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Digital Literacy Through Internet of Things and Design Thinking

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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.

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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.

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
  • 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.



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Walter Knitl

Principal at Praxiem
Co-Founder and CBDO at IoT613

Walter is the founder and principal 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 @iot613.


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 sector. 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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