May 21, 2018

Queen City to be wireless world throne room during Connectivity Expo; FCC chair to speak

2018-05-21T18:11:48+00:00 May 21st, 2018|

RIoT was featured on WRAL TechWire in this post announcing the upcoming Connectivity Expo, taking place on May 21 through May 24 in Charlotte. Click here to check out the post and for more details on the Connect (X) event which provides a full slate of panels, speakers, workshops, forums, and networking, all with the intention of bringing [...]

May 3, 2018

NC RIoT selects 10 startups for accelerator program

2018-05-03T03:57:25+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|

RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder was featured on WRAL TechWire in this post announcing the 10 startups chosen for the inaugural RIoT Accelerator program. Click here to check out the post and details about the selected startup teams.

Feb 14, 2018

Tapping Beer: A Data Story

2018-02-20T21:56:43+00:00 February 14th, 2018|

This article was originally published on Click here to check out the full post on how the Internet of Things (IoT) is flattening the supply chain and providing direct connection between producers and consumers that has never existed before.

Dec 13, 2017

Want Smarter Cities with Smarter Startups? Try Durham’s Open Data Approach to Smart Government

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

This article was originally published on This is the latest contributor post from Tom Snyder, Executive Director of RIoT, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs focused on growing Internet of Things opportunities regionally and nationally.  Data is fueling the fourth wave of the global economy. The [...]

Oct 31, 2017

Is Cary, NC the Next Smart City? How the Town Tackles Community Challenges with IoT

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 October 31st, 2017|

This article was originally published on This is the latest contributor post from Tom Snyder, Executive Director of RIoT, a Raleigh, North Carolina-based network of technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs focused on growing Internet of Things opportunities regionally and nationally.  Cities everywhere are striving to become “Smart” as they push for data-driven [...]

Sep 21, 2017

RIoT Awarded $500k EDA Grant to Launch Startup Accelerator Program

2017-09-22T13:29:28+00:00 September 21st, 2017|

$500,000 Awarded to NC RIoT Accelerator Program for Disruptive Technology through the Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program. Click here for our media press release.   Anyone who has attended a RIoT has heard the question, “How many industrial revolutions have there been in our history?” The answer is three: mechanized production, electricity [...]

Aug 14, 2017

Are the Carolinas Leading the Next Industrial Revolution?

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 August 14th, 2017|

This article was originally published on This is the first in a series of posts by Tom Snyder, Executive Director of RIoT, which brings together technologists, engineers, business leaders, academics, policy makers, and entrepreneurs, to capture and create Internet of Things opportunities across the region.  Historians point to three times that technology advancements have fundamentally changed societal [...]

Jun 29, 2017

Tom Snyder featured in 50th Anniversary Issue of “Computer”, The IEEE Computer Society’s Flagship Publication

2017-06-29T18:39:29+00:00 June 29th, 2017|

One of the premiere academic journals in computing and engineering, IEEE Computer Society's journal Computer, recently released its 50th anniversary edition. The flagship publication chose a forward-looking theme to commemorate the anniversary: Computing: The Next 50 Years.  Executive Director of NC RIoT, Tom Snyder, was featured as a co-author of "The Internet of Everything", an [...]

Jun 16, 2017

2nd Annual RIoT Startup Pitch Night Featured on WRAL TechWire

2017-06-16T10:50:21+00:00 June 16th, 2017|

RIoT Executive Director Tom Snyder was featured as a WRAL TechWire contributor in this post recapping RIoT's 2nd Annual Startup Pitch Night. Click here to check out the post and a run down of the pitches, panel discussions, and championship belt award.

Jun 13, 2017

News of RIoT’s Startup Pitch Night Trending on ExitEvent

2017-06-13T21:33:07+00:00 June 13th, 2017|

ExitEvent, North Carolina's source for news, information and tools related to up-and-coming tech metros in NC, recently profiled our Startup Pitch Night. The annual event, held last week at James B. Hunt Library’s Duke Energy Hall, once again featured five local IoT startups who "pitched investors in hopes of earning the coveted RIoT Championship Belt," [...]

Apr 6, 2017

RIoT at EnviroTech Summit – The Intersection of IoT and the Environment

2017-04-06T16:25:00+00:00 April 6th, 2017|

The 4th Industrial Revolution transforms environmental management, agriculture, and air, land and water use. Join industry professionals solving environmental problems through the deployment of remote sensors, connected devices, drone technology and big data analytics. Food, beer and t-shirt swag included! Use code NCRIOT15 for a 15% discount for both exhibiting and attending. You can register [...]

Mar 14, 2017

Reverse-pitch competition matches connection Qs with gigabit As

2017-03-14T00:09:54+00:00 March 14th, 2017|

This article was originally published by Ann-Marie Grissino on Imagine entering your home, lights and A/C perfectly timed to come on, your smart phone having searched for and now playing your favorite music, and searches across smart TVs in your home resulting in techno news scheduled to start after dinner. All your smart devices are connected [...]

Mar 3, 2017

Gigabit ‘Reverse Pitch’ kickoff event draws statewide audience

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 March 3rd, 2017|

Thanks to WRAL Techwire for publishing this article on our Gigabit 'Reverse Pitch' kickoff event. ————————— Over 300 people across the state came together via simulcast last night for a RIoT event supporting US Ignite’s national Gigabit Reverse Pitch initiative in North Carolina. Initiated by North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) in partnership with New [...]

Feb 3, 2017

RIoT Group Spreading Wings with Events Beyond NC

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 February 3rd, 2017|

This article was originally published by Rick Smith on If there is anything in tech growing as fast as IoT, it may be RIoT. From launch just two years ago to more than 3,000 members, a growing list of sponsors - and now even more more big shows. RIoT, the rapidly growing Internet of Things grassroots [...]

Jan 24, 2017

From Hype to Reality: Top 5 IoT Things to Watch for in 2017

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 January 24th, 2017|

Thanks to WRAL Techwire for publishing our take on the top 5 IoT things to watch for in 2017. ————————— Eighteen months ago, the Internet of Things sat atop the Gartner Hype Cycle, the technology research firm’s famous forecast of all things technology. The term remains a buzzword - heralded as the 4th Industrial Revolution [...]

Dec 7, 2016

Guest Post on the MBA in IoT by Jesse Jones

2018-02-14T04:33:37+00:00 December 7th, 2016|

DO YOU KNOW WHAT I DID LAST SUMMER? AN MBA IN IOT By Jesse Jones This article first appeared on the Forrest Firm Blog. 2016 has been a big year in a lot of ways. Often at this time of year, I reflect on the events and people that shaped me as a person and professional, [...]

Nov 10, 2016

Video: Accelerating the IoT Economy

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 November 10th, 2016|

Tom Snyder, RIoT's Executive Director, spoke in Charlotte about the Internet of Things of economy in October 2016. Enjoy! You can view it here.

Nov 2, 2016

RIoT XIII Recap – Raleigh event’s scale, crowd make clear NC is serious IoT player

2018-02-21T04:59:13+00:00 November 2nd, 2016|

This article originally appeared on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 marks the day when North Carolina officially staked their claim as a serious player in the new Internet of Things economy. RIoT XIII Demo Night crested 800 attendees at the Raleigh Convention Center. The event was in partnership with the All Things Open conference, which [...]

Oct 27, 2016

The Photo Recap of RIoT XIII

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 October 27th, 2016|

Last night's RIoT was incredibly fun. Counting all demo companies and RIoTers in attendance, we surpassed 800 people. Collectively we consumed 937 BBQ sliders, 579 five alarm chicken wings, 499 grilled cheeses, and kicked three kegs in 45 minutes. Well done, RIoTers, well done. We'll share a more thorough recap of the event next week. [...]

Oct 24, 2016

RIoT XIII Shapes Up As Largest RIoT Event Ever

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 October 24th, 2016|

Thanks to WRAL Techwire for publishing our preview and pre-summary of RIoT XIII. It's our biggest RIoT event ever, and the single largest IoT demo showcase on a single night in the country. Credit goes to the RIoT community for making this the size it is! --------------------------- Wednesday night's RIoT XIII Demo Showcase will be [...]

Oct 24, 2016

RIoT & Bright Wolf in Huffington Post

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 October 24th, 2016|

To help gauge the impact of last week's DDoS attack on Dyn and the IoT community, Huffington Post Beverly Macy reached out RIoT for guidance. The original article lives here, and also below. We snuck in a mention of local IoT favorite Bright Wolf, too. Did Baby Monitors Really Cause The Internet To Go Down? - [...]

Oct 18, 2016

RIoT XIII Demo Companies at All Things Open

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 October 18th, 2016|

RIoT XIII Demo Night at All Things Open is shaping up to be our biggest RIoT event to date. A big driver of the size of the event is that we'll hit 60+ companies demoing over 100 IoT products. Here's a snapshot of what attendees can expect to see, touch, and feel. It's not too [...]

Sep 23, 2016

RIoT XII Recap & Presentations

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 September 23rd, 2016|

To grab the presentations from RIoT XII, download the PDF here. Our recap of RIoT XII originally appeared on WRAL Techwire. Autonomous is getting real. Fast. In the last 30 days we’ve seen two major advancements in federal policy governing autonomous vehicles. First, local company PrecisionHawk received Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly drones beyond [...]

Sep 16, 2016

More Detail on RIoT XII Speakers

2018-02-14T04:33:38+00:00 September 16th, 2016|

Looking for more insight into what you'll hear at RIoT XII - Autonomous Vehicles? Check out these two abstracts from PrecisionHawk and ANSYS Building Big Data Solutions for Drone Data: The New Age of Aerial Information Tyler Collins, VP Airspace Services, PrecisionHawk PrecisionHawk will showcase its LATAS (Low Altitude Traffic and Airspace Safety) safety platform for widespread drone integration. Thousands [...]