50 of the Top IoT Authorities on Twitter

The Internet of Things Institute rounded up IoT rock stars and influential IoT organizations on Twitter. Feel free to let us know if you feel we missed someone at @IoTIPenton.

Brian Buntz

August 11, 2016

7 Min Read
Twitter IoT Influencers
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IoT Visionaries

1. Kevin Ashton


Kevin Ashton may not speak constantly of the Internet of Things but he came up with the term way back in 1999. He continues to offer a vision of where the IoT is headed, while also commenting on how the implementation of the technology differs from his initial predictions regarding the technology.

2. Chris Anderson


The British-American author and entrepreneur is now the CEO of drone maker 3D robotics. Anderson was the former editor-in-chief at Wired magazine and had worked at the Economist before that.

3. Rowan Trollope


Cisco’s senior vice president leads the company’s IoT division as well as its collaboration group, its analytics and automation division, and its Devnet developer platform division.

4. Brenna Berman


Chicago’s Chief Innovation Officer is overseeing one of the most aggressive smart cities initiatives in North America—the Array of Things. The project will collect real-time data on everything from the environment to traffic levels. City officials see the project as being a “fitness tracker” for the city.

5. Timothy Chou


The lecturer at Stanford University has published one of the best books on the IoT, titled “Precision: Principles, Practices and Solutions for the Internet of Things.”

6. Scott Amyx


The CEO at Amyx+, an award-winning IoT strategy and innovation lab, Amyx was the winner of Cloud & DevOps World Innovation Award.

7. Tamara McCleary


McCleary, the founder and CEO of Thulium Inc., is an expert on technology trends. She is an IBM futurist who counts Verizon Enterprise, IBM, the U.S. Department of Defense, among others as clients.

8. Don Deloach


The CEO of Infobright, regularly comments on how the Internet of Things is leading to disruptive change in niches ranging from healthcare to city administration.

9. Stefan Ferber


The VP Bosch Software Innovations, Ferber is an expert on the Industrial Internet.

10. Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino


The designer of an IoT product known as the Goodnight lamp, Deschamps-Sonsino runs one of the largest IoT-related meetups in the world—in London. She also leads a firm known as Design Swarm that focuses on the IoT. The firm has worked with BBC R&D, Nokia, British Gas, EDF R&D, and British Telecom.

11. Michael Sim


The social media marketing manager at Aeris has emerged as one of the most influential people writing about IoT on Twitter. He was featured in Onalytica’s list of ‘Top 100 Influencers and Brands for M2M and IoT.

12. Mike Gualtieri


Gualtieri is a Forrester VP and Principal Analyst who covers everything from analytics and AI to IoT.

13. Ronald van Loon


Van Loon, the director of the European firm Adversitement, has emerged as an expert on a range of subjects including Big Data and the Internet of Things. He has been featured in the The Economist and The Guardian.

14. Matt Hatton


Hatton is the founder and CEO of Machina Research, an analyst firm that focuses full time on the Internet of Things, M2M, and big data strategy.

15. Martyn Etherington


The chief marketing officer at Cisco Jasper, Etherington offers up reflections on how the IoT is transforming businesses.

16. Rob van Kranenburg


Van Kranenburg is the founder of the European-based IoT Council and serves on the SmartCiteisWorld advisory board.

17. Bill McCabe


Based in Denver, McCabe helps tech companies and consultants find IT and IoT employees. His Twitter account has more than 19,000 followers.

18. Robert van der Veur


Der Veur is a manager, business intelligence and analytics at Sogeti Nederland who frequently writes about IoT-related topics on social media.

19. Ajit Jaokar


The Director at AI for Smart Cities Lab, Jaokar is currently working on applying data science algorithms for IoT use cases.

20. Alicia Asín


The CEO of Libelium, Asín has helped develop a modular smart cities platform.

21. Bill Ruh


The CEO of GE Digital and Chief Digital Officer at GE, Ruh has personally led many of the company’s industrial Internet initiatives.

22. Jeff Immelt


GE’s chairman and CEO firmly believes that software and the Internet of Things can usher in the next industrial revolution.

IoT Vendors and Other Organizations

23. IBM IoT


IBM wants to unleash its Watson cognitive computing platform for IoT applications. IBM’s IoT specific Twitter handle has more than 53,000 followers. 

24. Cisco IoT


Few companies have been linked with the Internet of Things as much as Cisco. Cisco IoT hosts a successful weekly Twitter chat dedicated to all things IoT under the #IoTChat hashtag.

25. Intel IoT


Intel’s IoT-specific account includes business- and technology-related news.

26. Microsoft IoT


According to a survey of our readers, Microsoft was virtually tied with Google as the leading company in the Internet of Things space.

27. Samsung IoT


With its Artik platform, Samsung hopes to help make IoT development faster and easier.

28. Bosch


One of the foremast companies leading the charge on the Industrial Internet (or Industrie 4.0, if you prefer), Bosch organizes an Internet of Things conference in Chicago.

29. Oracle IoT


The cloud pioneer is focusing on unlocking business value from IoT sensor data.

30. IEEE IoT


The world’s largest technical professional organization also operates a smart-cities-related Twitter account at @IEEESmartCities.

31. Telefónica IoT


Telefónica IoT provides industry news and updates. The account has more than 42,000 followers. 

32. Particle


The San Francisco-based startup has created hugely popular IoT platforms.



The French M2M company is quickly expanding its technology around the world.

34. Libelium


The company has created an IoT platform for smart cities applications.

35. ThingWorx


The marker of an enterprise IoT platform, the company operates an oft-updated Twitter account dedicated to a range of IoT topics.


36. Stacey Higginbotham


Editor Higginbotham heads up a weekly IoT podcast and newsletter. Higganbothm has experiencing covering high tech and financial subjects related to technolgy. She has worked for GigaOm and Fortune.  

37. IoT Newsroom


This IoT news account has more than 178,000 followers.

38. Net of Everything


Another popular Twitter account dedicated to news on the Internet of Things.

39. IoT Insider


This IoT account covers a range of IoT-related topics, including the Industrial Internet, and smart cities. It has more than 100,000 followers.

40. BuildingIoT


This popular Twitter account is tied to a book about using Arduino to connect objects.

41. Gartner


Gartner has offered some famous predictions about the Internet of Things but also reflects on the main challenges of IoT implementations while providing advice on how to overcome them. Earlier this year, a Gartner survey predicted that the number of businesses adopting the IoT would double in 2016.

42. McKinsey


The management consulting firm may not focus full-time on the Internet of Things, but have provided influential insights on the subject of how IoT technology can create economic value.

43. Accenture


Accenture’s tech arm focuses on digital disruption, including the IoT.

44. The IoT


Focusing on IoT news, @TheIoT also reflects on trends and challenges affecting the Internet of Things implementations.

45. Chetan Sharma


This management consulting firm may not be as well known McKinsey, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, et al., but the firm often serves up enlightening insights related to the Internet of Things. Did you know that more cars were connected to cell service than phones in the first quarter of the year? You do now, thanks to Sharma’s research.  

46. Machina Research


Machina Research has penned influential studies related to the IoT and smart cities.

47. IDC


The international market intelligence firm covers the IT, telecommunications, and technology industries.

48. PTC


The computer software company has moved aggressively into the IoT space with the acquisition of ThingWorx.

49. IoT NOw


Daily IoT news feed.

50. MIT Sloan Management Review


MIT Sloan Management Review includes information on how technology—including the IoT—will affect management. 

About the Author(s)

Brian Buntz

Brian is a veteran journalist with more than ten years’ experience covering an array of technologies including the Internet of Things, 3-D printing, and cybersecurity. Before coming to Penton and later Informa, he served as the editor-in-chief of UBM’s Qmed where he overhauled the brand’s news coverage and helped to grow the site’s traffic volume dramatically. He had previously held managing editor roles on the company’s medical device technology publications including European Medical Device Technology (EMDT) and Medical Device & Diagnostics Industry (MD+DI), and had served as editor-in-chief of Medical Product Manufacturing News (MPMN).

At UBM, Brian also worked closely with the company’s events group on speaker selection and direction and played an important role in cementing famed futurist Ray Kurzweil as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing West event in Anaheim. An article of his was also prominently on kurzweilai.net, a website dedicated to Kurzweil’s ideas.

Multilingual, Brian has an M.A. degree in German from the University of Oklahoma.

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