As more and more devices wirelessly connect to the internet and share data, we need to ensure that the ‘internet of things’ can benefit us all – and as much as possible. The question is: how do we inspire and enable a generation to use it to tackle global challenges?
What we are doing
The Internet of Things Academy (IOTA) is a platform that makes coding and data accessible to everyone, allowing anyone to translate complex bits of data into simple, useful building blocks. Its aim is to provide everyone – from complete beginners to experts – with a place to create and share inspiring hardware and software projects. This could be a noise pollution sensor network you built with your local community or your plans for a smart home. Even someone with no current skills in this area could go onto the platform and find easy steps to create a project that could make a difference.
The idea emerged from out FutureScapes project, where we ran pilots with school children to understand the first steps people need to take to understand how to use this technology. Our partners, Superflux, with support from the Nominet Trust (link out) are now creating a series of iterative tests and small-scale experiments, to understand how various users will use the site.
Watch this video to find out more.
We are already in discussion with a wide variety of partners from trusts to technology companies, but are still on the lookout for more people who can help. We want to bring together a consortium of organisations to bring the platform to life, so please get in touch with Louise Armstrong if you are interested in learning more or would like to get involved.
- From Connections to Change, a discussion paper produced by Forum and Superflux to discuss whether the Internet of Things could be a vital tool in tackling the sustainability challenges we face
- Billions of connections... but to what end? by Hugh Knowles
- Read Wired.com's digital mag, The Connective's article featuring IoTA
- The trouble with the internet of things by James Taplin (originally in GreenBiz)