SmartSheffield #13 - Something in the Air

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Ove Arup & Partners

9th Floor, 3 St Paul's Place

Norfolk Street


S1 2JE

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The SmartSheffield Meetup returns in September for a new run of events, starting with a focus on initiatives that tackle the city's Air Quality!

SmartSheffield is an open forum for people interested in urban innovation and the use of new technologies and approaches to help to address challenges both big and small. We're very happy to announce new sponsorships with Ove Arup Group, Pitch-In at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Digital and a new run of six events planned for the first Monday every two months, starting on the 2nd September.

For our first meetup back, we'll be looking at current efforts to measure air quality across the city, both institutional and community-driven, and what kinds of interventions are being proposed.


  • Martin Mayfield will provide an update on the Urban Flows Observatory, including it's air quality monitoring capability.
  • Simon Redding and Simon Nieder from SPire Digital will talk about the TTN & Adafruit M0 based low cost sensor network they are buildfing in Chesterfield for real-time monitoring of PM1/2.5/10, NO2, CO, NH3 & VOCs.

More will be announced very shortly.

As always, there will also be a Sheffield Things Network meeting beforehand at 5pm. Steve Jubb from the Urban Flows Observatory is chairing - please choose the Things Network Meeting ticket option if you would like to attend, and join the Things Network Sheffield community for more info and to stay up to date with activity. Get in touch with Steve there if there's anything you would like to add to the agenda!


The SmartSheffield meetup is a free and inclusive open forum and social meeting space for anyone interested in 'smart cities' and urban innovation, and everyone is welcome.

We employ Sheffield Digital's Code of Conduct and abide by the standards it lays down.

To get an idea of the kinds of topics we cover, please read about the previous meetups at the SmartSheffield website, and check out the open Trello board where videos and slides are published.

As always, food and drinks are very kindly laid on by Arup UK - please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Places are limited to 40 people, so please register early. (Also, if you have a ticket and can't attend, please release your reservation for others, thanks!)

We really look forward to seeing you there and hope you can make it!

Chris Dymond - Sheffield Digital & Unfolding.
Matt Proctor - Arup.

About SmartSheffield:

SmartSheffield is an open community of people and organisations who are interested in the ‘smart city’ concept and its applications in Sheffield. The group meets regularly, generally on the first Monday of every other month, in the café space at Arup's Sheffield office on the top floor of the 3 St Paul's Place building.

The group is open for anyone to come along, find out what’s going on and contribute - the main aims of the group are to bring people together who share an interest in using technology to improve the city and the lives of its citizens, and to discover, discuss, get involved and give birth to local smart city projects.

The format is informal and similar to that of an 'Open Space': following introductions, the first hour or so is given over to presentations and all-group discussion - there is a presentation space for anyone to present their project, idea or challenge, and you can either let us know in advance or turn up on the day and we'll allocate times based on how many people are taking the floor. There are also break-out spaces for further conversations and networking in the second half (food and beverages are laid on).

If you let us know in advance that you would like to present, we will reserve your slot and promote your talk so that it's more likely that interested people will attend.

A quick note on the 'smart city' concept and how we treat it: The idea of the 'smart city' is generally thought of as the application of digital technology (especially sensors, data analysis and the internet) to improve the management, planning, sustainability and livability of cities. We like to expand the concept to include new urban applications of technology in general - both 'hard' technologies like sensor systems, communication protocols or materials, and 'soft' human technologies, such as new ways of organising or new business models. We also emphasise the importance of collaboration between citizens, city authorities, private companies and university research. The terms 'future city' or 'urban innovation' might be better suited, but 'smart city' has now stuck!

You can find more information and updates from previous events here:

SmartSheffield is a collaboration between Arup, Unfolding and Sheffield Digital:

Arup logo

Arup is a global independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services to shape the future of the built environment.

The firm's independent spirit, culture of responsibility and unorthodox approach stem in part from its ownership structure, as it is owned in trust on behalf of its staff.

Sheffield was Arup's first UK office to open outside of London and has become embedded in the regeneration of the city, continuously contributing to the region’s transformation.

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Pitch-In - Connecting Capabilities for the Internet of Things

The Pitch-In project (which stands for Promoting the Internet of Things via Collaboration between HEIs and Industry) will extract benefit for the UK from IoT technologies and expertise via wide-ranging collaboration between academic institutions and the public and private sectors.

Funded until 2021 through Research England’s Connecting Capability Fund, the four university partners - Sheffield, Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle - are investigating the adoption of Internet of Things technologies across four priority sectors: Cities, Energy, Health & Wellbeing, and Manufacturing, in order to:

  • Identify barriers to the development and exploitation of the Internet of Things, to trial potential solutions, and to disseminate results.
  • Contribute to the development of a sustainable ecosystem of connected IoT stakeholders (with needs and capabilities), leveraging and complementing existing structures.
  • Demonstrate the benefits to business and universities of engaging with IoT and to facilitate the exploitation of both IoT technology and expertise to make this happen.
  • Develop a means for universities to fully exploit their capabilities to enhance the whole of the IoT innovation ecosystem.

Sheffield Digital logo

Sheffield Digital is the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield's digital industries. Founded in 2015 by five local tech industry veterans, it aims to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region.

Sheffield Digital does this by concentrating on three things:

CONNECT – bringing together the people and businesses that are Sheffield’s digital industries, to foster collaboration and learning, and to have fun.

REPRESENT – providing a single, powerful voice for the digital community in order to influence policy makers and educators.

PROMOTE – shouting about our digital businesses and their capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.

Sheffield Digital operates on a not-for-profit basis, with any income made going back into running the organisation and supporting the work it does. It exists to support and amplify the wide range of activity that is already going on in Sheffield, and will not duplicate or compete with initiatives or events that already exist. The organisation is founded on principles of independence and sustainability, which means that it does not rely on public sector funding, but on support from the community via individual and company memberships, and by sponsorship from selected non-digital companies.

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