How is the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) different from the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and other IoT-focused organizations?

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How is the Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF) different from the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) and other IoT-focused organizations?

The IoTWF is a group created and hosted by Cisco that brings together executive representatives from more than 75 vendors, industry leaders, academia representatives, and IoT thought leaders with the purpose of working together to accelerate IoT market awareness and adoption and move the industry forward across primary IoT areas. The IoTWF Steering Committee membership is by invitation only and does not have an associated fee to participate. The IoTWF hosts an annual event where the advances and agreements reached by the members are showcased and shared.

The IIC is a consortium also focused on promoting awareness of IoT and fostering collaboration, but it has a narrower messaging focus and specific industries. Some IoT organizations develop standards. The IIC focuses on creating frameworks for production environments for industrial Internet applications using common architecture and standards. The IIC is open to any organization and is a fee-based membership.

Is there a charge to attend the event?

There is no charge to attend the Internet of Things World Forum. Registrants are responsible for their own travel to and from the event and for hotel accommodations. Cisco will provide the following:

Transportation to and from the Museum of Science and Industry for the evening event on Wednesday, October 15

Breakfast and lunch on October 15 and 16

Where will the event be held?

Hyatt Regency Chicago 151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, Illinois, USA 60601

What are the official start and end times of the event?

General session will officially begin at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14. However, on Tuesday, October 14, we will offer an optional research symposium from 8:30–11:30 a.m. and a Smart City walking tour from 11:30 a.m.–12:50 p.m. The event will officially conclude at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 16.

What is the attire for this event?

Attire is business casual for the IoTWF.

I am interested in learning more about some of your event sponsors. Will there be an opportunity onsite?

Yes. All of our event sponsors will have a presence in the exhibitor showcase area. Diamond, platinum, and titanium sponsors will also have private meeting rooms.


Who is invited to this event?


Invitees includebusiness and global thought leaders from across industries, technologies, and geographies who are passionate about accelerating the advancement of the Internet of Things for their organizations and society as a whole.

Can I bring my spouse/partner to the IoTWF?

You are welcome to bring your spouse/partner to Chicago; however, the conference program and evening events are for invited attendees only.

Can I bring my children to the IoTWF?

No. Children are not permitted at the event.


I registered for the event, but I did not receive a confirmation. Whom do I contact?

I am having difficulties processing my registration. Whom do I contact for support?

I forgot my password. How can it be reset?

Contact or click “forgot  password”  on  the  login  screen.

I registered for sessions, but now I want to make a change. How can the change be made?

You may remove a session by clicking that session on your schedule and clicking the red x.

If you would like to add a new session that conflicts with something on your schedule, you may go ahead and add the session, and the system will ask you if you would like to replace the session on your schedule with the new desired session.

If further assistance is needed, contact

If I need to cancel my attendance, whom do I contact?


How do I make changes to an existing hotel reservation?

To modify an existing reservation, log back into your profile. You will be able to modify the booking online.

If additional support is needed, contact

How do I cancel my hotel reservation?

To cancel an existing reservation, log back into your profile. You will be able to cancel the booking online.

If additional support is needed, contact

Can I extend my stay at the hotel or arrive early?


If you want to arrive prior to the start of the event or extend your stay after the event, send a request to

Will I be required to pay a deposit to secure my room?

The hotel will require a first night deposit. This deposit will be charged to the credit card on file after September 19, 2014.

What is the room cost per night?

Cisco has negotiated a special group rate for the attendees. Standard single or double occupancy rooms are

$239.00 plus 16.5 percent tax per night.

Does the hotel have smoking rooms?

The Hyatt Regency Chicago is a nonsmoking hotel. We will not be able to provide accommodations that permit smoking.


Which is the nearest airport to fly into?

O’Hare  International  Airport  (ORD)  is  approximately 18 miles from the Hyatt Regency Chicago. O’Hare  is   recommended for all international travel and most U.S. domestic flights. For more information, visit

Midway Airport (MDW) is approximately 12 miles from the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Midway can be used for select U.S. domestic airline carriers. Determine which airport is best for you by visiting What are the passport/visa requirements?

A passport valid for at least six months from the intended return date is required to enter the United States.

Visas are required for nationalities that are not included in the visa waiver scheme.

Are there any recent changes to registration for entering the United States?

Travelers to the United States who do not need a visa (anyone who is staying less than 90 days) must register their travel information in the new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) website at least three days before their flight departs.

The new ESTA procedure applies to citizens from the 27 Visa Waiver Program countries, including most of Western Europe, in addition to Australia, Brunei, Japan, and New Zealand.

Eligible travelers may submit applications to the ESTA system at any time up until three days before departure to the United States. To avoid any inconvenience or delay, travelers are encouraged to apply for ESTA authorization as soon as they begin to plan their trip.

How do I obtain a visa invitation letter, if needed?

During the event registration process, answer "yes" to the question asking if you need a visa letter. An email will be sent to you with a personalized letter attached in .pdf format that you can provide to the embassy.

Additionally, you may contact the registration team at to request the letter.


Important update: If you are a national of any of the following countries, although you qualify to enter the United States on the Visa Waiver Program, you will require a machine-readable passport: Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, The

Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Visit the U.S. Department of State website for the most up-to-date list of participating countries in the Visa Waiver Program and more information about temporary visitors to the United States.


How do I get  from  O’Hare  to  the  Hyatt  Regency  Chicago?

Taxi: Approximately $30 to $40. O’Hare  Airport  is  approximately  18  miles  from  the  Hyatt  Regency   Chicago.

L Train: $5 per person to and from O'Hare International Airport. Pickup for the train is below the baggage claim area (follow signs to C.T.A.). Take the L Train to the Clark/Lake stop (approximately seven blocks from hotel). Walk east on Lake to Stetson Street, turn left on Stetson Street, and walk one block to the hotel. Note: This method is not recommended if you have more than one bag because there are numerous escalators and turnstiles. Guest can take a cab or walk from the Clark/Lake stop.

Private limo services: Can be arranged through the hotel concierge at 312 565-1234, x4511.

Go Airport Express (shared ride service): From lower level baggage claim area. Transportation service runs daily. Visit for more information, costs, and reservations.

How do I get from Midway to the Hyatt Regency Chicago?

Taxi: Approximately $30 to $40. Midway Airport is approximately 12 miles from the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

L Train: $2.25 per person to and from Midway Airport. From the airport, take the Orange Line to the State and Lake Street stop. Walk one block north to Wacker. Take a right on Wacker; the hotel is approximately three blocks on the right.

Go Airport Express (shared ride service): In the lower baggage claim area. Transportation service runs daily. Visit for more information, costs, and reservations.


What is the weather like in Chicago in mid-October?

Temperatures can range from 46 to 64 degrees Fahrenheit (8 to 18 degrees Celsius). Because weather is unpredictable, you should come prepared for inclement weather.

What electrical supply is offered in Chicago?

Chicago uses 110-volt electricity.


What is the time zone in Chicago?

The time zone in Chicago is Central Time Zone (UTC -05).

What local attractions are available in Chicago?

Visit for links to local attractions and more information about Chicago.



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