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Things Connected NI Programme


Calling all SMEs...you can now apply for funding to create and trial new digital technology products and services on the new free-to-use Internet of Things NI network. Funding deadline extended to 27th July 2018! Full details and links to funding at https://lpwan.ulster.ac.uk/


Things Connected Northern Ireland’, a local public sector consortium (led by Ulster University and including local Councils, Invest NI and Tourism NI), has partnered with the technical innovation accelerator Digital Catapult to bring an internet of things (IoT) network to Northern Ireland.

This aims to help tackle the barriers to technology by providing an LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) network that is free to use and available to IoT entrepreneurs to prototype, test and scale up IoT ideas (see registration below). It is intended that access to this network will encourage the deployment of sensors, applications and services and enable businesses to develop exciting and novel IoT products and services.

‘Things Connected NI’ seeks to build on the region’s growing strengths in the digital sector, to encourage businesses and researchers to discover new ways of solving challenges using digital technology, IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning, immersive and creative technologies.

Challenge Call & Funding Opportunities for SMEs

To support these aims, ‘Things Connected NI’ have established a £145k funded Challenge Programme, which is now live. Aimed at SMEs, the programme will provide support for Northern Ireland companies that want to enhance their competitive edge by working together to address challenges in urban and rural Northern Ireland, around a number of key areas, using IoT sensor technology. These include:


Advanced Manufacturing


Smart Buildings

Creative Technologies


Transport & Logistics

Playable Spaces

Funding will be available across these challenge areas, with an initial award of £2,000 being offered to successful and eligible applicant companies, and further funding will be available to those prototypes deemed to have business growth potential. If your business is interested in the Challenge Fund and keen to explore these technologies, free training and guidance will be offered from a range of sources, including University staff, local IoT networks, early adopter SMEs and meet-ups.

SMEs will undertake creative developments including sensor measurements, data collection, data processing etc to address these current sensors and how to best use this smart digital technology.

Further Information:

For more details, please visit:


For an application form please visit https://lpwan.ulster.ac.uk/index.php/lpwan-ni-funded-challenges/

To register for a ‘Things Connected NI’ account, visit https://dashboard.thingsconnected.net/register 

Sign up now for free access to the network and free training (funded by Digital Catapult). Check out these other links for more information.



Or contact: Ulster University NIBEC - Tel: 028 9036 8933 or www.nibec.ulster.ac.uk


Amazon Web Services (AWS) Training Event – Thursday 14 June, 2018


Ulster University is hosting an Amazon Web Services training event at its NIBEC (Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre) site at the Jordanstown campus from 1-4.30pm on Thursday 14 June to help up-skill local SMEs for the ‘Things Connected NI’ activities.

This event is a half day training on AWS (Amazon Web Services) and delivered by Amazon experts. We have 50 places for this great opportunity for any interested SMEs.

Further details and event registration can be found here: