regarding the crowdfunding environment in Canada.
Mila Dechef-Tweddle, Consultant, Nordicity (Presenter)
Building on her background in the cultural and heritage industries, Mila’s role at Nordicity has focused on researching and assessing current structural and economic trends in the various arts, culture and entertainment industries. In particular, Mila’s research has focused on the changing technological environment and how it impacts current creative and business processes.
Prior to joining Nordicity Mila worked for a variety of cultural and heritage organizations where she produced important exhibitions for organizations such as Parks Canada and Greater Toronto Airports Authority.
Mila holds a Master of Museums Studies from the University of Toronto, and a BA (Hon.) from Concordia University. She is fluently bilingual in French and English.
Kristian Roberts, Senior Manager, Nordicity
Kristian is a skilled researcher and writer with significant experience researching, assessing and analysing economic, social and cultural trends, especially those occurring in concert with communications technology.
Building on his interest in digital media, emerging technologies and their impact on economies around the world, and his expertise in economic policy, Kristian has developed a deep understanding of the creative media industries and the convergence of those media as a result of emerging information & communications technologies.
Kristian holds an MSc in International Politics from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a B.A. (Hon.) from Concordia University
The ThingTank Lab is an open, community based collaborative ideation lab. This ideation lab is a place where the exploration, experimentation, and exchange of ideas are developed towards the building of “things”. The things our lab is most interested in are those emerging through the continuing revolution of data driven goods and services, what is notionally discussed as being the “Internet of things”. The next generation of digital content products and services have distributed and diverse modes of interaction where websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience: smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are the Internet of Things.
The lab is fundamentally an interdisciplinary facilitating community. It is the place where the next generation of ideas comes from. Its activities include academics and people from private enterprise as well as sponsoring organizations interested in alternative pre-competitive techniques of idea generation related to building things (and their networks) that address real world problems.
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