To refer to the conference by its full name (my hand to God), "Internet of things: Rise of the machines" takes place off the Strand at the headquarters of the British Computer Society on Southampton Street. It runs from May 4 through May 6, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
The Internet of Things is "hot" again, according to mashup. Well, here at ReadWriteWeb, we've known that for a while. Anything that enables you to core an apple just by thinking about it super hard* is something we are down for.
I'd hardly call an org that throws a conference named after a robot apocalypse deadly serious, but here's their more...sober definition of IoT.
"IoT is, in its simplistic form, tiny sensors that are embedded into physical things which are connected (wireless or wired) to create benefit from process change or data analysis. Underlying the IoT are technologies such as NFC, sensors, and smartphones. IoT focuses on either services that collect data and analyze the data and the output is information or services that collect data but also close the loop and affect the physical world."
*You can't actually do this, even with technology. You'll rupture something. Instead, read the 2005 CASAGRAS Report to get more background on the thinking and tech behind the conference.