26 February - 1 March 2018


Ian Hughes

Ian Hughes


Senior Analyst, Internet of Things


451 Research


Ian Hughes is a Senior Analyst for the Internet of Things practice at 451 Research. He has more than 29 years of experience in emerging technology as a developer, architect and consultant through key technology trends.

Ian has 20 years of experience at IBM in cross-industry application development. This included automotive, global sporting events, retail and telecoms.

He was early to the Web development space in 1998 and social media in 2004, and was influential in virtual-worlds adoption in 2006-09. He spent the next seven years at his own consulting company, where he presented a regular emerging technology feature, on a UK Saturday morning children's TV show, built virtual disaster simulators for hospitals, pitched startups to investors, wrote a technology column for a fashion magazine and wrote two sci-fi novels, Reconfigure and Cont3xt, based in a near future of VR, AR, IoT and Quantum Mechanics.