At the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2014, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco, said that the IoT would lead to greater efficiency, better decision making and contribute over 19 trillion dollars to the global economy.At element14, we were already ahead of the curve. Our first webinar referencing the Internet of Things occurred in 2012. In late 2013, we launched the "Smarter Life" design competition, whose main emphasis was to advance the development of smarter, networked appliances. We followed this up with the "Forget Me Not" challengewhich utilised the Raspberry Pi B Plus, EnOcean sensors and the Eclipse Foundation's Internet of Things platform. The purpose of this competition was to inspire applications which addressed gaps in human memory. The projects that were created were breathtakingly innovative and also proved how accessible the Internet of Things has become. In many ways, it was rather like witnessing the first powered flights: the Internet of Things proved not only that it could get off the ground: it could also soar.