THINGS 2018 October Newsletter

THINGS is a coworking place with a hardware, B2B and industrial focus. Founded in 2015, it is a space where startups and industry meet. THINGS Wall of Fame award is presented each year to an exceptional individual who has built a successful business empire based on pioneering innovative hardware technology.

We had the pleasure of meeting three of our hardware heroes during a fireside chat in October 2018 at THINGS KTH located coworking place! Martin Gren, co-founder of Axis Communication, recipient of the award in 2015, was there in spirit but could not join us this time.

John Elvesjö, Nicolas Hassbjer and Stina Ehrensvärd are recipients of the award in 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively and all three are inspirational role models within the startup community in Sweden. Their shared breadth and depth of experience set the fireside chat up to be a riveting and insightful evening of different perspectives.
  • Stina founded Yubico in 2007 and is still very hands-on operational with building the business. 
  • John founded Tobii in 2001 and has just given up his executive role to be a member of the board so he can focus on investing in venture capital. 
  • Nicolas founded HMS founded company in 1988 and after 25 years (21 as CEO/ 4 on the board) he has for some years pursued a non-executive role in currently 8 companies.
A summary of the evening’s discussion is outlined, which took place with an audience drawn from our extended community and represented a cross section of Swedish business, industry and government. For a detailed article of the fireside chat and press images please click here:

Startup journey
“Serendipity moments that just changes everything”. Stina Ehrensvärd.
  • Securing the first customers
  • Scaling
  • Product development
  • Hiring hardware talent
Retrospective learnings
"There are several critical occasions where HMS could have failed”. Nicolas Hassbjer.
  • Becoming over dependent on a single demanding customer
  • Having the wrong owner set up
  • Managing investor relations
Future trends
“I am often struck by how dumb machines are”. John Elvesjö.
  • Internet and device reliability and security
  • IoT interoperability
  • Intelligent machines concept
  • Delivering value to a more demanding user
Get On Top Of LOW POWER SYSTEMS #1: 30 Oct

Introducing Get On Top Of LOW POWER SYSTEMS for autumn/ winter 2018. Come and join us for this challenging and high priority topic with expert speakers in: energy harvesting, battery technology, low power components, design and networks.


Get On Top Of ROBOTICS #2: 6 Nov

Robotics has a vast range of applications at greater efficiencies, faster speed, higher precision and better robustness. The field has advanced greatly with sensor development, application of big data & AI and progression of control systems with complex interconnected nonlinear dynamics. What are the current advances and future potential?

Get On Top Of MACHINE LEARNING #6: 27 Nov

Machine learning algorithms use computational methods to learn information directly from data without relying on a predetermined equation as a model. Where are we at and where will it take us? Speakers to be updated continuously. So watch this space!

2018 IoT Solutions World Congress

The leading event in Europe that links IoT with the Industry, the 2018 IoT Solutions World Congress took place 16-18 October in Barcelona. 16,250 attendees gathered with 341 exhibitors, covering 7 themes: connected transport, manufacturing, healthcare, energy & utilities, buildings & infrastructure, open industry and enabling IOT. The 3-day congress was a bringing together of the best minds in the industry to discuss key topics, present case studies, illustrate solutions and forge connections. 
THINGS was in place representing the SMSE alliance in a “Swedish IoT” booth together with Berotec, CombiQ, Ekkono, Endian Technologies, Flic, Gemit, Imagimob, Infracontrol, Joman Robotics, Lumen Radio, MTEK Industry, Springworks, Tele2 IoT, WSI and WBIRD. The SMSE alliance organised also the Swedish IoT Smörgåsbord side event, an opportunity for all participating alliance companies to present themselves to interested congress attendees, in addition to hosting a networking Executive Roof Top Cava Reception.

This was the third consecutive year with a Swedish IoT stand at IOTSWC organised and paid for by the SMSE members themselves to promote Sweden as a great place to look for IoT experience and solutions.

“You are a reference in country IoT ecosystem”.
Francisco Maroto, Principal Advisor, IoT and Telecoms, EMEA at Ecosystm. 
Inkonova: Terra Drone, a leading global commercial drone technology company, acquires a significant stake in Inkonova!

MTEK Industry signs an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) agreement with ABB Robotics!

Ingrid Cloud were exhibiting at London Build on 23-24 Oct, the leading and largest construction and design show for London!

Waysure:  The Vinnova backed project, Network-RTK Positioning for Automated Driving (NPAD) designs infrastructure and systems for accurate positioning for mobile platforms using GNSS as a sensor. Waysure is part of the project consortium which includes also RISE, AstaZero, Ericsson, Lantmäteriet, AB Volvo, Scania, Einride and Caliterra.


Gleechi receives 21m kr in EU funding. Gleechi develops software solutions to enable hand interaction between humans, computers and robots. Congratulations, this is fantastic!

CaCharge is recruiting for a PR and Marketing Manager! CaCharge offers a solution for an easy, affordable and energy efficient upgrade of parking spaces to charging points.

#1 hub in Sweden for B2B, hardware and industry focused startups

With an unrivalled network of business and academic partners domestically and abroad within the areas of IoT, Automation, Robotics, 3D Printing/ Scanning and Energy.

"...the membership has given us a platform to meet large companies and not only inform them of what we are doing, but examine collaboration too." James Tidd, CEO Waysure 

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THINGS is looking for volunteers

Do you know any one who would like to volunteer at THINGS and be a part of the #1 hardware and B2B startup community in Sweden? We are looking for positive, motivated and reliable individuals who are creative, helpful and take the initiative to help with daily routines, events and more! In return, there will be the possibility of some paid events related work and the opportunity to learn and network. For further details contact:

Early-stage startups and teams with exciting business ideas, Sting's Test Drive Digital starts in November and they are looking for future stars! The program focuses on business-critical areas such as business models, sales strategies, barriers to entry, internationalization, financing options, leadership etc. Want to get support to sharpen your business (idea)? Read more about the program and apply now! 

Upstart is an annual tech startup conference in Uppsala Castle. The ScaleUP stage is new for 2018 and is well worth checking out if you are looking to scale and expand your business.
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THINGS Stockholm is a co-working space for startups, at the cutting edge of the digital transformation. Our vision is to transform innovation in small companies into large scale value creation through collaboration with corporates. We do this by nurturing and bringing together startups and corporates in order to catalyse the domestic and global development of innovative products and services within IoT, automation, 3D scanning & printing, robotics & energy. 

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