ThingTank Lab launches new hands-on professional learning certificate investigating the next generation of Internet enabled devices.

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New Certificate in Designing for the Internet of Things connects the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. Officially kicks off on November 4, 2011 with a free seminar exploring the Internet of Things moderated by Stefan Powell (InterAccess) and Matt Ratto (University of Toronto). Curriculum includes four day-long core courses in November designed to familiarize students with the latest technologies, skills and techniques necessary to innovate in the Internet of Things. The Certificate will take place in the ThingTank Lab, a Toronto-based ideation lab.

Students prototype an Internet enabled smoke detector

Students prototype an Internet enabled smoke detector

As the power of the Internet moves into everyday devices, digital media companies need to build capacity in designing for the Internet of Things. Our Certificate provides them with the skills and knowledge needed to create innovative solutions.

The ThingTank Lab is teaming up with the iSchool Institute at the University of Toronto to launch a new professional learning certificate in Designing for the Internet of Things. The Certificate kicks off in the Toronto Lab on November 4, 2011 with a free introductory seminar and will continue throughout the month of November with four day-long sessions focused on the hands-on skills needed to build a digitally enabled device such as an Internet enabled smoke detector. Registration is now open at http://www.thingtanklab.com/certificate

Increasingly, digital media is being experienced through objects and interfaces that are not necessarily bound by the screen. For the next generation of products and services, websites and mobile content will be only one aspect of the user’s experience. Smart meters or wearable electronics, for example, connect the real world of objects to online digital networks of data. These digitally enabled networked objects are what is known as the Internet of Things.

As the power of the Internet moves into everyday devices, Ontario digital media and content companies need to build capacity in designing digital media for the Internet of Things. The Certificate starts from the idea that understanding and innovating in the Internet of Things requires both ideational and technical skills. The curriculum includes both conceptual and hands-on coursework, exploring the various skills necessary to innovate within the new space; electronics, rapid prototyping, communication protocols and the design process. Courses will be taught by experienced instructors who are active in the Toronto tech and hacker community through organizations like HackLab.to, InterAccess, and Site3. More information is available at http://www.thingtanklab.com/certificate.

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