ThingMonk 2016Developers, Data, Design: The New Industrial

ThingMonk Talks

Abby Kearns Bio

Abby is a true tech veteran, with an 18 year career spanning product marketing, product management and consulting at a mix of Fortune 500 and startup companies. As the first fellow at Cloud Foundry Foundation and VP of Strategy, Abby was responsible for structuring and executing operational and strategic initiatives, as well as leading the User Advisory Board and Industry Special Interest Groups. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was part of the Product Management team at Pivotal, focusing on Pivotal Cloud Foundry. Previously, Abby led a Product Management and Product Marketing team at Verizon focused on cloud services. In her free time, Abby enjoys posting up at her local coffee shop, indulging in food and wine, and spending time with her husband and son.

Johan Stokking Bio

Johan Stokking is tech lead and co-founder of The Things Network. Together with a strong community, he is on a mission to build an open, crowd sourced and decentralized internet of things data network. The city of Amsterdam was covered in six weeks. Global coverage is next.

Johan started The Things Network in the summer of 2015 with Wienke Giezeman. With over a 100 communities worldwide, impact on thousands of people and a reach in the millions, they are committed to build the global network together with the community.

Dr. Lucy Rogers Bio

Lucy is a Maker, an engineer and a problem solver. She is adept at bringing others' ideas to life, be it animatronic dinosaurs at Blackgang Chine Theme Park, or miniature mannequins for marketing bespoke dresses. She specialises in taking new technologies into traditional industries and loves to combine ideas from different fields into one package.

She is also skilled at translating technology into Plain English. She is the author of “It’s ONLY Rocket Science" and the soon-to-be published “Wiring the Internet of Things”.

Lucy is one of the leading cheerleaders for the Maker Industry - she celebrates the joy of making and encourages and supports both individual Makers and the industry. This has lead to interesting opportunities such as becoming a judge on the BBC's Robot Wars television show.

Roslyn Scott Bio

Roslyn founded MobiCycle Ltd, a electronic waste tech startup that addresses the challenges around motivating consumers to change their behaviour, in 2012. EAdvisor helps consumers who lack either the time to be more sustainable, or are unaware of local options for recycling, who rely on public transport, are unable to access facilities. Sensors4Bins sends waste data collected by sensors to a dashboard via low power wide area networks. Organisations can track how much waste is in their containers by tonnage (as opposed to volume) and gauge how well their recycling programmes are changing consumer behaviour, on a bin by bin basis

Kamil Baczkowicz Bio

Kamil is a Technical Architect at DeltaRail. He’s been working with MQTT and other messaging technologies since 2009 as part of the IECC Scalable development programme – the leading railway signalling control system in the UK. Author of @mqtt_spy.

Yodit Stanton Bio

CEO, & ThingMonk Regular

Clemens Vasters Bio

Lead Architect, Azure Messaging Services

Ben Stopford Bio

Ben is an engineer and architect at Confluent Inc (the company behind Apache Kafka) where he’s worked on a range of projects from implementing the latest version of the replication protocol through to developing strategies for streaming applications. Before Confluent Ben designed and built a central streaming database for a large investment bank. His earlier career spanned a variety of projects at Thoughtworks and UK-based enterprise companies. Find out more at

Gary Barnett Bio

Gary Barnett is CTO for, a non-profit IoT startup. In his day job Gary is an industry analyst and leads the Enterprise Advisory business for Current Analysis.