April 10, 2019
nextmedia today announced it has acquired the IoT Festival from sports technology company Vumero.
“The IoT Festival fits brilliantly with nextmedia’s portfolio of technology titles,” said Managing Director Hamish
Bayliss. “We already publish iothub.com.au, and the Internet of Things is a popular theme on iTnews.com.au.”
“We also know that the internet of things is considered the next big growth opportunity for Australia’s IT channel,
the readers of CRN.com.au.” Bayliss said ‘nextmedia will therefore immediately add a new stream dedicated to the
Channel to the 2019 IoT Festival, which will be held in June 2019’.
“It made complete sense to sell the IoT Festival to nextmedia as we believed it was the perfect home due to the company’s strong credentials in this area,” said Johann Odou, Executive Director of Vumero. “As publishers of the IoT Hub, they already have exceptional relationships with the industry and the trust of the market.”
The General Manager of Vumero, Thomas Alomes, also welcomed the sale: “We were excited to see nextmedia’s plans for growing the ecosystem and we are confident they are best equipped to develop what is already the region’s premier IoT event.”
The general manager of nextcustom, Darren McNally, welcomed the deal.
“With the media support of iothub, CRN, iTnews and BIT we are excited about the opportunities this acquisition
presents,” McNally said.
Nextmedia and Vumero previously ran the Australian/New Zealand Sports Tech Awards as a joint venture. That
event will now be wholly owned by Vumero.
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