Digital literacy – knowing, understanding, and using digital – is so important to growth, governance, and relevance in today’s age of exponential technological advancement. And, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents one of the largest and fundamental digital literacy challenges.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. It digitally interconnects physical things and humans and generates unprecedented lakes of data about us and the world we live in. Whether applied to wearables, connected transportation, industrial automation, drones, smart cities, or other areas, IoT delivers great benefits along with new challenges. The many benefits, which include improved revenue, costs, increased efficiencies, the standard of living, and convenience are confounded by challenges such as privacy, security, and social disruption. Knowing IoT and these paradoxical effects is a critical part of digital literacy.
However, just knowing IoT and its effects is not enough. Design Thinking is the critical partner that adds understanding and application (using) parts to the literacy whole. To fully deliver on IoT benefits, tackle the challenges, and resolve the contention between them, organizations must first understand their end users’ and stakeholders’, or citizens’ perspectives and needs – which is an important aspect of Design Thinking.
Design Thinking also tackles solution generation with ideation and prototyping through co-creation with end users. Working IoT verticals and policy use cases through the Design Thinking lens delivers on the understanding and application aspects of digital literacy.
This powerful combination of understanding the IoT space and its technologies and how users will use them to solve challenges through design thinking is vital for attaining digital literacy and developing better products, services, and policies with IoT.
This workshop presents what you must know about the Internet of Things and shows you how to apply Design Thinking to innovate IoT solutions and policy.
IoT framework – what, why, why now
IoT architecture including devices, networks, and analytics
IoT application verticals
IoT technologies and disciplines, among them 5G, AI, cybersecurity
IoT benefits and challenges, including personal, business and societal
IoT and government
Use and impact of IoT on operations and public policy
Design Thinking /User-centered mindset and rationale
Design Thinking methodology
Design Thinking practice
The two days will be interactive with guided practical activities so that you’ll leave with hands-on experience in applying IoT with a Design Thinking lens.