Digital Literacy through Internet of Things and Design Thinking

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Elevate your Digital Literacy through an understanding of the Internet of Things and the interactive application of Design Thinking.

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Digital Literacy – Knowing, Understanding, and Using digital – is critical to growth, governance, and relevance in today’s age of exponential technological advancements. And, the Internet of Things (IoT) presents one of the largest and fundamental digital literacy challenges.

Workshop Description:

The Internet of Things (IoT) is here. It digitally interconnects physical things, humans and applications, 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, precision agriculture, or other areas, IoT delivers great benefits along with new challenges. The many benefits, which include improved revenue and costs, increased efficiencies, better 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.

Knowing IoT and its effects, however, is not enough. Design thinking is the critical partner that adds the Understanding and the Using (application) 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 Using 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. It’s the critical piece needed for developing better products, services, and policies with IoT.

Virtual Schedule

The three 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.

This training will be taking place virtually on December 14, 15 and 16 with 2 sessions on Monday + Tuesday; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Wednesday will only be 1 morning session. We use a virtual platform that you are able to access from your home network. You do not need your corporate VPN to access the training.


  • Monday, December 14th: 9am-11:00am & 1pm-2:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 15th: 9am-11:00am & 1pm-2:30pm
  • Wednesday, December 16th: 9am-11:00am

You will receive separate invitations to all sessions listed above.

Workshop Content

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, and others
  • IoT as an innovation driver
  • IoT benefits and challenges, including personal, business and societal
  • IoT and digital governance
  • Impact of IoT on government – in operation and public policy
  • Design thinking / user-centered mindset and rationale
  • Design thinking methodology
  • Design thinking practice

Your Experts

Walter Knitl

CEO at Praxiem

Co-Founder and CBDO at IoT613

Walter is the founder and CEO at Praxiem, helping clients discover and deliver their technology innovations through market research, product management, and business development. He is a proponent of the Internet of Things as a lever for economic growth and social good, realized through his role as Co-Founder and CBDO of IoT613, and curator of the IoT613 Conference.

Walter has a record of successful ICT product introductions at Ottawa technology companies, including Ericsson, Nortel, Mitel, Ontario Centre for Microelectronics and Bell-Northern Research. His extensive experience consists of business roles, including Product Management, Account Management, and Commercial Management, as well as technical roles in hardware and software R&D and telecommunication standards development.

Walter holds a BASc degree in Electrical Engineering.

Follow on Twitter @praxiem and @waltofk.

Nilufer Erdebil, P.Eng., MBA, PMP

CEO, Spring2Innovation

Award-winning, Spring2Innovation founder, Nilufer is a leading innovation and design thinking consultant with a range of experience in telecommunications, application development, project management & information technology management. Her firm focuses on strategy and vision development, design thinking, innovation programs, and building innovation capabilities in organizations.

She has been using design thinking methodologies since 2003 in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she has used design thinking techniques and tools for clients at Innovation Science and Economic Development (ISED), Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), along with the Community of Federal Regulators (CFR) in the redesign of its web interface providing regulatory guidance to Canadians and Canadian businesses.

Nilufer holds a B. Eng in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s University. In 2016, she received the Canadian Women in Communications and Technology Leadership Award, and in 2014, she was awarded the Ottawa Business Journal Forty Under 40 Award.

Follow on Twitter @spring2inno and @digitalnil.

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